Woodcrest

Photo portrait of James W. Paul, Jr.

James W. Paul, Jr.

The 238 acre Woodcrest estate was located in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. The Tudor Revival mansion was built 1899-1902 for James W. Paul, Jr. by Horace Trumbauer, an architect from Philadelphia who designed many of the city's largest private residences, including that of Peter A.B. Widener and the Elkins family. His firm would later partner with Zantzinger, Borie and Medary to design the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Significant family events were held at Woodcrest, including both James Paul's funeral in 1908 and the wedding of his daughter Mary to her first husband, Charles Munn, in 1909. Mary inherited Woodcrest, and the estate was kept in the Paul family until 1925. The mansion still stands as part of the Cabrini University campus

Portrait of Mary Astor Paul Allez

Oil portrait of Mary Paul Allez by Philip Alexius de László, 1929

Mary Paul Munn Allez spent her teen years and the early years of her marriage at Woodcrest. A condolence letter from Mary to a Mrs. William Quirk from 1921 expresses her grief over the death of a man employed by the family at the estate for many years. She writes "It is a link of my childhood happiness gone and what Woodcrest will be without him...Pauline and Charlie [her children] are with me here and they both feel the news very deeply..." Quirk has been identified as the driver of the coach in the photo below, but his exact role at the estate is unknown. 

The eastern wing of Woodcrest mansion contained the living and working spaces of the many people who would have served the Paul family and maintained the home, grounds, and stables. On the inside of the building was one door that entered the eastern wing on each floor of the mansion, separating the servants' quarters and spaces of domestic labor from the more formal rooms used by the Pauls.

Stables at Woodcrest, Radnor, Pa.