Ravenhill Mansion

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

William Weightman was a partner in the firm of Powers and Weightman, a chemical supply manufacturing company. At one time he was considered to be the richest man in Pennsylvania. Weightman owned this house by 1844, however parts of this house may date as far back as 1802. He undertook major renovations to the home in 1876 and 1887. The noted Philadelphia architect, Willis Gaylord Hale was involved in much of this work. At Weightman's death in 1904, the property passed on to his daughter, Ann Marie. In 1910, Ann Marie gave the estate to the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 1919, the Archdiocese gave it to an order of nuns, Religious of the Assumption. They opened a private girl's school which eventually became known as Ravenhill Academy. In 1982, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science purchased the school and surrounding 27 acres. Presently, the mansion houses the administrative and faculty offices for the School of General Studies. - Philadelphia University



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1802/00/00 Oldest portions of Ravenhill may have been built c 1802.
1887/00/00 Willis Gaylord Hale Architect Willis Gaylord Hale renovates Ravenhill for William Weightman, 1876 and 1887.
1910/00/00 Anne Weightman, daughter of William Weightman, donates Ravenhill to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1910.
1940/00/00 Grace Kelly Education Grace Kelly attends Ravenhill Academy, a Catholic girls' school in Philadelphia.

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Particulars for Ravenhill Mansion:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Education
Building Type Mansion
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use School
Historic Use Single dwelling

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