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A582, Sweetbriar Mansion, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 2017.jpg
Sweetbriar Mansion
Location West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia[1]
Built 1797[2]
Architectural style(s) Federal[2]
Sweetbriar is located in Pennsylvania
Location of Sweetbriar in Pennsylvania
Sweetbriar is located in the US
Sweetbriar (the US)

Sweetbriar is a Neoclassical mansion in the Federal style built in 1797[2] in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.[1] The mansion was built by Samuel Breck and named for the roses that grew on the property.[3] The interior includes a double parlor and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Schuylkill River.[2] Period pieces include Chinese armorial porcelain, Hepplewhite and Sheraton style chairs, and Adam style furniture.[2] Wedgwood jasperware and fireplaces with delicate plaster decorations were influenced by discoveries in the ancient houses of Pompeii.[2] Bird prints by John James Audubon and paintings by William Birch decorate the walls.[2]

The house was operated by the Modern Club of Philadelphia from 1939 to 2014. It has been closed while undergoing renovations as the city looks for a new organization to maintain it.[4]

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  • Moss, Roger W.; Crane, Tom (1998), Historic Houses of Philadelphia: A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes, University of Pennsylvania Press 

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Coordinates: 39°58′37″N 75°12′03″W / 39.9769833°N 75.2008667°W / 39.9769833; -75.2008667