5919 Germantown Avenue
Butler Mansion

LCP: John G. Bullock Collection, number 52 (lantern slide).

The imposing Butler Mansion, set well back from Germantown Avenue in the middle of the block between Haines and High Streets, was probably built in the late 1840's. In the last half of the nineteenth century, E. H. Butler and his son Edgar H. Butler made substantial additions and modifications from the 1850's through the 1880's (including a portico and conservatory) and tore down the much older original house included in the property (a two story stucco house with a hip roof, fronting on Germantown Avenue).

The nineteenth-century property also included a large barn, a combination dwelling and workshop, and a two-family tenement house--all included in the insurance surveys. The mansion was demolished in 1914 for the construction of Germantown High School.

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