Note: this policy includes a site plan with first floor plans of five buildings on the property, showing additions and alterations to mansion house as well.
Two surveys were made, one in 1847 for Frederick Seckel, and one in 1856 for E. H. Butler.
"Two two story stone houses and one frame barn. Situate about 120 ft. above the Methodist Meetinghouse Lane, one fronting Main Street (Germantown Avenue) and large mansion about 140 ft. NE of Main Street, and frame barn about 65 ft. north of mansion house. And a two story stone house situate about 100 ft. north of said Meetinghouse Lane and fronting the same, and a two story frame house finished for two tenements on the SE side of Methodist Meetinghouse Lane. All in the borough of Germantown in the county of Philadelphia.
"No. 1 is the two story stone mansion house. Dimensions 45 ft 4
in. by 25 feet deep with a two story stone kitchen built against
the NW gable end 21 ft 10 in front by 20 ft deep. A piazza along
the front of mansion 13 ft 2 in wide, and 11 ft 4 in to ceiling,
yellow pine floor, 4 large turned posts on square marble blocks
to support the roof which is cedar shingles with trough shingled
in the roof and tin conductors and eaves finished with gothic
cornice. A front door into entry, white pine 2 panels, 7 ft by 4
ft and 2 in. thick, moulded on outside and bead and butt inside
door frame, finished with side lights and a large circular
transom over door very handsomely finished. Six 12 light windows
glass 11 by 18 first story front, 4 in main house and two in
kitchen. In second story front seven 12 light windows glass 11
by 10, five in main house and 2 in kitchen and 5 dormer windows
front, 12 lights each and glass 9 by 11, three on main house and
2 in kitchen.
"in the rear of mansion house, in the centre is a recess 4 ft 10 in. deep by 17 ft wide, which extends the entry and makes sufficient room for stairs with a piazza along the rear of recess 11 ft 6 in wide and 7 ft 8 in to ceiling with two turned posts and finished same as front piazza. A back entry door.....a door in rear of kitchen.....
"In second story 4 windows, one in recess with side lights and two others in main house same as front, and one in kitchen.....and two dormers on roof same as front. On NE gable end a door from kitchen into yard.....and a plain pizza extending along gable to privey. The windows on first and second story of house and kitchen have double Venetion blind shutters, 1 3/4 in. on the outside and hung with strap hinges and all well painted green.....outside of door and window frames finished with Grecian moulding. Windows in first story recessed. And inside 2 panel 1 in. shutters to all the windows, with moulding in the window jambs all finished with panel work and inside of door and window frames finished with pilasters, except the garret which is Grecian moulding.....
"First story divided into a large hall running through the centre the depth of building and recess. Two parlors one on each side of hall, and a entry running from hall in rear of room No. 2 to the kitchen part. Hall running the depth of building 9 ft. wide with an open newel stairs into garret.....turned pine newel posts and bannisters and mahogony hand rail.....Room No. 1 on the right of entry 15 ft 9 in by 21 ft 7 in with a fireplace, a neat white marble mantel and fire grate, 3 windows and wash boards, a very neat cornice around ceiling same as entry. Room No. 2 on left of entry or hall 15 ft 9 in by 17 ft with an Egyptian marble mantel and cast iron jambs to fireplace, two windows and a door.....Ceiling in first story 11 ft.
"Kitchen with a cellar under and an outside front cellar door double and marble cheeks.....kitchen part finished in same manner as main house. first story divided into a small entry 5 ft wide running along the rear and joining rear entry of large house. Entry with a door 7 ft by 3 ft into each room, a door opening into yard, a closed yellow pine winding stairs into garret with a small closet at bottom of stairs. Room No. 1 next to main house 6 ft 8 in by 11 ft, one window e closets and shelves in room, this room appears to be a store room. Room No. 2 which is the kitchen 11 ft by 12 ft, one window, a fireplace with large kitchen range and dresser, an outside door, a door with a passage under stairs and pine steps into cellar. The kitchen has all the required fixtures to convey water to the bathroom.
"Second story main house and divided into an entry and 4 rooms.....Story of kitchen part divided into a small entry at head of stairs, a bathroom and two rooms.....
"Garret of main house lathed plastered and finished and divided into an entry and 3 rooms.....Roof of house and kitchen pitching two ways.....Kitchen and piazza finished with Gothic cornice. The roof of recess pitching two ways with a d. window in peak and eaves finished same as house.
"No. 2 is a two story stone house on the NE side of Germantown
Main Street and in front of mansion house. Dimensions 33 ft
front by 22 1/2 feet deep. With all panel yellow pine front door
opening into entry 7 ft 4 in by 3 ft 4 in and 2 in thick moulded
on outside and lined on inside.....three 12 light windows in
first story glass 8 by 13, with double 1 in. white pine 3 panel
shutters moulded on inside bead and butt outside and hung with
strap hinges. 4 windows in second story front.....and two plain
dormer windows in garret.....Entry running depth of building 5 ft
8 in wide to stairs.....Room No. 1 on right of entry 18 1/2 ft by
12 ft 7 in ( a door under stairs with common pine steps into
cellar) with windows cased and moulded, a fireplace with a dark
marble mantel, a closet with 4 doors paneled on left of fireplace
and 7 in. wash boards with bead, room papered. Room No. 2 on
left of entry 18 ft 7 in by 10 ft 8 in with fireplace and plain
black marble mantel with a closet on left and a closet in wall
with a double 3 panel door each and a door into kitchen.....one
window, washboards and room papered same as other room.
"Second story white pine floor planed, ploughed and groved, and divided into a small entry at head of stairs and 3 windows, a window at half pace on stairs.....(details on windows, mantels, etc. in each room)
"A one story stone kitchen adjoining house, 16 ft by 12 ft and ceiling 6 ft 11 in with a yellow pine floor, a door into room No. 2.....fireplace and closet and a flat cedar shingle roof pitching one way with wooden troughs, a plain piazza at back part of house, 7 ft 9 in wide with two yellow pine posts to support the roof which has cedar rafters.....Hip roof to house which is rather old. Tin trough shingled in roof in front and a neat plain cornice, one tin conductor, plain eaves in rear with wooden trough and conductor, a chimney in each gable end."
"No. 3 is a two story stone house 109 1/2 ft from the NW side of
Methodist Meetinghouse Lane and fronting the same and 111 ft from
mansion house. One half of first story is not finished. The
other half together with the second story and garret is finished
for a dwelling. Dimensions 38 ft front by 18 ft deep, a cellar
12 by 18 ft under finished part. Front of house two ledged
doors, one into finished part, and 4 12 light windows with double
2 panel shutters with strap hinges in first story and seven 12
light windows in second story front with double 1 in. Venetian
blinds painted green and two plain dormer windows on roof, three
6 light windows in rear of building and one 4 light in each gable
end.....Room in first story with a door and two windows front and
two small windows in rear.....fireplace and closet, a closed
white pine winding stairs into garret and a door with rough steps
under stairs into cellar.....
"Second story.....divided into a small entry at head of stairs and 3 rooms. Entry with a continuation of stairs into garret, and a door into room No. 1 & 2. Room No. 1: 12 ft 34 in by 12 ft 4 in with 3 windows and closet. Room No. 2: 11 ft 6 in by 15 ft 6 in, two windows and a door into room No. 3. Room No. 3: 10 ft by 10 ft 6 in with 2 windows and one corner trimmed for a stairs.....
"Garrett.....divided into 2 rooms of equal size. Roof pitching two ways....."
Another survey of this building is found in a different 1846 policy.
"No. 4 is the barn which is 3 parts frame and one part stone. Situate about 50 ft from mansion house. Dimension 57 ft front by 19 ft deep and 15 ft up to square 16 1/2 ft of the front is only one story being 8 1/2 ft up to square. Large part of barn divided into a coach house, a horse stable and feed entry. In one story part a feed room front and cow stable back. On front of building a double door to coach house.....Hayloft.....Roof pitching two ways, with hemlock rafters, oak lath and white pine shingles, with troughs shingled in room and tin conductor. Roof on one story part pitching one way and same as main roof. A neat cupola on barn roof with spire and letters toward the 4 points of the compass....."
"No. 5 is a two story frame house finished for two tenements.
Situate on the SE side of Methodist Meetinghouse Lane (Haines
St.) and about 75 yards from Main Street (Germantown Avenue) in
the borough of Germantown.
"Dimensions 26 ft 4 in front on side lane by 19 ft deep with a two story frame kitchen attached in rear, 11 1/2 ft deep extending along rear of building with a cellar. Front house and kitchen part divided equal into two dwelling and finished the same. With a door opening into each room front.....and two 15 light 8 by 10 glass windows, with double three panel 1 in. shutters hung with strap hinges in first story and 4-12 light in second story with double Venetian shutters front. A ledged door and 4-12 lights and one 4 light in each gable end, 2 windows in first story, 2 in second and the 4 light in loft, and 4-12 light windows in rear, 2 in each story. The first story sides and rear windows with single ledged shutters. The weatherboards running lengthwise in front, the boards narrow, rabbeted and painted sides and rear, the boards rough wide and rabbeted.....A rough piazza along the rear of kitchen.....a door in floor into cellar.....Front room in each dwelling first story a front door, two windows, a fireplace with plain wooden mantel, a closed white pine stairs into second story and a door into kitchen.....Ceiling 7 ft 6 in. Kitchens with a ledged door each into yard, two windows, a fireplace with shelf, mantel, a closet with ledged door and wash boards, ceiling 6 ft 10 in.
"Second story a small entry at head of stairs with a door into each room. Front room 3 windows, fireplace with shelf mantel, a closet with ledged door and wash board beaded 5 in. Ceiling 7 1/2 ft with trap door into loft. Room over kitchen 2 windows, a closet with ledged door and washboards. Ceiling 6 ft. 11 in. Roof pitching two ways with cedar shingles, boxed eaves on back part of roof a plain cornice in front with wooden troughs and conductor, and two trap doors on roof. Knob locks to front doors, bolts to shutters and back doors, and thumb latches to other doors....."
"Of building No. 1: The two story stone mansion house described
in the original survey.....A two story bay window in rear of No.
1, sash, 8 lights.....Rooms No. 1 & 2 and hall of 1st story the
ceiling finished with plaster cornice and centre pieces. The
partition between the dining room & kitchen, and also the private
stairs fron 1st to 2nd story as marked on the original plans have
been removed. And a new two story stone stairway built in the
rear, dimensions 11 by 12 ft, a yellow pine floor in each story.
The first story 2 out doors, one with a 3 light transom also a
doorway communicating with dining room.....a closed stair of
yellow pine boards to 2nd story with a flight of steps under to
cellar, also a closet under stairs.....
"The 2nd story a door way communicating with private entry over the dining room.....
"A one story stone kitchen adjoining and communicating with dining room, with a pantry and small entry off, at entry an out door.....a fireplace with cooking range, copper boiler, pipes for hot and cold water, iron sink, a large kitchen closet, washboards beaded.....Story 8 1/2 ft, a single pitch tin roof, gutter, cornice, tin conductors. Cellar under all the house, furnace in the cellar to heat the house, gas pipes, a register in hall, each parlor and dining room."
Addendum: "June 8th, 1859. Survey of a one story brick kitchen adjoining building No. 1 and communicating with said building. Yellow pine floor, a doorway to stairs, jamps and head cased plain door 2 panels.....and a doorway to other kitchen, door with a 9 light sash, glass 9 x 15 in., two out doorways, at one door jambs and head cased plain and at other solid frame, marble sill.....outside white pine panel'd shutters, iron strap hinges.....Gas over upright boiler, iron sink, pipes for hot and cold water, brass spigots.....A 2nd story of private stair part partitioned off for a water closet and finished in the usual manner....."
See original surveys for more details regarding materials, woodwork, windows, shutters, eaves and cornices, etc.