8765 Stenton Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection: 1970.69)


DATE: Unknown
ORIGINAL OWNER: William Platt
ARCHITECT: Unknown
CONTRACTOR: Unknown

"Rauhala". Hotchkin, p. 439 - "We next reach the place of Mr. Kelsey, on the same side.
The house was built by William Platt, who resided in it after he had lived in the last-
named house. Then John Welsh, Jr. owned it for a number of years. Later, it was purchased
by Mr. Kelsey. Birch Lane runs along the side of the property. This is a sweet rustic
lane, which in its wildness appears to be far away from the rush of city life, with its
"madding crowd". There is a beautiful spring on this property near the lane. There are
two basins to contain the water, and a country path and a miniature waterfall are
striking points in the landscape, while overhanging trees add beauty to the scene.
A stream runs along the base of the hill. The Albert Kelsey mansion has a bay window
on the upper side, and a stone porch adorns the front. The cattle feeding on the hillside,
in the early morning, where the pasture extends along the Birch Lane, presents a scene
which would delight a painter like Rosa Bonheur. Beyond Birch Lane lies the Bucknell
property and residence, and the Consumptive's Home. Page 501 - "Rauhala" has been described
in the Telegraph. The name is Swedish and means peaceful home.