Fonthill (house)

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Fonthill
Fonthill
Fonthill (house) is located in Pennsylvania
Location:Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates:40°19′16″N 75°07′22″W / 40.321158°N 75.122902°W / 40.321158; -75.122902Coordinates: 40°19′16″N 75°07′22″W / 40.321158°N 75.122902°W / 40.321158; -75.122902
Built:1908
Architect:Dr. Henry C. Mercer
Architectural style:Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)
Governing body:Private
Part of:Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (#85002366)
NRHP Reference#:72001094
Significant dates
Added to NRHP:June 1, 1972[1]
Designated NHLDCP:February 4, 1985[2]
 
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Fonthill
Fonthill
Fonthill (house) is located in Pennsylvania
Location:Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Coordinates:40°19′16″N 75°07′22″W / 40.321158°N 75.122902°W / 40.321158; -75.122902Coordinates: 40°19′16″N 75°07′22″W / 40.321158°N 75.122902°W / 40.321158; -75.122902
Built:1908
Architect:Dr. Henry C. Mercer
Architectural style:Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)
Governing body:Private
Part of:Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (#85002366)
NRHP Reference#:72001094
Significant dates
Added to NRHP:June 1, 1972[1]
Designated NHLDCP:February 4, 1985[2]

Fonthill was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. The interior was originally painted in pastel colors, but age and sunlight have all but eradicated any hint of the former hues. It contains much built-in furniture and is embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is filled with an extensive collection of ceramics embedded in the concrete of the house, as well as other artifacts from his world travels, including cuneiform tablets discovered in Mesopotamia dating back to over 2300 BCE. The home also contains around 1,000 prints from Mercer's extensive collection, as well as over six thousand books, almost all of which were annotated by Mercer himself.

The home was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972,[1] and was later included in a National Historic Landmark District along with the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and the Mercer Museum.[2] These three structures are the only poured-in-place concrete structures built by Mercer. The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works is located on the same property as Fontill, and the Mercer Museum is located approximately one mile away. Water and pollution have caused damage to all of the structures, none more so than at Fonthill, where replacement of damaged windowsills is almost an annual event.

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Myths and Mischief

The area containing Fonthill and its adjoining woods, listed on neighborhoodscout.com as "N St/East St," has the highest crime rate in all of Doylestown, at a safety rating of 52, 100 being the safest.[3] This is because it is illegal to trespass on Fonthill property after dark, though its copious expanse of woods and hiding places make it ideal for vagrants seeking refuge and minors wishing to partake in mischief.

It has also been long rumored that the ghost of Henry Chapman Mercer's housekeeper still haunts the Fonthill castle, making it one of Doylestown's prime supernatural hotspots.[4]

Use in popular culture

The house is featured (by name and description) in Lewis Shiner's 1990 novel Slam, although in the book it has been relocated to Galveston, Texas.

On the Viva La Bam Seasons 2 & 3 DVD, it is revealed that Bam Margera shot the video for "And Love Said No" by HIM at Fonthill Castle. In 2007, Margera filmed parts of Minghags at the Fonthill Castle.

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