Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Wolfington Hall

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Institution Name: Saint Joseph's University
Original/Historic Place Name: Wolfington Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1894original construction Price, William L.
Designer: William L. Price (Philadelphia)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Wolfington Hall was built in 1894 for John Marshall Gest by William L. Price (1861-1916). Price was a disciple of Frank Furness and is credited with establishing the character of two of the nation's great resorts: Atlantic City and Miami. Among his biggest and best known projects were the Marlborough, the Blenheim, and Traymore hotels, all in Atlantic City and now demolished.


Catholic Herald. [n.d.].

Contosta, David R. Saint Joseph's: Philadelphia's Jesuit University, 150 years. Philadelphia, PA: Saint Joseph's University Press, 2001.

Donnelly, Eleanor C. A Memoir of Father Felix Joseph Barbelin, S. J. Philadelphia, PA: Frank A. Fasy, 1866.

Kathrens, Michael C. American Splendor, The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer. New York: Acanthus Press, 2002.

Noll, Ray Robert. "A History of St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, Pa. Before the Civil War." Manuscript. Archives, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.

Philadelphia Catholic Standard and Times. [n.d.].

Public Ledger. [n.d.].

Talbot, Francis X. Jesuit Education in Philadelphia: St. Joseph's College. 1851-1926. Philadelphia, PA: Saint Joseph's University Press, 1927.

Thomas, George E. William L. Price Arts and Crafts to Modern Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.


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