Architectural artistic fantasy. This home and tour is a great treat for the senses. Out tour guide, Tony, provided great stories to appreciate the building efforts, genius use of materials, and artistry of Fonthill. Henry Chapman Mercer was undoubtedly an interesting intellect of his time.
This was the first of three concrete buildings he constructed and all are still standing over 100 years later.
The tour is just over an hour and takes in part of the 44 room, 32 staircase, 10 bath, 5 bedroom home. Each room on the tour has a different feel, variety of tiles, art, and windows.
Going on a sunny day provides better light to see the intricate details of each room. I am excited to return and see more. Be sure to see the nearby Moravian Pottery & Tile works as well as the eclectic Mercer museum (about a mile away).
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