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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Lynnewood Hall Family - RMS Titanic Connection

Yet another video came to my attention

To say 'came to my attention' - among many one stands out, and as I click to watch what is being shown, sometimes there is more to find out to know.

To watch the video on YouTube

'Lynnewood Hall in Elkins Park, Montgomory County, Pennsylvania, designed by architect Horace Trumbauer for industrialist Peter A. B. Widener between 1897 and 1900. Considered the largest surviving Gilded Age mansion in the Philadelphia area, it housed one of the most important Gilded Age private art collections of European masterpieces and decorative arts assembled by Widener and his younger son Joseph.

Peter A. B. Widener died at Lynnewood Hall at the age of 80 on November 6, 1915 after prolonged poor health. He was predeceased by his elder son George Dunton Widener and grandson Harry Elkins Widener, both of whom died when the Titanic sank in 1912.'

'Peter A. B. Widener was an investor of the R.M.S. Titanic, having invested in International Mercantile Marine, owner of the White Star Line, with J.P. Morgan.

George Dunton Widener and Harry Elkins Widener, the eldest son and grandson of Peter A. B. Widener respectively, both died in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. George and his wife, Eleanor Elkins Widener, had traveled to Europe with their son Harry in 1912, booking a return passage on the ship's maiden voyage.

George hosted a grand dinner party aboard the world's most luxurious cruise ship.The ship's captain, E.J. Smith, had to leave the party early to check on reports of icebergs ahead.George, his valet, and Harry died in the sinking, while Eleanor and her maid survived by boarding a lifeboat with other First Class women.

The library in Lynnewood was turned into a ballroom after the sinking of the Titanic. Peter A. B. Widener died in his bed at Lynnewood Hall just three years later. The New York Times reported that he succumbed to "old age and deep sorrow caused by the loss of his son and his grandson in the Titanic disaster.'Continuing to quote Wikipedia : - 'This property is currently on the market for $16,000,000 [13]as of June 2017[14]. A historical restoration architect estimated in 2014 that it would take about $50 million to restore the mansion to its former glory, however Realtor Frank Johnson suggests the property could be renovated for $3 million to $8 million dollars.'
As the video identifies - more detail is available:
 At 33.85 acres (according to Montgomery County Board of Assessment data), Lynnewood Hall currently is owned by the First Korean Church of New York. However, Lynnewood is not in use by that church and remains vacant. As of 2007 no significant stabilization or repair efforts have been evident. On June 25, 2007, the Cheltenham Township Planning Commission reviewed and denied a submitted request (Appeal No. 3225) by the First Korean Church of New York, Inc., owner of premises known as 920 Spring Avenue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania from the Decision of the Zoning Officer for a variance from the rules and regulations of the Class R-2 Residence District as outlined in CCS 295-14. for the use of the premises as a Church and a Domicile for a Caretaker/Assistant Pastor instead of one of the permitted enumerated uses. This was the second such request, the first submitted in 1998, for a variance. That resulted in a lawsuit [see First Korean Church of New York v. Twp. of Cheltenham Zoning Bd; submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court May 2001], which upheld Cheltenham's denial of the request'
Well because I got tingles watching this video...such a beautiful home that is evidence of the great minds that design and build history
 Over the entrance of one of the gates it is written THEOLOGICAL - not knowing if added since, or by the previous owners. Will we see Providence at work here.
The drone footage is stunning...the building is like a cross. In just reviewing quotes on the video, again I got tingles
 Visiting Galloway and Dumfries in Scotland for a few days much needed respite; friends took me to Dalbeattie. Visiting the museum -  I noticed Inside a section dedicated to The Titanic with a replica of the HOPE DIAMOND on display. Documents are also on display that bring a reality to life.  
There is no doubt I was meant to see this at the time.
Just to add to this:
Dalbeattie has been the birthplace of many seamen, few better known or more maligned than William McMaster Murdoch, First Officer (First Mate) of the RMS 'Titanic' of the White Star Line. A monument to this seaman is set in the granite walls of Dalbeattie Town Hall. It recalls his death aboard the 'Titanic' after she sank on 15th April 1912, having collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
There is surely much more going on in our world - more we are meant to know and understand. When we understand, perhaps we will understand the reality of a lost generation who are divided. Some stay with the memories of the past that divided people and the way of our world, others blank everything out.
History happened for a reason. We cannot ignore the in between or what is happening now in our world.  The search for truth continues. 
Peace be with you
Pauline Maria

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