Colonial Revival on College Ave in Haverford

A Well Designed and Well Built Home


Drawn by architects Bunting & Shrigley in 1922

An aerial view of the 2.28 acre estate



Impressive from every angle



The house and carriage house are set on over two acres of wonderfully landscaped grounds



As Seen in the Railroad Atlas from 1920’s


the grounds include a lovely pond with waterfall


and well maintained beds




the Exterior of the house and grounds as seen today



a view towards the carriage house


Welcome to 526 College Ave


The Main Stairs of Mahogany in the Entry Foyer


Mahogany stairs carry visitors past the Palladian window on the landing


Attention to detail from design through execution


a gracious dining room with built in cabinets and brick fireplace





A welcoming Living Room


With a Massive Fireplace




Below Floor Firewood Storage


Even the “Kitchen Dressers” and Pantry are of a fine quality




a spacious kitchen and breakfast room







A first floor study

with wood burning fireplace


This second floor study was called the Sewing Room on the original plans


a sleeping porch off the Sewing Room overlooks the carriage house and grounds

Other Bedrooms and bathrooms on the Second Floor








the original owner – Hugh McIlvain – Hardwood Lumber Merchant




Mahogany found throughout the home and featured prominently in the Entry Door





the design of the Date Stone


The execution of the date stone

the date stone close up:

Hugh and Mary Bunting McIlvain

additional plans which have stayed with the house








The front entry way and rear porch are laid with “Old Dutch Tile” from OW Ketcham in Philadelphia



OW Ketcham – Terra Cotta Tile from 1920’s as seen in the original order


and in correspondence regarding the “Old Dutch Tile” with Mr McIlvain


Many original estimates, invoices and correspondence have also been saved by the family

and tell an awesome story of this homes construction and attention to detail


The original paperwork for the purchase



and the drawing up of the deeds

by the law firm of another McIlvain family member Joseph T Bunting



A wide range of items have been saved and passed down through the owners


from The Date Stone



The Man and His Horse for Hauling


Architects and family member Morgan Bunting of Bunting and Shrigley

arranged many of the Details and the Drawings


Even the Lightening Rod which is still on the house

But much of the correspondence was with Mr McIlvain himself

as he was recently retired from the business and was very involved in the building process


The driveway


A list of Mahogany needed for the main stairs

The gardens also show an attention to detail



Original Budgets for the House




Were continuously updated as new bids came in




Mr McIlvain worked with the best in the Industry

OW Ketcham was a leading manufacturer at that time






The house stayed in the McIlvain family as Edna Bunting McIlvain inherited the land at 526 College Ave

and she continued living next to her sister Mary who had married C.W. Edgerton and resided at 532 College Ave