There has been much discussion lately about a developer's plans to modify and renovate Wayne's famous Louella mansion. Built between 1867 and 1868, Louella was home to J. Henry Askin, the first entrepreneur to consider turning the area that would become Wayne into a suburban development.
Louella, now the oldest building in downtown Wayne, is set to become a 12-unit condominium, which, according to the developer, will require many historic elements to be replaced. Among these are the entrance doors, seen here in 1870, which will supposedly be replaced by similar copies.
Other features in place for at least 130 years will also be replaced, including interior woodwork, dormers along the mansion's roof, and original windows. Last week, the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary plan for these changes in a 4-2 vote. This photograph is from an album of scenes at Louella by renowned Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst.
- Greg Prichard,