When you visit Andalusia, home for generations of one of Philadelphia's first families, you share in the hospitality enjoyed by illustrious guests for more than 150 years.
President John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Joseph Bonaparte, former King of Spain, were entertained by Nicholas Biddle, the young nation's most powerful early 19th c. banker, as well as poet, editor, architectural authority, experimental farmer, and political and financial adversary of President Andrew Jackson sometimes wearing party masks for masquerade. Begun in 1797, and expanded in 1806 and 1835 by two of America's most acclaimed architects — Benjamin H. Latrobe and Thomas U. Walter — Andalusia is the finest example of Greek Revival domestic architecture in the United States.
American and European furnishings, many of them owned by Biddle himself, fill the sumptuous mansion. From its columned porch you will survey the Delaware River at the foot of the lawn, then stroll the park grounds, carefully maintained buy text links in the 19th century tradition. Biddle's romantic out-buildings — a Gothic Grotto and temple-like Billiard Room — will delight you. Within the walls of the Graperies, where formerly hothouse grapes were raised, is a modern-day rose garden. In its grounds, buildings, and furnishings, Andalusia captures the genius of its best known owner and reflects the elegance of 19th century life.