Design of the Mansion
The handsome, stone Montrose Mansion, designed by Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre and completed in 1914, was the home of John Barnes Townsend and his wife, the former Margaret Riley. The 36-acre property, a wedding gift from Margaret's father, overlooks the Gulph Creek Valley to the North.
The Mansion's 22 rooms feature details such as Tudor archways and paneling, molded plaster ceilings, and intricate wood carving. It is a home that is gracious and hospitable, warm and elegant, with beautiful grounds and landscaped terraces. After several changes of ownership over the years, it is the crown jewel of the Inn at Villanova University, and is a favorite venue for weddings, special celebrations and corporate events.