Historic House Listings

Love this house and property! The Butterfly House, Circa 1912. One acre in Pennsylvania. $1,600,000

September 3, 2022

I love the landscaping with this property! Known as the Butterfly House due to the two wings on both sides of the structure. This is the first time it is on the market in 56 years. The Butterfly House was built in 1912. It is located on .90 acres in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. The home features beautiful patios, hardwood floors, built-ins, fireplaces, claw foot tubs and solid wood doors. The landscaped gardens have beautiful fountains and walkways. Eight bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,549 square feet. $1,600,000

Contact Doug Carlson with Long and Foster Real Estate: 610-892-8300

From the Zillow listing:


Extremely rare opportunity to own a piece of Rose Valley history. For the first time in 56 years this home, known as “The Butterfly House” because of the projecting wings on both sides of the structure, is available for purchase. This home was designed by the famous architect William Lightfoot Price. Price designed buildings and homes that dot the landscape of Philly neighborhoods such as Germantown and Overbrook Farms as well as suburban locations in Wayne and Media (Media Armory). Price pioneered the use of reinforced concrete in the design of hotels and railroad stations from Atlantic City to Chicago. Price also had a modern view of community and is credited with being the founder of the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts Colony as well as nearby Arden, DE. Both boroughs were envisioned as utopian communities where artisans from all walks of life could live together, share their creative talents and raise their families in a tight knit community. Price believed that his designs should be beautiful and functional while always reflecting the craftsman’s humanity. Over a century later, Price’s architectural and utopian vision continue to provide a very unique living experience for the residents of Rose Valley and it is considered one of the most desirable communities in Delaware County. The cottages of Porter Lane are inspired by the English Arts and Crafts Movement. The “Butterfly House”, located at 1 Porter Lane, is the largest of the original properties on the street and sits on just under 1 acre of ground (.9). The residence is very private while being in the heart of a bustling community. Walking distance to the Rose Valley-Moylan train station, the Hedgerow Theater, and the Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge. Also, with easy access to the Rose Valley Swim Club for a dip on a hot summer day. The home boasts 8 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and 2 fireplaces. Mercer tile insets offer unique architectural detail as well as original Ludowici tile roofing. The lavish grounds have plenty of room for entertaining and gardening or just sitting and enjoying the outdoors. There is also a greenhouse with its own gas heater. Pass under a gorgeous vine covered portico area as you enter the front door. To the right of the front door there is a pathway and staircase that leads down to the driveway in front of the garage. To the right, another pathway that leads to a beautiful side yard, garden area and the greenhouse. Once in the foyer, to your left is the living area with fireplace and built ins. To the right is the dining room. Through the foyer you will find the kitchen, a breakfast room, a butler’s pantry with sink, wine fridge and exit to the side yard. The kitchen has a 2nd set of stairs to the second floor. Behind the kitchen is a bedroom/den or “maids quarters” with full bath and an exit to a rear porch over the garage. The 2nd floor has 5 bedrooms and a full bath. The primary bedroom is quite large and has a seating area. Continuing up to the 3rd floor you will find 2 nicely sized bedrooms and a 3rd full bathroom. One of the two bedrooms has an exit out to a balcony/porch with gorgeous views of the yard, woods, and natural surroundings. The laundry and interior access to the 2-car garage are accessed through a staircase and door to the basement between the foyer and kitchen. Come tour the “Butterfly House” in one of the most sought after and famous areas of Rose Valley and all of Delaware County.



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