Pierre du Pont House Expansion at Longwood Celebrates 100 Years

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Pierre du Pont modernized what would later become Longwood Gardens in 1914 with heat, electricity and plumbing and constructed a two-story addition with a library and a courtyard conservatory.

Du Pont added modern technology to the conservatory with sash windows and screens that lowered into the basement during the winter months, fire proof doors, air conditioning, electric plate warming ovens in the kitchen and a towel dryer.

An outdoor, glass-bottomed pool provided a unique view for bowlers in the basement bowling alley that du Pont constructed too.

The house was opened to the public in 1976 and now contains the Longwood Heritage Exhibit.

View Longwood Gardens Chimes Winter Edition for even more information about Pierre du Pont’s Expansion at the Mansion.