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Views of Narberth Past

T. Broom Belfield house, 1897

Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 75; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society

Addresses in view: 350 N. Narberth Ave. (†1938)

modern view of the historical image seen from the same viewpoint
11 Feb 2017
oval photo of Thomas Broom Belfield at age 73
Thomas Broom Belfield (11/8/1838 - 1/3/1931) at age 73.
A steam shovel has gouged the earth in front of the former Belfield mansion; a crowd looks on.
Start of Montgomery Court construction; source: Our Town, March 18, 1938

Hotchkin, page 81:

T. Broom Belfield bought six acres of land for his beautiful country seat from Edward Price in 1884, which had been in his family from the time of Wm. Penn, from whom the title was made.

Mr. Price died about six years ago, aged seventy-two. He was born and died on the farm. The old Columbia Railroad passed through the farm, and crossed one corner of the property, the original granite blocks upon which the rails were laid being in the ground, and of which Mr. Belfield built four gate-posts, which he calls four monuments of the first railroad to the West in this State. The roadway had been abandoned over thirty years before he bought his lot. The architect of the house, which is of wood and stone, with modern improvements, was Mr. James H. Windrim. Mr. Ensinger (now deceased) was the builder. The dwelling is on a high elevation. There is an artesian well and a rain-water cistern, and gas and electricity light the mansion. There is a stone and frame stable. There are two acres in lawn, enclosed by an iron fence. Mr. Belfield was born in Philadelphia in A. D. 1838, and educated in the public schools. He entered into the foundry and manufacturing business when of age at 435 North Broad Street, which business was established in 1847. He still continues at the same address, his father having died in 1890.