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Views of Narberth Past

A. H. Mueller house, 1897

Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 71; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society

Addresses in view: 117 Forrest Ave. (†1949)

modern view of the historical image seen from the same viewpoint
8 Sep 2019

The August Henry Mueller house "Romar-Florem" stood at the south-east corner of Forrest and Windsor. Directly behind it is the present location of the Narberth post office. Mueller's wife Flora and three-year-old son Robert are shown standing on the front porch. Mueller (1857 - 1926) was elected Narberth's first burgess (mayor) at age 37, serving 1895 to 1897. His portrait hangs in borough council chambers, as do maps of Narberth from the atlas series he published from 1896 to 1920, which can be examined on the Narberth History map.

A. H. Mueller portrait from Borough Hall, Narberth signature of A. H. Mueller, Burgess
Mueller's portrait in Borough Hall; signature as burgess on Narberth's 1895 incorporation plan and survey map
A. H. Mueller property plans, Narberth
Property plan of 117 Forrest Avenue, source unknown.

Hotchkin:

A. H. Mueller's pretty residence of stone and shingle on the corner of Forest and Windsor Avenues, with its picturesque dormer-windows and gables and piazza, is surrounded by a green hedge. Bethel, Davis & Bethel built the dwelling, and Mr. Mueller purchased it in A. D. 1891. He has been the Chief Burgess of Narberth. He is a native of Philadelphia, and was educated in its public schools, and is a lithographer and publisher in that city. He has always shown a deep interest in the development of Narberth.