The Asa Packer Mansion was built in the Victorian Italianate architecture style in 1861 by architect Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia. Topped by a red-ribbed tin roof and a central cupola or belvedere, the home was built over a cast iron frame and consists of 18 rooms and 11,000 square feet of living space. The home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars, the equivalent of $2.3 million dollars today! This beautiful home was the residence of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. Today, you will see his mansion just as it stood during Packer's lifetime. It rests near Mount Pisgah, home of the Switchback Railroad, the first railroad to be built in Pennsylvania.
|Address:||Packer Hill Road
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania 18229