Greylock is going to sheriff’s sale – date postponed and TBD


After years of abandonment, Chestnut Hill’s magnificent Greylock estate, located at 209 W. Chestnut Hill Avenue, will be up for sheriff’s sale. The Chestnut Hill Conservancy holds two easements on Greylock and is interested in working to balance the interests of potential buyers with continued preservation. If you are interested in being a part of the future of Chestnut Hill’s historic Greylock estate, please contact (photo: Bradley Maule)

Easements, or donated development rights, are among the most effective and important tools for protecting precious architectural and natural resources. The conservation easement on Greylock preserves open green space, protects the property from land development, and helps to control surface water run-off within the Wissahickon Watershed. The façade easement on Greylock protects the exterior of the main building and the carriage house, both listed as “Significant” buildings within the Chestnut Hill National Register Historic District. CLICK HERE to read the easement details and requirement.

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Friends of the Wissahickon jointly sponsor the Easement Program for Chestnut Hill, surrounding communities, and the Philadelphia section of the Wissahickon watershed. Learn more about the Easement Program


The date of the Sheriff’s Sale has been postponed (again) and is NOT happening on January 10, 2017. No further information is available, but will be posted here.

The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office has listed the property with an opening bid of $237,200 and an assessed value of $2,340,800. If you are interested in purchasing the property at sheriff’s sale, we advise you contact the attorneys representing the bank that brought the sale in order to gain more information about the financial requirements.

Contact: William M. Alleman, Jr.
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff, LLP
222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 801, Wilmington, DE 19801-1611
Direct: 302-442-7009

→  Download and print this Greylock FAQ sheet.

→  In this OpEd in the Chestnut Hill Local, September 8, 2016, Board member Randy Williams explains in simple language the facts about Greylock and easements.

→  In his Letter to the Editor of the Local, Board member Richard Snowden clarifies the causes of the current Greylock situation.

→  Read Philadelphia Magazine‘s coverage, August 25, 2016.


Henry Laughlin, a pioneer in the steel industry, helped make Pittsburgh a national center of steel production. When he retired to Philadelphia, he hired Pittsburgh architect William J. Carpenter to design Greylock, built in 1909, at 209 West Chestnut Hill Avenue, pictured here c. 1920. The main entrance drive, located on Crefeld Street, led up to the front of the house, pictured here. A gate lodge, now a residence at 8838 Crefeld Street, was built at the main entrance drive. The stone for the exterior walls was quarried on the 10-acre estate. The 25-room house was equipped with an elevator. From 1919 to 1922 he deeded land on both sides of Germantown Avenue to Chestnut Hill Hospital. (From Liz Jarvis, Chestnut Hill Revisted, 2004)