Frank Furness - Architect

Frank Furness – Media

Frank Heyling Furness was born in Philadelphia in 1839. He designed more than 600 buildings, most of which were in the Philadelphia area. He is remembered for his eclectic, "muscular" and strangely scaled buildings. Surviving works include the University of Pennsylvania Library, Merion Cricket Club, and the Baldwin School.

Idlewild, located on Idelwild Circle in Media, was his summer home. It's just a short walk from the Moylan-Rose Valley train station, which enabled Furness to commute to his architectural office in Philadelphia.

Though much of his work was destroyed for being "out of fashion with the times”, his legacy remains strong. The 2012 centenary of Furness' death was observed with exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the Delaware Historical Society.

Idlewild was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.