Chanticleer is an early 20th century estate in Wayne, along Philadelphia’s Main Line.
Originally built as a summer home, construction was completed in 1913.
The home was built for Adolph Rosengarten Sr., his wife, Christine, and their children, Adolph Jr. and Emily.
Adolph Sr. owned a pharmaceutical firm that in the 1920s would become part of Merck Company.
In 1924 the Rosengartens had an addition put on the house and made it their permanent residence.
The house sits at the top of a hill on the 48-acre property, 35 of which are gardens.
Adolph Sr. and Christine Rosengarten purchased a neighboring property for Adolph Jr. when he married, and built another home on the property for Emily when she married.
Adolph Jr. purchased his sister’s share of the estate at her death in the 1980s. When he died in 1990, he left the entire estate for the enjoyment and education of the public.
The gardens were opened to the public in 1993. Portions of the house also are open to the public, and house tours can be arranged.
Chanticleer will open on March 29. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Friday hours until 8 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. There is an admission fee of $10 per person; children 12 and under are free.
Directions and more information is available at chanticleergarden.org.