UArts History: Rose Valley and William L. Price

An article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer Home & Design section is about the restoration of a Rose Valley house designed by William Lightfoot Price (1861-1916). Many of you, especially if you’re interested in the Arts and Crafts movement, may have heard of Rose Valley, but you may not be aware of the Price family’s strong ties to UArts.

Siblings Frank L., Mary Louisa, Susanna Martin, Walter Ferris and William L. all attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now the UArts College of Art and Design) from approximately 1887 to about 1893. Walter was William’s architectural partner, and Frank seems to have collaborated with William as well. Susanna became an art teacher at Miss Irwin’s School (better known today as Agnes Irwin School), and Mary married architect Carl deMoll (Carl and Mary are both listed in the PMSIA 1888-1889 roll of students, as are Frank Price and Susanna Price). While little documentation exists in the UArts archives to show that William attended, he is listed as a former student in several school catalogs and is listed twice in a March 13, 1888 program of tableaux vivants performed by PMSIA and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts students.

PMSIA student design work by Mary Louisa Price, circa 1888.
PMSIA student design work by Mary Louisa Price, circa 1888.

For more about the fascinating Price family, consult William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design by noted architectural history scholar George E. Thomas, and the Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society Web site.

You’ll find more information about the Price siblings on our Notable Alumni page (scroll down for all the Prices).

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