Alba B. Johnson, former owner of Baldwin Locomotive, built this 7,000 sq. ft. home for his family in 1888. The home features the characteristic use of contrasting materials and asymmetry created by corner turrets. The exterior towers, turrets, gabled roofs, dramatic porches and the porte-cochere are trimmed with delightful Victorian accents. The interior is replete with high decorative ceilings, hardwood floors, inviting alcoves, fireplaces and a stunning main staircase.
The Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) purchased the home from the Johnson estate in 1935 since serving as a residence for the SHCJ sisters, the Scholasticate and both Rosemont College students and faculty. With its purchase, Gracemere will be the oldest building in Rosemont's enviable "Cavalcade of Buildings."