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.
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."