Keasbey and Mattison, 1921-1922
• Lime vs. Preservation
Keasbey and Mattison, an Ambler company, bought the Hope Lodge property from Mary Wentz in 1921 for $40,000. They intended to extend an already functioning limestone quarry. The remains of their new quarry test excavations are still visible. However, Keasbey and Mattison were sympathetic to preserving the historic house and, in 1922, published a pamphlet aimed at finding a buyer for the structure. Horace Mather Lippincott, a Philadelphia publisher, wrote the text and furnished the photographs for the pamphlet. In 1922 the property was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. William L. Degn.