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Chamounix Mansion Carriage House Youth Hostel


Chamounix Drive West Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


City of Philadelphia
Fairmount Park Commission, Memorial Hall, West Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


City of Philadelphia
Capital Improvement Funds


project description


A new life for a locally significant historic structure

The Carriage House was constructed in the mid 19th century to serve Chamounix Mansion, home of the Plumsted Family, and has seen many uses since. The family coaches and horses were on the first floor; a hayloft, tack room and grooms quarters on the second. Under the Fairmount Parkís ownership the carriage house was remodeled for use as a day camp.

In the 1970ís AYH became the tenant of the Mansion and opened the Chamounix Youth Hostel. Unheated, the Carriage House served as summer overflow space for the hostel.

Campbell Thomas & Co. planned and oversaw the full restoration of the building. The new plans included general expansion, installation of heating and air conditioning, and other improvements to the capacity and quality of the facilities. In addition a second story rear deck was added and fully accessible facilities for the physically disabled were incorporated into the design.