Asa Packer Mansion Museum [PA]
The Mansion was the home of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. Built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan, the home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars, the equivalent of $2.3 million dollars today. Topped by a red-ribbed tin roof and a central cupola or belvedere, the home was built over a cast-iron frame and consists of three stories, 18 rooms and approximately 11,000 square feet of living space.
The museum offers tours and occasional recreational and educational events.