Greystone and CCHS Talks Lecture Series Part One

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Tickets are priced at $30 each per night, or $75 for all three nights.
RSVP to or call 610-692-4800


Greystone Hall

1034 Phoenixville Pike

West Chester, PA 19380 

First Talk

 The Topic

 “Charles Barton Keen (1868-1931):  His Architectural Legacy”

by Jeff Groff,

 Historian, Speaker and Director of Interpretation &

Estate Historian at Winterthur

 Mr. Groff’s talk will examine Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen’s career, first in partnership as Keen and Mead and later on his own, in designing large country houses, suburban residences, and other projects in and around Philadelphia, the Main Line and on Long Island, New York.  Keen favored Colonial Revival, Bungalow and Tudor styles, designing with great creativity.  Mr. Groff will also highlight Reynolda, in Winston-Salem NC, for the R.J. Reynolds tobacco family, which led to many other commissions in the state of North Carolina and in Pennsylvania. 

Biography of Jeff Groff 

Jeff Groff is a graduate of Bates College with a degree in history and he received his MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. He is the Director of Interpretation & Estate Historian at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Mr. Groff was one of the curators of the very successful 2014 exhibition “Costumes of Downtown Abbey.”  He was the executive director of Wyck Historic House and Garden in the Germantown section of Philadelphia for sixteen years. He has spent a lifetime researching, writing, and lecturing on the country places of Philadelphia’s “Main Line” and surrounding areas. Currently, he has been working on a book with Winterthur’s former Estate Historian Maggie Lidz on the back-of-the house servant spaces in large American country houses and the outbuildings, recreational facilities, and farm structures on American great estates. He is returning to Greystone Hall to give an encore presentation of his study of the architectural career of Charles Barton.

 Second Talk

 The Topic

“Keen and his Designs for Greystone Hall:

An Architectural Masterpiece in the Classic Tradition“

by Velda Jerrehian Moog

Greystone Partner-in-Charge, Archivist, and Tour Guide

Velda Moog will talk about Keen’s designs for the English manorial style residence designed for P.M. Sharples, West Chester inventor, industrialist and philanthropist, and the other buildings on the 1907 Greystone Estate. She will discuss period articles in architectural journals and other publications about the house, its gardens, and its architect. In addition to illustrating many of the classic design details of the exterior and interior of the mansion, she will talk about the building’s early twentieth century “modern” construction and it state-of-the-art household appliances and systems.  In 1942 the Greystone Estate was purchased by the Jerrehian family partnership as an investment property and has been a residence to four generations of Jerrehians for the past seventy-four years. 

 Biography of Velda Jerrehian Moog

Since 1992 Velda Moog has been the partner-in-charge of the Greystone Estate.  She earned her BA in history from American University in Washington D.C.; She received a JD degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and an LLM from Cambridge University, England.  She was an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, counsel attorney at the London office of Fulbright & Jaworski, an adjunct lecturer at Notre Dame University’s London Law Center, a visiting professor of law at the Columbus School of Law, and taught for McGeorge School of Law’s International Program in Salzburg, Austria. She also taught taxation for the University of Maryland’s overseas program and was a civilian JAG attorney for the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany.  She is the family archivist, has written all the historical and promotional materials for Greystone, and designed its ads and its web site. She has given tours of Greystone Hall with the Chester County Night School over the past twenty years.

There will be an intermission between the talks on each evening with light refreshments.  

Please click here for more information on Parts II and III of the Series: 

Tuesday, September 27

Tuesday, October 4