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Milford Township in Pike County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Letter Box

Built 1926-1927

 
 
The Letter Box Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, August 11, 2014
1. The Letter Box Marker
Inscription.  
Original Use: When Governor Pinchot worked in residence, the Letter Box housed his clerical staff. Other political activities, such as the planning of campaign and meeting with constituents, took place in this building, thus isolating the office functions from the main house.

Today's Use: An exhibit and public program area, the Letter Box also serves as a theater to view visitor films.

Interior Floor Design: The interior floor of brick and bluestone is designed to look like an exterior patio; Cornelia Pinchot believed in connecting her exterior and interior design schemes.

Outstanding Features:Niche-like entry with concrete portico and Corinthian columns, cast iron spiral staircase with original decorative bronze handrail to balcony. Large, commanding side and rear windows with original double-hung sash let in plenty of natural light and a view of the only Cut Leaf Beech tree on the property, a lack of windows on the front of the building assured privacy.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
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41° 19.696′ N, 74° 49.12′ W. Marker is near Milford, Pennsylvania, in Pike County. It is in Milford Township. Marker can be reached from Grey Towers Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Grey Towers Dr, Milford PA 18337, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Finger Bowl (a few steps from this marker); Historic Swimming Pool and Terrace (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bait Box (within shouting distance of this marker); "Grey Towers" (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastern Arborvitae (within shouting distance of this marker); Gifford Pinchot (approx. ¼ mile away); Milford (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Jervis Gordon Grist Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Also see . . .  Grey Towers Heritage Association. (Submitted on September 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
The Letter Box Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, August 11, 2014
2. The Letter Box Building
The Letter Box Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 14, 2017
3. The Letter Box Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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