Abandoned £190m mansion built by one of worlds richest men has link to Titanic

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An abandoned mansion worth a staggering £190 million has a surprising link to the Titanic.

The 55-bedroom mansion was built by Peter Widener, one of the world's richest men, back in 1900.

Often referred to as "The Last American Versailles" – Lynnewood Hall boasts 20 bathrooms, an indoor pool, a ballroom fit for 1,000 people, and its very own art gallery.

It was built on a 34-acre plot near Philadelphia, US, and designed by architect Horace Trumbauer.

Widener – who made his fortune from public transportation- retired at Lynnewood Hall in his later years – but they were far from peaceful.

The lavish homeowner was a 20 percent investor in the Titanic and declined his spot on the ship due to old age.

However, his son, daughter-in-law and grandson – who were overseas in search of a chef for their new hotel – were offered to be brought home "in style".

His son George and grandson Harry tragically died at sea when the Titanic sunk. Only his daughter-in-law Eleanor survived.

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Widener died three years later and his youngest son Joseph inherited the mansion before passing away in 1943.

Nearly a decade later, radio star Carl McIntire turned the home into a religious school – but the establishment closed in 1992 due to financial struggles.

McIntire allegedly sold many of the fine furnishings and features from the house. He was also said to have just "sealed off damaged areas of the building" rather than actually repairing them.

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The First Korean Church of New York took ownership four years later and are the present owner of the property. According to reports, the Church bought the mansion for $0.

"It’s really unfortunate that this once-desirable estate and landmark has fallen into such disrepair," Main Line Luxury real estate agent Harry Cherry told The New York Post.

"While many of Horace Trumbauer’s creations have stood the test of time on the Main Line, the location of Lynnewood Hall is just not the desired location by wealthy families today".

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In honour of Harry's death, his mother Eleanor Elkins Widener built the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

It houses around 3.5 million books and pays homage to Harry's penchant for book collecting.

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