On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Archmere Academy will host a centennial celebration of the construction of the Patio. The Italianate villa took two years to build, from 1916 to 1918. “Archmere” (Arch to the Sea) was originally the country estate on the banks of the Delaware River of John J. and Helena Springer Green Raskob and their 13 children. The mansion house, garages and servants’ quarters, personally designed for the family by Alexander Harper and James McClure of the firm of McKim, Meade, and White, are exceptional examples of the Neo-classical art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, created during the early part of the 20th century.
The 1920’s themed evening begins at six o’clock with cocktails on the veranda and in the Music Room, accompanied by music of the era performed by the Brandywine Brass and guest vocalist.
Dinner follows in the main courtyard, as historical figures related to the Archmere story come to life to enact a murder-mystery plot. The characters, in words and in songs, provide clues for the guests, who will have the opportunity to converse with the characters, being portrayed by Archmere drama students. At the end of the evening, guests will have the opportunity to show off their detective skills and help solve the murder.
A bit of history, a bit of fantasy, a bit of sleuthing, a bit of music, and a lot of fun mix together to create a most memorable evening in the Patio. Black tie or 1920’s attire is optional.