This mansion was built in 1923 and was the home of Archibald Johnston, beloved one term mayor of the city of Bethlehem Pennsylvania and high ranking executive in the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Johnston was known as the man who spearheaded the unification of the cities of Bethlehem and South Bethlehem. Mr. Johnston died at the mansion on February 1st, 1948 after a long illness. His Granddaughter, Janet Housenick, donated 36 acres of the estate to Northampton County to form the Archibald Johnston Conservation Area in 1986. After her death in 2005, Housenick's will had donated an additional 55 acres including the mansion to Bethlehem Township to create a park and an additional $2 million to maintain the property. The park, which is a popular spot for birders and those that enjoy nature is in a constant battle with developers knocking on the door to try and buy the land and members of Bethlehem Township government who have voiced their desire to demolish the mansion.
Sakai Toyo 5x7 large format metal field camera with 4x5 film back.
150mm Caltar-S II F 5.6 lens in Copal BT shutter.
Yellow-Green filter on lens.
Arista EDU Ultra 200 (re-branded Fomapan) B&W Negative Film, shot at ISO 160.
1/8 second at F32.
Developed in Rodinal/Adox Adonal 1:50 dilution for 9 1/2 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius in Mod54 daylight developing tank.
Negative scanned with Epson V600.