1016 Main Street
1016 is one of the gems of Main Street and until recently was the property of Skiles
Fielding Montague and Janet Rosa Hamil who purchased the property in 1977 and did
extensive restoration/renovation.  Built circa
1885 on nine acres of land once owned by
C.C. Sellers, the property became the property of Edward Williamson in 1877, then was
sold to
Passmore  Williamson in 1878 and then sold to Dr.William Painter in 1885 who
named the property "Painters Garden" and practiced medicine there until his death in
The house was designed by Minerva Parker Nichols, one of the first women
architects to be successful in her own firm. Dr. Painter also provided space for a Darby
Summer Art School specializing in plein air (open air) painting and taught by
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art instructors Thomas Anshutz and High Breckinridge.  

According to the Montague web site,
Painter had sold all but 3/4 of an acre when it was
sold to a Dr. Carl Staub who practiced medicine there until his death. His son converted
the property to three apartments and an office and the property was purchased by
Skiles Montague in 1977. Skiles Montague was the first President of the Darby Borough
Historical and Preservation Society
and had a business or flght trainers, one of which
still rests on the porch roof  
1016 in snow
(Above) Link Trainer Flight Simulator and the reason that the property is
sometimes referred to as the Darby Airport
. (The landings are VERY difficult)