Jonas M. Kilmer and his wife, Julia Sharpe Kilmer, had one child, Willis Sharpe Kilmer. They built exquisite mansions, side-by-side, at the east end of Riverside Drive.
The Willis Sharpe Kilmer Mansion was torn down decades ago.
So was its next-door neighbor, the Edward Rose Mansion.
And the Robert Rose Mansion was demolished in 1980 despite protests.
The Jonas M. Kilmer Mansion is the sole survivor of the four original mansions. It is home to one of the last grand parlors of the Parlor City.
Since 1950, Temple Concord has been steward to this mansion, saving it from the fate of its three sister mansions. But the Temple no longer has the financial resources to care for the Mansion the way it requires and deserves.
It will take a village to save this local treasure. And leading the way is Friends of Kilmer Mansion. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to sharing the Mansion with the community and raising the money needed to restore and preserve this historic gem.