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The house, with an expansive porch, is made of blue limestone and marble.
The inside is anchored by a central grand staircase flanked by rooms on three levels, most of them with fireplaces.
But its gas works were removed, and the pond and much of its grounds were paved over.
Apart from the caretaker who lives there, Loch Aerie has been vacant in recent years, said Robert Tabas.
Loch Aerie will be razed over "my dead body," vowed Timothy Caban, chairman of the East Whiteland Township Historical Commission.
The auction, he said, is a "great opportunity" for Loch Aerie, listed as one of the township's 10 most historically significant buildings, to find new life. The two-acre property is owned by the family of Daniel Tabas, who bought it in 1967.
When the trains drained virtually all the water from the house, Lockwood sued. Lockwood's daughters, Edith and Ella, lived in the house after his death in 1911.
"It's a classic example of the period," said Di Orio, historical adviser at the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville.
Old Main in West Chester was demolished in 1971; a Hutton-designed building of 1870 vintage, it was built as the West Chester State Normal School, later to become West Chester University.
The Shipley School's Beechwood House in Lower Merion (also designed by Hutton), Wayne Tavern (later called Linden Hall) in East Whiteland, and the open space of the former Joshua Hartshorne estate in West Chester were spared after preservationists battled to save them.
The basement is a chilly, cavernous space of nooks and crannies.
The peak is a cupola reached via a thin spiral of steps.
The mansion then was rented to tenants, but in the early 1970s, it became a hangout for the Warlocks motorcycle gang.