January 10, 2010 |
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.
January 2, 2004 |
From compact studio flats to two-story penthouses with full staircases, two bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths, the more than 20 floor plans of 1930 Chestnut offer a variety of living styles in a spanking-new environment. The 22-story, historic building (circa 1924), once home to medical offices and Aldine Trust Co., was recently gutted and reconstructed into a residential rental property with 144 apartments and two floors of proposed retail space. Selected units are distinguished by long entrance halls, center-island kitchens, breakfast bars, powder rooms, laundry rooms, skylights and clerestories, lofts and loft-bedroom suites, dining rooms, and dens.
October 15, 1988 |
In its heyday, the Astor Theater in Reading was a fashionable 1920s art deco palace playing host to the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges and Bob Hope. Today, a decade has passed since the last symphony concert filled the 2,200-seat theater; the music has been replaced by dusty cobwebs, peeling paint and the musty chill of neglect and disuse. When Lou Perugini and Newton A. Perrin walk the empty aisles, however, they look beyond the decay and envision the beauty that once was - and that can be again.
January 13, 2001 |
Two major winter sales next weekend will evoke the evolution of furnishings from the Victorian era to art deco. On the way will be a few curios and collectibles. The Victorian furniture will be one of the features at Ron Rhoads' two-day midwinter antiques auction next weekend at the Kimberton Fairgrounds outside Phoenixville. It will be sold at the second session, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. Among the major items are a massive three-piece bedroom suite with a 9-foot queen-size bed; a rare walnut 30-drawer beveled glass spool cabinet incongruously capped with a small mantel clock; marble top washstands, and a Victorian Greek revival center table in rosewood.
June 17, 1989 |
For years Esther Carroll patrolled the auction and flea market trail, buying and selling. Mostly, she just bought. Eventually her acquisitions exceeded the capacity of the garage at the house at 161 Hartford Rd. in Delran, that she shares with her husband, John. Soon they were scattered around the yard as well. Eventually, township officials got tired of the sight of the possession- filled property and told the Carrolls to get rid of the stuff. Today and tomorrow they will do just that, at an auction at the house to be conducted by Michael Chiaccio, a free-lance auctioneer who normally works at S&S Auctions in Repaupo.
December 27, 1987 |
There's a lot more than gangsters in Miami. It's an art town, too. "Streamline Dreamtime" is the theme of this year's Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend Festival, Jan. 14 to 17, scheduled along Ocean Drive in the area that encompasses the city's famous '30s "streamline" hotels that are the essence of art deco: the Cardoza, the Carlyle, the Leslie, the Cavalier, the Waldorf Towers and the Park Central, among others. The area is a federally recognized 20th-century historic district, and it contains the greatest concentration of art deco architecture in the world.
July 20, 1996
Every time an old building is refurbished in Center City, there's a chance work crews will make a discovery like one the other week at the Jones New York store at 17th and Walnut Streets. And what a find it was: Under a workaday storefront was revealed a four-story art deco facade with terra-cotta pictures of sailing ships, dating back to the Roaring Twenties. By rights, such a building front should be preserved, and preferably restored to its original condition and showcased.
February 4, 1986 |
He looks like Sam Spade, dressed in his antique calf-length black coat and department-store fedora. But Paul Fuhrman is not in quest of hapless Maltese birds of prey. His mission is to deliver us from contemporary furniture. He has been stockpiling his arsenal in a former Studebaker garage in Easton. His warehouse is a deco heaven, a veritable supermarket containing more than 300 specimens of American art deco furniture - what he calls "the largest selection in the universe. " His timing couldn't be better.
December 30, 1995 |
One of the stalwarts of South Jersey auction houses is the Elmer Auction Co., named after the town in the heart of Gloucester County farmland, but actually located in Monroeville. Every Friday, beginning about 4:30 p.m., proprietors Lana and David Dubin sell furniture, tools, household goods and collectibles. Occasionally Elmer Auction also holds special sales of higher quality goods. Just such a sale is scheduled for Monday at noon, one of many New Year's Day auctions. In addition to oak and mahogany furniture, and art deco items, there is a lot of good porcelain, including Limoges, Wedgwood, Roseville, Rookwood and occupied Japan.
March 25, 1986 |
"In setting out your sideboard, you must study neatness, convenience, and taste; as you must think that ladies and gentlemen that have splendid and costly articles, wish to have them seen and set out to best advantage. . . . " - Robert Roberts, The House Servant's Directory, 1827 There are hundreds of types of furniture in this world, and the sideboard is only one of them. Yet, upon close observation, the sideboard - a kind of table containing drawers and cupboards specifically used in the dining room - represents a compact history of changes in domestic manners and taste.