April 21, 2014 |
Sometimes, when you live in a city, the best place to look is up. That's what Wes and Michala Costello decided when they discovered a fixer-upper in the neighborhood they wanted to live in. "It was the ugliest house ever," Michala, a real estate agent, says of the two-story carriage house tucked away on a side street in Chestnut Hill. But her husband, who had experience with mortgages and appraisals, had a vision. "He drew a quick sketch of the home with a third story, and asked me, 'What if it looked like this?
August 19, 2013 |
For Ron and Virginia DiLeo, adding a 400-square-foot screened side porch last year was the final step in the 11-year-old transformation of their Pipersville arts-and-crafts carriage house into their ideal home. The porch isn't just a porch - it is now the focus of the DiLeos' Upper Bucks County retreat. No ordinary appendage, it features stylish couches backed in black metal, chairs, a full bar, and a table that can accommodate up to 16 people. The screens allow the couple and their guests to face either the countryside or a road leading to the Delaware River.
May 12, 2013 |
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
September 30, 2012 |
SCARBOROUGH, Maine - The studio where painter Winslow Homer derived inspiration on Maine's craggy coast and produced some of his most notable seascapes isn't heated with wood or illuminated by oil lamps as it was in Homer's day. But in most other ways, the studio has now been restored to what it was like when Homer lived there, from 1883 until his death in 1910, following a multiyear, $2.8 million restoration by the Portland Museum of Art. ...
August 7, 2012 |
Jack W. Blumenfeld began his development career rather modestly while still a senior at Temple University. "He started to build the carriage house in back of 526 Spruce St.," his son Eric recalled. The Spruce Street property was a boarding house owned by his mother, Molly, where the family also lived. From the humble start of a carriage house in Society Hill in the late 1940s, Mr. Blumenfeld went on to establish a successful development firm that built projects in the Philadelphia region.
July 4, 2012 |
Since 1972, when members of Philadelphia's long-prominent Chew family transferred ownership of Cliveden, the historic family residence, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it has functioned as a traditional house museum. Every day, visitors serenely toured the mansion, built by patriarch Benjamin Chew in 1767, admiring the elegant period furniture and listening to stories of the old-money gentry and the exciting days of the War of Independence. Every year, crowds massed to watch a vivid reenactment of the 1777 Battle of Germantown, George Washington's gallant but failed attack on British troops holed up at Cliveden.
June 28, 2012 |
NBC News' Jenna Wolfe spent Monday in Medford with former Eagles tackle Tra Thomas at his youth strength and conditioning center, 7 Deuce Sports. Thomas is offering the Camden High football team eight weeks of free strength and conditioning coaching at his facility. "Everything that's been going on in Camden, we were looking for a school we could give something to who would take advantage of it," Thomas told us Wednesday. Wolfe, co-host of the weekend "Today" show and former sportscaster for Channel 17, said she liked that Thomas requires the students to donate time toward community service in exchange for the free training.
January 15, 2012 |
You could say that Alvin and Dorine Lerner met in the design business, but that's not exactly true. They first laid eyes on each other in the laundry room of an apartment building in Manhattan. He owned a textile-printing company; she was a lingerie designer trained by a custom-clothier uncle. He was the funny boy from Brooklyn; she, the focused fashion designer from upstate Pennsylvania. They married 50 years ago. Fifteen years after they said, "I do," Dorine opened her own studio and store in Millburn, N.J., and in 1976, the Dorine Lerner label earned its own space in Henri Bendel.
December 9, 2011 |
For a long-ago architecture class at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jeff Carpenter designed a plan to convert an abandoned boathouse into a home. Though he decided to pursue painting, not architecture, the project always stuck with him. Carpenter drew on this experience two years ago when he and his then-partner, artist Sallie Ketcham, renovated an oversized carriage house in the Art Museum area into a nautically inspired home. Carpenter, a representational abstract painter whose work has appeared in museums like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, was living in Massachusetts in 2009.
October 7, 2011 |
Artist Daniel Anthonisen lives in a rustic carriage house in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, that basically consists of one room and a loft. For Anthonisen, 41, it's a perfect fit. His tiny carriage house sits next to a historic home that dates to 1794 on the expansive property of architect Alan Ritchie and his wife, Rosa, an interior designer. Ritchie is a partner in the New York architectural firm of Johnson-Ritchie, which has designed buildings including Trump International, the Chrysler Center, and locally, the Business Center at Drexel University.