March 26, 2016
Broadway Musical Benefit Concert and Silent Auction Benefit concert for the Parkinson Council. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-979-1445. theparkinsoncouncil.org/2016-musical-benefit-concert/. $40; $30 concert only. 3/28. 6 pm. Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions Exhibit features ladies' fashions from the period covered by the PBS series Downton Abbey. Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, 58 N. Broad St., Woodbury; 856-848-8531. Included in admission. 3/25. Rustic Farm Primitives Open House Sale & Show Everything that's old, odd, vintage, and unusual.
August 29, 2015 |
For years, Conshohocken has owned not one, but two valuable properties that sat mostly vacant, even as it rented office space for its staff. This month, the borough is rectifying that problem, with one of the buildings opening as a new borough hall and police station, and the other undergoing a market analysis to see if it might be turned into a bed and breakfast or event venue, or put to some other use. The progress was years in the making and...
August 3, 2015 |
Realtor Joanne Davidow makes her way up the gypsum-caked stairs of one of the three townhouses being sculpted from historic carriage houses in the 2100 block of Sansom Street. The day is a warm and humid one, but the veteran agent's enthusiasm for the interior reworking of the 19th-century building is not affected by the weather. "Look at the detail in those windows," said Davidow, vice president, sales manager, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, as she looked at something one is more likely to find in a church than in a carriage house that had been converted to office use. A work in progress, these rehabs are just three pieces of an 11-unit townhouse project on Van Pelt Street between Sansom and Walnut that is bringing prices from $950,000 to $2.3 million, she said.
July 5, 2015 |
Karen Warrington is anything but a shrinking violet. She resists categories. Early on, back in the 1950s and 1960s, she studied dance with Sydney King and then became a member of Arthur Hall's Afro American Dance Ensemble. Always interested in writing and communication and politics, she moved into journalism, becoming news director for WDAS radio, and has been an off-and-on reporter and talk host on black radio in the city for nearly 40 years. From 1984 to 1992, she was press secretary for Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
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.