May 16, 1997 |
Old Quaker Building, University City Look up - way up - in an apartment at the Old Quaker Building, and you might consider dancing on the ceiling. That's because some of those ceilings, which are up to 20 feet high, are the original wood ones. Also seen in many of the apartments in the renovated historic buildings of this University City complex are original exposed brick walls, occasional structural columns, and original oversized windows. "It's fantastic. They have those high ceilings that make you feel like you're living in a huge apartment," said Elie Vidal, a retired professor of literature and philosophy.
February 25, 1988 |
After 10 years as a painting contractor in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Anthony J. "Tony" Chieffo looked up and found his niche: textured ceilings. Seven months ago, Chieffo rigged up a van-mounted mixer/tank and started a company in Ivyland called Ceilings Beautiful that specializes in texturing ceilings with sprayed-on polystyrofoam. Not content to texture two ceilings in five to eight houses a week, Chieffo, 35, aims to become the Ray Kroc of textured ceilings by franchising his idea.
September 24, 1991 |
If there was one thing the Depression taught Emily May Edwards, it was how to save. Edwards, of Media, was 31 when the stock market crashed. She had been saving for 60 years when she died in December. Not money - the Depression had shown her how unreliable that could be - but things, reassuring by their very presence and quantity. Take a moment and try to imagine 60 years' worth of things. The broken toaster, the wobbly chair, the too-small clothes, the too-worn shoes, the scratchy records, the odd salt shaker - all the things you've tossed over the years.
November 17, 2002 |
Those cathedral ceilings so popular in newer homes can be problematic to decorate. Perplexing even. True, high-altitude architecture conveys a sense of spaciousness that ordinary 8-foot ceilings cannot possibly match. The trouble is, those high ceilings have a tendency to make whatever is put under them seem smaller. Normal-size sofas and chairs can look like dollhouse furniture. It is the same with extra-tall walls. Framed artwork that looks perfectly proportionate on an 8-foot wall may look like a postage stamp on a wall 12 or 16 feet high.
December 7, 2001 |
The Glen at Lafayette Hill has a few things going for it: It's new, bright, spacious, and conveniently located. "I signed a lease after seeing only a picture," Julia Mailey said. A widow and retired secretary for the Frankford Arsenal, Mailey was the first to move into her building, just two years ago. "I wanted a garage, and I can go from the garage right into my building, across the hall from my first-floor apartment. There's a washer and dryer, high cabinets, a built-in microwave, big windows, high ceilings . . . it's just delightful.
January 30, 1998 |
Eighth graders from Camden's Bonsall Family School, displaced for the last two weeks by building renovations, will be shifted to the former Jewish Community Center building in Pennsauken under a plan approved last night by the Camden Board of Education. The school district wants to lease the building for 60 days. Bonsall's entire eighth-grade class, now divided between the Forest Hills Elementary School and the Brimm Medical Arts High School, will use eight classrooms at the former community center on Route 70. The shifting of 300 of the school's 900 students has magnified problems, such as overcrowding and lack of educational materials, at those other schools.
December 4, 1998 |
Locust Point, Center City, Philadelphia Locust Point brings old and new together on the waterfront, providing a residential experience that is nothing like living on the moon. Or so says Jason Reynolds, 27, a student in Wharton's M.B.A. program, who recently returned from a two-year stint in Iceland with the Navy. "That was a lot like living on the moon. And this is nothing like that," Reynolds said. The high ceilings and 12-foot windows of the former industrial building particularly please Reynolds.
October 31, 1994 |
Giving a polished, if not genteel, look to the game that made hustlers and sharks notorious is the goal of the Pockets Cafe & Billiards Club. Maybe it's the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and the 25-foot ceilings, or the arched windows, or the dance club and the full bar, as well as the thrill of the game, that are attracting customers. Whatever the reason, the 17 regulation-size billiards tables are full almost every night. "This place goes against the traditional concept of the smoke-filled back room with burly guys all around," said Bob Slagon, a 45-year-old patron of the club.
September 24, 1993 |
Heatheridge, Montgomery Township, Montgomery County. Walking through Heatheridge's Camelot model, it's not uncommon to hear potential buyers saying, "I bet that's an upgrade," or, "That's not standard. " But more often than not, they're wrong. "You're looking at a standard house," Peggy Shelton Varani said of the model. Varani, director of business development for the David Cutler Group, the developer, and sales coordinator Kristin Kelly say they spend plenty of time telling visitors to the model that, yes, that feature is included in the Heatheridge package.
March 1, 1992 |
Energy tightwads and sun-worshipers will bask in the glow of Clearview Estates. In the Georgian model, five windows line up in the family room; two more and a sliding glass door are on display in the kitchen area, and two large windows let the rays into the dining room. Bay windows warm up both the study and the living room. In the Georgian, the master bedroom is not the only bedroom graced with more than one window. Each of the children's bedrooms features two to four windows.