June 18, 2004 |
With its tiers of arched windows, heavy cornices, terra-cotta trim, and Corinthian and Doric columns, 116 South Seventh Street, in the heart of Jewelers' Row, looks like a classically detailed gem. "The architecture in the city is so taken for granted, and it shouldn't be," said Ruth Douglas, 58, associate director of human resource information systems at Community College of Philadelphia and a resident of the building for four years. "I was in a brownstone, but I wanted something brighter and newer.
January 25, 1987 |
Strawbridge & Clothier this month undertook renovation of the interior of its department store in the Exton Square shopping mall. The new look will cost Strawbridge & Clothier $1.14 million, according to a building permit issued for the construction. The renovation work is expected to last until October. The store will have new wall facades, arches, carpets and drop ceilings, and shiny new lighting fixtures. "It's part of an ongoing renovation program," said William Timmons, public relations representative for the Strawbridge stores.
February 8, 2002 |
When the former home of Penn-Lippincott Publishing Co. (circa 1910) was converted to apartments by Historic Landmarks for Living in the late 1980s, what remained of the original structure was everything big - huge windows, towering columns, spacious rooms, high ceilings. Newly added, however, were the kinds of intimate spaces that can make an industrial building feel like home. Providing a dramatic entrance to the 110 one- and two-bedroom apartments is the controlled-access lobby, which boasts a 30-plus-foot ceiling and mammoth walls of glass.
May 3, 2002 |
Reconfiguring industrial spaces into residential apartments can be one of the most challenging aspects of historic conversions, but it can also be one of the most aesthetically rewarding. Often, more than one building is involved, each with its own style, and the renovator must deal with unusually high ceilings and awkward industrial expanses with huge exterior windows and dimly lit interiors. The need to use the space available without corrupting historic details can give rise to creative floor plans.
September 10, 2004 |
In the 100 block of 13th Street, a Renaissance Revival building with Beaux Arts classicism stands in stark contrast to the contemporary Convention Center directly across the street. Distinguished by three-story Corinthian pilasters between broad planes of newly restored windows, graceful arches, and an ornate bracketed cornice above dentil molding, the seven-story brick structure is trimmed with limestone and terra-cotta. Banded and fluted Corinthian columns flank its entrance.
May 23, 1993 |
Weatherlea, Collegeville, Montgomery County Ceilings in Weatherlea's homes may make you think of the great outdoors: In room after room, they climb toward the skies. In some spaces they level off, in others they peak into cathedral ceilings. In all cases, they create air and light for the Realen Homes single-family abodes that dot this land in Collegeville. The Wrenfield model, which starts at $297,900 and is the most popular, opens with a two-story foyer that lends drama and brightness to the entryway.
December 20, 1991 |
THE LINKS AT VALLEYBROOK Gloucester Township, Camden County 609-227-7300 The names of the models might not be fancy - THG2040, for instance, is the Town House with Garage and 2,040 square feet of living space - but the sales record at The Links at Valleybrook is impressive. With 26 sales from July through September, The Links was the best-selling residential product of any kind in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey, and the second best in the entire Delaware Valley region, according to Richard Sudall, president of the K. Hovnanian Cos. of the Delaware Valley.
December 12, 1993 |
You've finally found it: the house that makes you feel so at home. But it wasn't the four bedrooms, or the three baths, or the two-car garage that sold you on it. It was the three-sided fireplace in the master bedroom suite. Szzzzzz. The hot button strikes again. Hot button is a marketing term for an exotic design feature or detail in a new home that can turn a home looker into a home buyer. "Somehow, the buyer has to fall in love with what we are selling," said Del Purscell, executive vice president for marketing for the Orleans Group, a Huntingdon Valley home builder.
October 5, 1990 |
THE RIDINGS OF MONTGOMERY North Wales, Montgomery County 699-0522 Double features distinguish the Hermitage home at the Ridings of Montgomery: two baths plus two half-baths, two master bedroom walk-in closets, two bay windows, a two-story fireplace and two-story ceilings in the family room and foyer. Designed with the luxury move-up buyer in mind, the Ridings is one of 10 developments being built in Montgomery and Bucks Counties by David Cutler Group Inc. "Everybody in that particular market wants a make-me-feel-good house," said David Cutler, president.
February 7, 1999 |
Jacobs Woods, Towamencin Township, Montgomery County It doesn't look like a rental complex. No parking lot is evident, no Dumpsters. The attractive clusters of brick-and-siding buildings trimmed in white suggest large single homes with one- and two-car garages. Even the leasing office suggests otherwise - it's called the Marketing Center - which seems appropriate when one considers what Jacobs Woods offers its tenants. "It offers everything," said resident Elaine Masarone, 52. "It's very luxurious, and very well-kept.