December 17, 2000 |
To hear George Thomas tell it, City Hall is a classic story of rise and fall, an arc common to monuments of both the Roman and the Philadelphian empires. "While the city fathers used its opening to celebrate the arrival of the new century," the architectural historian says, "over the years, this fabulous building was completely vandalized, with ceilings dropped, rooms cut into rooms, grand halls turned into junky storage areas. " Citizens who visit the building to obtain a marriage license or serve on a jury would not immediately recognize that City Hall was conceived as much for public pleasure as for civic duty.
January 7, 1996 |
The Sugar Refinery, Old City, Philadelphia The Sugar Refinery appears to be a model residence for those choosing to live in the evolving Third Street corridor in Old City. Settled amid the art galleries, smoke shops and coffee shops of that uncommon area, it fairly exudes a young, arty, entrepreneurial aura - and it's more than a little bit funky. Cheryl Wadlington, young, arty, entrepreneurial (she's the proprietor of the Life Modeling Workshop) . . . and perhaps a tad funky, feels right at home at the Sugar Refinery.
October 4, 1994 |
Philadelphia and suburban police are wondering if it's the same two guys who have been shooting holes in bank ceilings for the past week or so. Last week, two men robbed a bank in Wynnewood and another in Nether Providence, Delaware County, and yesterday two men robbed a bank in Northeast Philadelphia, all three heists marked by the same M.O.: One man vaults the counter to rifle the cash drawers while the other man fires shots into the...
June 22, 1990 |
BROOKFIELD AT FARMVIEW Yardley Bucks County Phone: 493-8600 So you move to a nice home in the country so you can be surrounded by that down-on-the-farm feeling - and then all of the farmland is plastered with new homes! Well, Realen Homes is beginning to build almost one square mile of luxury homes amid the lush farmland of Bucks County. And they plan to keep it that way. Brookfield at Farmview, a new community of large, single-family homes in Yardley, is one of five Farmview villages of upscale homes planned for the area.
September 10, 1995 |
Kensworth, East Pikeland Township, Chester County Martti Miettinen and his wife, Libby Keating, were still trying to get settled a few days after moving into their new house in Kensworth, but they were enjoying their surroundings while doing it. "There's lot of windows in the house, and we're smack in the middle of farmland," said Miettinen, who moved from Connecticut to the East Pikeland Township development. "We have some great views. "We're also into collecting art, and this gives us a great place to display it," he added.
February 6, 2000 |
D'Anastasio Corp. has opened The Villa Homes in Wexford at Moorestown, a community of 50 luxury homes in Burlington County with prices starting in the $300,000s. The builder is offering three floor plans. The Pembrook is a ranch-style home featuring a foyer with a cathedral ceiling, a large great room, a formal dining room with a tray ceiling, two bedrooms, two full baths, and a finished open stairwell to the basement. The Windsor is a two-story design with a first-floor master bedroom suite.
August 14, 1994 |
Wind Song at Wilton's Corner, Camden County Creating the designs for Wind Song at Wilton's Corner, a planned community in Winslow Township, was an exercise in diversity for the builder, Paparone Housing Co. Inc. And the ample variety of home types offered at Wind Song has attracted a diversity of buyers. What they all have in common - buyers and builder alike - is an appreciation for the 700-acre partially wooded site of Wilton's Corner (200 acres of which will not be built on)
December 31, 1999 |
"I can't imagine a better spot!" Florence D. Teti exclaimed. "I used to come here as a kid. It was a public lake then - Pine Lake. Half of South Philly came here. " Teti, now 72, has lived in the Village Bridge apartment complex, which was built around the lake, for 23 years. "It was just built when I moved in," she explained. "I liked the lake, the trees, all the nature. And it's close to transportation. It's very nice, close to everything, but like another world. " Just off Route 30, within walking distance of buses, a mile from the Lindenwold station of the PATCO High-Speed Line and less than five minutes from the Echelon Mall, Village Bridge is a quiet, secluded complex.
May 5, 2000 |
This is how tenant Sheryl Simons describes the Old Quaker Building. "It's very, very vibrant here . . . an adult atmosphere, and an intellectual one. " Simons, a resident for two years, is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. "I like University City, and I like the convenience to the university, where I do a lot of research in the libraries," said Simons, a business/information technology writer. The Old Quaker Building, at 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue, in the heart of University City, is also convenient to public transportation - SEPTA buses, the subway, and 30th Street Station are all within walking distance.
May 19, 1989 |
OAK RIDGE East Caln, Chester County 873-8450. Often the name of a development is a clue to what trees were cut down or what pond was filled in to make way for the housing tract. Fortunately, the developers of Oak Ridge in East Caln, Chester County, appear to have preserved much of the natural habitat. This community of 118 townhouses is near a fine stand of oak trees. But despite its bucolic setting, Oak Ridge is minutes away by car from Exton and Downingtown.