February 8, 1990 |
Montgomery Township supervisors once jokingly referred to Thomas O. Witthauer's restoration of the Lower State Road farmhouse as "the waiver property. " The township Zoning Hearing Board Tuesday night ruled that Witthauer - who has been before the board at least nine times - deserved some more help. Voting 3-0, the board decided to amend a ruling from last spring. The change would allow Witthauer to sublet five rooms of the 22-room, three-story building as one-person offices for a three-year period.
April 30, 1992 |
The modest farmhouse of a peace-loving Quaker family figured in one of the great battles of the American Revolution. That farmhouse will reopen this weekend after a three-year restoration project. Ceremonies marking the reopening of the Gideon Gilpin House are scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday, said Gayle Bartell, education coordinator for Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford. The Gilpin House, popularly called Lafayette's Quarters, was built in 1745. The young Marquis de Lafayette, an aide to Gen. George Washington, is believed to have stayed at the house on the night before the Battle of the Brandywine, fought on Sept.
September 17, 2012 |
This tale, about Diane and Rick Kiewel of Marple Township, is as much about their very old house as it is about two divorcees starting over and the importance of la famiglia . This house has allowed Diane to be even closer to her tight-knit Italian family, and it has let her help her daughter with her growing family. The former tenant farmhouse, part of which was built in 1796, also has taught Rick a thing or two about himself. Our story starts in December 1995. Rick, currently director of finance for Mellon Certified Restoration in Yeadon, was not quite divorced, but was ready for a new relationship.
March 9, 2014 |
Three days a week, dentist Peter Wolf heads to his Center City office from his centuries-old farmhouse in Media. There, he drills holes, builds bridges, and otherwise tends to people's oral hygiene. The four other days, he is often in his neat and tidy woodworker's workshop. It is there that Peter, 65, a self-taught furniture maker, creates the remarkable pieces - a Pennsylvania tall clock, wall-to-wall cabinets, and more - that fill the home he shares with wife Mary Anne, 60. In the couple's bedroom, for instance, is a suite of furniture modeled on one by Thos.
April 26, 2014 |
The front door of Joan and Victor Johnson's Center City penthouse is no ordinary portal. This circa-1810 paneled-wood masterpiece, sturdy, beautiful, and evocative of the past, was seized like pirate's booty from a dealer at the Philadelphia Antiques Show several years ago - just after they had purchased another door. "The timing wasn't great," says Joan, "but the find was. " A legendary collector and volunteer for the show that begins Friday night with a preview party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Joan knew that its rugged charm would set the stage for what they were creating beyond the threshold: a farmhouse in the heart of the city.
March 8, 1989 |
The Lumberton Township Planning Board last week denied a revised site plan for a proposed Route 38 strip center, leaving uncertain the fate of the former Jones farmhouse on the site. Heated discussions on whether the 180-year-old farmhouse should be torn down to accommodate the strip center, as developer Maple Grove Associates wants, or restored, as the Lumberton Historical Commission proposes, have dominated the last four meetings of the Planning Board. The issue shows no signs of being resolved.
June 4, 1996 |
The tattered frame house of Eagleton Farms near the northernmost point in the township is in danger of losing its nearly two-century-old existence. That is, unless the local historical commission has its way. Developers, who plan to build 78 houses on the 79-acre tract just northwest of the intersection of Stoopville and Eagle Roads, say it would be too expensive to save the old farmhouse. The house, which sits at almost the lowest point of the tract, is the perfect place for the retention basin required by the township, said William J. Carlin, attorney for the Pulte Home Corp.
January 22, 1989 |
The home where Al Jones was raised and spent 33 years is the last farmhouse on Route 38 from Camden to Route 206. And soon, it too may be gone. "Once you tear these houses down, that's it," said Doris Priest, referring to the 180-year-old Lumberton farmhouse slated for destruction. The subject is slated when the township Planning Board meets on Feb. 2. On one side are the developers, Maple Grove Associates, which bought the 110-acre farm a year ago and which wants to build a shopping center on the front 11 acres where the former Jones farmhouse now sits.
March 6, 1988 |
Over 195 years, the Benjamin Jacobs House on Ship Road has been home to a judge, to farm families and to boarding students from the Church Farm School, which used the house as a dormitory. The house would take on still another identity under plans by Rouse & Associates, which has proposed restoring the structure for use as project headquarters during the development of 1,325 acres adjacent to the Church Farm School. Rouse, which has an agreement to buy the acreage from Church Farm, presented restoration plans for the Jacobs house on Monday during a conditional-use hearing by the West Whiteland Board of Supervisors.
October 26, 2003 |
Fascinating murals painted by Charles Demuth and a group of friends in a Lancaster County farmhouse in 1930 are the subject of the autumn exhibit at the Demuth Museum in Lancaster. The display is based on a project that produced a roomful of murals and that, here at the museum, at first glance look like the real thing. This is because, as a life-size photo re-creation, they are meticulously realistic and true to the originals, which are in the private setting of a historic house and cannot be moved.