July 17, 2015 |
A short trek Doug and Kelly Hager and chef Jeremy Nolen from South Street's Brauhaus Schmitz have made the three-block trek from Germany to America with Whetstone Tavern , at the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge Streets. "Being on South Street for six years, we know what the neighborhood likes," Hager said. Menu of updated classics has most entrées priced in the $20s. Whetstone's 15-beer tap selection is augmented by Marnie Old's 60-bottle wine list, of which 20 are served by the glass.
March 8, 2015 |
In 1991, Kristin and Steve Stoughton were 24 and engaged to be married. Knowing that they wanted to buy an older house, Steve's employer made a bold suggestion. The boss, a residential developer, was planning to build several houses on a tract in Fort Washington. Would Steve and his fiancee be interested in buying a battered farmhouse and barn on the site? Sure would. The barn and the small three-story dwelling dated to the late 1840s. Two-story additions were added in the 1920s and 1940s.
November 1, 2014 |
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
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 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.
September 19, 2013 |
Janet Carlson Giardina handed a large flower pot to Angie Furno, pointed her toward some mums, and crossed once again through the Medford farmhouse she is turning into an education center about James Still, the "black doctor of the Pines. " On Sunday, the Medford Historical Society will inaugurate the center at 211 Church Rd., and on Friday volunteers were planting fence posts, mulching a children's garden, hanging drapes, and setting up chairs for opening day. Still, Carlson was not prepared for the sight of two contractors jacking a pair of stately white columns into place under the front-door eaves.
December 27, 2012
You think you know gouda? You probably don't know what gouda can be unless you've tasted Wilde Weide, a "farmhouse" cheese handmade by Jan and Roos van Schie on their little island in South Holland in the Netherlands. Unlike even the best mass-produced goudas, which can become waxy and butterscotchy with age, there is a remarkably subtle complexity to Wilde Weide, but also a fresh brightness evident from the organic raw milk of Montbeliarde and red Friesian cows. This two-year-old firm cheese melts in slo-mo on the tongue, its texture crumbling like a fine sand of flavor crystals, turning to creaminess that evokes nuts and oaked whiskey, then an herbal brightness that pays homage to the name: wilde weide is Dutch for "wild meadow.
November 18, 2012 |
For years, Sharon Carnall would admire the old farmhouse as she did her errands around the Medford-Hainesport area. And she thought it was a fine old place - but one that could become even finer. So when her husband Richard, 76, started talking about moving from their large home in Medford to a seniors community, Sharon, 63, had a far different plan. She decided to push for the old farmhouse that she had loved from afar, and that was, conveniently, on the market. "I went with the Realtor to look at it twice without Dick, and then I hatched my perfect plan.
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.