January 25, 2016 |
Dave and Carol Spacht could be living in a bygone era. Several mornings a week, the couple lock the Dutch door of their early-19th-century farmhouse and go to work - he to his nearby sawmill, she to her job as a seamstress, wearing a ruffled cap, a long dress, an apron, and a shawl. Instead of traveling from their Blue Bell home by horse and wagon, though, Carol Spacht hitches up her skirt and gets behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. Dave Spacht drives a Dodge truck. Still, this is a couple who value age. "We've never owned a new car," Carol says.
April 14, 1988 |
A 153-year-old Willistown Township farmhouse will probably be the site for professional offices. The township supervisors have granted developer Ed Weingartner conditional use of the farmhouse, at the northeastern corner of West Chester Pike and Garrett Mill Road. Under the conditional-use guidelines, Weingartner is required to seek the supervisors' approval for all changes to the farmhouse. He must also get Chester County's approval for the addition of water-supply systems and sewage facilities.
June 26, 1988 |
The architects for the Blue Bell office of Roach Brothers Realtors have won a second award for their redesign of a farmhouse built in 1750. The National Association of Realtors has selected the office as one of the five best real estate office designs in the nation in 1988. The office will be featured in the association's October issue of its trade magazine, Real Estate Today. In February, Roach Brothers and the architects, Ann Capron Architects and Philadelphia Design Company, were given the Planning Merit Award by the Montgomery County Planning Commission for successfully adapting a historic building.
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 7, 1997 |
A home builder is seeking permission to demolish a farmhouse that was built by one of the original families in this rapidly changing township, where development has left only about a half-dozen historic farmsteads intact. Developer Joseph Scarpati, a former Philadelphia Eagles defensive back, plans to build a 288-unit housing complex on Troth Road on the site of the Levi Troth farm. Scarpati has requested permission from the township Historic Preservation Commission to demolish the farmhouse, a barn and a stable on the property.
November 21, 2004 |
Preservation efforts in the 1970s saved Washington Township's Old Stone House, one of the municipality's oldest homes. Now residents hope that similar efforts will result in the reopening of the Creese-Quay farmhouse, long closed to the public. The three-story white clapboard house was built in 1825 by John Turner of Turnersville. This section of the town was named after Turner, a Methodist minister, carpenter and prominent landowner, said Bob Gruber, the township's chief park ranger, who is leading restoration efforts.
November 25, 1993 |
The Sandy Run Creek runs through it. In the fall, the brilliant foliage of the black walnuts, lilacs, lindens and dogwood is something to wax rhaspsodic about. An especially beautiful copper beech on the property is widely considered one of the most stunning trees in the township. And there is also a pre- Revolutionary farmhouse. This 9.6-acre tract along Fitzwatertown Road, between Susquehanna Street Road and Limekiln Pike, is called the Dannenberg Arboretum. Aside from its neighbors, few know that it exists.
October 20, 2000 |
After a year of renovations, Rosemary McNair is able to show off the recently revealed history of the Farmhouse at the Grange Estate like a proud homeowner. She points out with equal enthusiasm a new drainage system that will safeguard the foundation, and an antique painted chest and graceful Windsor chairs that occupy a room inside. "This old house is smiling, because of all our work," McNair said. The Farmhouse at the Grange Estate, built in the mid-19th century, has come a long way during the year of repairs.
August 28, 2000 |
The carriage house is little more than a fieldstone shell without a roof. The 18th-century farmhouse next to it is gutted. In a few months, though, the broken-down Joseph Garrett homestead on Paoli Pike next to Applebrook Park will be converted from shell to showpiece as the new headquarters of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. "If we are hosting a site selection committee from a major corporation, Applebrook will showcase Chester County as a premier place to live and work," said Rob Powelson, 31, president of the chamber for six years.
May 4, 2001 |
In the benighted years when Alfred Hitchcock was still regarded as nothing more than a slick commercial director in this country, his genius was revered in France. And his influence plainly lives on in films such as Dominik Moll's With a Friend Like Harry. Although Moll's movie teems with references to Strangers on a Train, The Trouble With Harry, and Psycho, it is no pale imitation of the master in the Brian De Palma manner. With a Friend Like Harry is an homage, with its own voice and dark-hued humor.