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.
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.
August 17, 2003 |
When Nancy and Gordon Eck began searching for a home, they could hardly have imagined it would turn into a 20-year odyssey. Nor could they know that the 18th century farmhouse they eventually bought would be a $1 million labor of love by the time they turned it into a bed-and-breakfast. Along the way, the Ecks encountered hundreds of screeching bats inside the house, a white goose trapped in the chimney, and a feisty rooster claiming the tree next to the upstairs bedroom as his morning perch.
April 30, 1995 |
Because of costly state and federal regulations, plans by township officials to convert a farmhouse to a senior citizens' and community center have been put off indefinitely. Instead, the Township Committee will use a $35,000 community development grant that it had earmarked for the farmhouse project to make an annex to the township's municipal building handicapped-accessible. In addition, township officials had been told that all community development monies must be spent by July 1, making it impossible to allocate the funds to the farmhouse project and complete it in time.
June 19, 1994 |
Five local historical and conservancy groups have sounded off in the debate over the Dannenberg Arboretum, a 9.6-acre property donated to the township and a gift that some think may be too expensive for it to maintain. At issue is the preservation of an 18th-century farmhouse on the land. Township officials have said that upgrading and maintenance of the house could be an undue financial burden. Because the township would like to use the entire property at Susquehanna Road and Limekiln Pike as open space, demolishing the house has been raised as an option.