August 18, 2004 |
The bulldozers could arrive any minute now for the 1771 Robeson House, a rambling, stone, colonial-era homestead in Gladwyne that may be the latest victim of the Main Line housing boom. When property owner Steven B. Wolfson, a developer of Wal-Mart stores, announced he would demolish the ivy-clad house to build what locals assume will be another McMansion, Lower Merion Township officials took the strongest action they could: They ordered a 90-day "cooling-off" period. That period ended yesterday, prompting 15 supporters to picket in the driveway, waving signs such as "233 years.
May 30, 2004 |
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance has chosen a new home as close to nature as modern civilization will allow. The group of six full-time employees, four part-time employees, and several volunteers settled into its new digs at the Bishop Farmstead in Vincentown about three weeks ago. The farmstead, on the edge of the Pinelands, dates to 1753, when John and Rebecca Bishop built a 2 1/2-story Georgian brick farmhouse on 12 acres on what is...
March 30, 2004 |
A farmhouse from the 1800s that stands in the path of development in Skippack Township is being scoured by researchers for clues to its past. What they find will determine whether the Hunsicker Farmhouse on Heckler Road near Mount Airy Road takes its place among the township's historic treasures. The sprawling, white building built in the 1830s was occupied by three generations of Hunsickers, a family who helped establish the second Mennonite colony in America. The farmhouse sits on 25 acres earmarked by TH Properties of Harleysville for a community of 149 townhouses, trails and access roads.
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.
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.
May 11, 2003 |
It didn't take Jim and Gwen Klein long to figure out that the 1741 stone farmhouse they bought 23 years ago in northern Chester County was too small. They had chosen the house, which sits on 26 acres, because, when you come down to it, real estate is all about location. Unlike comparable places they had looked at, it was well off the road in the center of the property, so the noises of civilization were far away. The location also was "mutually inconvenient," Gwen Klein said: about halfway between Jim Klein's job as a banker in Berks County and hers as an interior designer in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia suburbs.
February 1, 2003 |
Elizabeth D. Medinger, 93, partners with her husband in marriage, business and unique home design, died Tuesday of complications associated with diabetes at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler. She had been a longtime resident of the city's Wyndmoor section, where she and her husband lived in an authentic re-creation they had built of an 18th-century Pennsylvania farmhouse. The house was authentic right down to the handmade nails. Born and raised in Reading, Mrs. Medinger taught elementary school there for a time after earning a teaching certificate from Kutztown Normal School.
January 26, 2003 |
It is a nondescript gray, three-story, cedar-frame house tucked into a residential neighborhood off the beaten track. But step inside, and you can smell and feel the history. The bare, wide-plank floors buckle and creak under your feet. The ceilings hang low, and candle scents greet the senses. Old black-and-white pencil sketches and oil portraits of the long-haired, grizzly-bearded Walt Whitman hang from walls. Bronze sculptures of the famous poet dressed in a three-piece suit sit on shelves.
November 24, 2002 |
Photographs of Nancy Mohr's five children fill every nook and cranny of her home. Dining-room chairs crafted by her grandfather, a Lancaster cabinetmaker, have seated many a family gathering. Family and an appreciation for the bygone days when farmhouses instead of subdivisions dotted the landscape are uppermost for Mohr, executive director of the Chester County 2020 Trust. She has just written The Farmhouse: Classic Homesteads of North America. The book is both a personal account of her own love affair with farms and a description of classic farms throughout the United States and Canada.
September 13, 2002 |
The Federal-style farmhouse that Isaac Leeds built for his family 201 years ago, in a hamlet in Burlington County, once nestled within 100 acres of cow pastures and cornfields. The rural serenity continued after its second owner, the Michelfelder family, moved into the plain, two-story clapboard structure and took over the farm. But change arrived 15 years ago, after a developer purchased the tract, one of a cluster of farmsteads that grew into Evesham Township, now the county's largest community.