December 23, 2007 |
Lynne Shivers delighted in her discovery much the way Walt Whitman had gladdened at the droning of bumblebees and the widening whistles of the russet-backed thrushes along Big Timber Creek more than a century earlier. "I was just relaxing and had a collected works of Whitman sitting next to me," said Shivers, whose Deptford house overlooks wetlands along the creek. She read: "And I walked along the Big Timber Creek . . . " "Wait a minute," Shivers exclaimed to herself. "That's the creek outside my window.
November 9, 2007 |
Forget the chandeliers and Oriental carpets. The pantry is what architectural historian Catherine Seiberling Pond finds most intriguing. "You see the layers of family life - old flour scoops, fine porcelain and Jell-O, all in one place," Pond says, recalling her days cataloging household possessions at the Skolfield-Whittier House, part of the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick, Maine. In such settings, the pantry offers a museum within a museum - a very personal glimpse of the way people lived, ate and cooked.
April 6, 2007 |
Some people spruce up vintage houses with an emphasis on period details. Others update old places to suit life today. In restoring an 1860s farmstead three miles west of Stockton, N.J., over the last two years, Lise Thompson has done a bit of both. The result is a historically accurate, "green" reinterpretation of a Victorian-era farmhouse - energy-efficient, wired for technology, and with a more open floor plan. The simpler structure of a bygone time blends seamlessly with an addition that more than meets demands of modern living.
November 3, 2006 |
Becky Evans remembers her first glimpse of the house that would become her home. "It was cavelike and dark, and it was decorated in a cutesy country style," she says of the tiny stone farmhouse outside Phoenixville. "And in the kitchen and dining room, everything was brown - the floors, the walls, the cabinets, everything. " Not anymore. In the six years since she and her husband bought it, Evans, 37, has injected the house with bold color and pattern, combined an eclectic mix of antiques and a collection of contemporary art with a DIY attitude, and turned the erstwhile cave into an inviting home filled with real personal style.
May 29, 2006 |
Ray Connolly started to choke up when he learned that he would receive a Purple Heart medal, more than six decades after being wounded in World War II. "I was a Philadelphia firefighter for 27 years and never choked up. That's very, very rare for me," the 84-year-old Burlington County man said last week. "But nothing hit me as much as this did. All I could say is, 'Sir, I thank you very, very much.' " Sixty-two years ago, then-Army Pfc. Connolly was wounded by flying shrapnel in a German farmhouse during the waning days of World War II. A German plane had been shot down, crashed and exploded near the house, blowing out windows and sending a large piece of glass into his forearm.
March 10, 2005 |
Just when it seemed that Skippack's historic Hunsicker Farmhouse might end up a memory, a local district court judge has stepped in to save it. Albert Augustine, a lover of old houses, has agreed to pay $25,000 for the 171-year-old farmhouse. He estimates that he will spend $300,000 to refurbish it for residential use. The purchase means that the structure, which stood vacant for the last three years next to land being developed for townhouses, wins permanent reprieve from the wrecker's ball.
December 17, 2004 |
The Sea Inside begins with the sound of breathing: the soft, steady thrum of life. And it is one man's life - and his desire to end it - that is at the heart of this moving, hot-button-issue drama. Based on the real story of Ramon Sampedro, a Spanish sea merchant and poet who spent 30 years fighting the church and the state for the right to die, The Sea Inside transcends its melodramatic, movie-of-the-week elements thanks to a deft comic touch and the utterly convincing, charismatic performance of its star, Javier Bardem.
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.
September 5, 2004 |
Inspired by the natural world that surrounded his studio in the woods, Wharton Esherick transformed wood into fluid sculpture and shapely furniture that merged utility with beauty. Over the years, his studio - a building that defies conventional architecture - became a showcase for his art, from the spiral staircase that was displayed at the 1939-40 World's Fair in New York to his first red oak desk, right down to the carved latches on the doors. When Esherick, known as the dean of American craftsmen, died in 1970, he left this legacy.
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.