February 8, 2005 |
In 1858, an intrepid band of ladies, led by Ann Pamela Cunningham, bought George Washington's home, Mount Vernon. It was a defining event in America's historic-preservation movement. Unfortunately, 150 years later, saving historic properties by converting them into historic house museums still is the most common method of preservation. Today, virtually any house that is more than 50 years old may be eligible for preservation. Often the oldest home in a township, or the home of a prominent citizen is preserved as a house museum.
December 15, 1988 |
To win approval to build townhouses on a site in the Haverford section of Lower Merion Township, a developer has agreed to move a historic, three-story house on the property, officials said Monday. The township commissioners' Building and Planning Committee approved a plan for seven housing units on the site at the intersection of Booth Lane and Lancaster Avenue. The plan will require the developer to move the late 19th- century house 50 to 70 feet to the front of the one-third-acre lot. According to township planning director Charles L. Guttenplan, the house is owned by the estate of John T. Mahoney of Bryn Mawr, who died recently.
March 13, 2002 |
A historic house on State Road that was to be demolished yesterday has won a reprieve of at least two weeks through the intervention of three local political leaders. About 8:15 a.m., a demolition crew hired by developer Claude de Botton started to tear down the garage at 421 N. State Rd., with plans to demolish the adjacent house, as well. De Botton purchased the 2.6-acre property and the buildings on it for $695,000 in January from Charles P. Sexton Jr., Springfield Republican chairman, aiming to combine it with an adjacent, undeveloped 64-acre parcel he already owns.
August 15, 2009 |
The first surprise came in February, as they inspected the stucco on a Haddonfield house before repainting it. They removed pieces around the windows and discovered beautifully preserved red brick. Over the next few months, Mark Welsh and his son Ted knocked off 10 tons of stucco, revealing a side of a historic house that hadn't been seen for centuries. Out of its shell emerged the stately home of Thomas Redman, a prominent Quaker businessman who settled in town in the 1730s and owned a portion of the colonial-era building that houses the Indian King Tavern.
September 14, 1990 |
Over the last 222 years, this solemn stone house in Germantown has been a private home, a meeting place, a witness to war and a refuge for slaves. For such a legacy, and for its broad gables and eaves, the historic Johnson House - on the corner of Germantown Avenue and Washington Lane - is cherished by many in this extraordinary mosaic of a neighborhood. But lately, neighbors are complaining that while the inside of the Johnson House is treated with the care and reverence it deserves, the outside is literally going to seed.
January 18, 1987 |
A glass-enclosed porch sweeps around the first floor of the stone house at the northwest corner of Woodbine and Narberth Avenues. Another open porch is cut out of the shingled gable roof on the second floor, and above it, a dormer window is set into another level of sloping, shingled rooftop. The house, which was built in 1908 by David Knickerbacker Boyd, a major architect at the turn of the century, has fallen into disrepair over the years, but members of a newly formed historic preservation committee say they believe the house, which was built for Dr. O.J. Snyder, can be restored to its previous glory.
August 27, 1987 |
One of the new tenants who signed a lease to rent a historic house owned by Upper Darby Township had a rude awakening when she visited the 200-year-old house this week. Vandals had visited the two-story Hill House sometime Monday and ripped up nearly one-quarter of the wooden roof. "They had to have a crowbar," said tenant Marie Steele. Steele, and her fiance, Joseph Romanelli, took possession of the house Aug. 19 after a 9-0 vote by the Upper Darby Council to approve the lease.
January 10, 1999 |
The screens on the back porch of the historic Jaggard House are torn and waft in the wind that blows over the 18th hole of the adjacent Indian Spring Golf Course. Inside, the wallpaper peels off layer by layer, as do the chips of paint that cling to the low, beamed ceiling. There are cracks in the masonry, and the woodwork that frames the rooms is damaged by more than two centuries of exposure to moisture. But the house will soon be getting a face-lift. The township is preparing to preserve it with a $400,000 bond that will transform it into the new home for the Center for the Arts, which will use the space for a gallery and art studio.
October 8, 1989 |
A fund-raising drive is being planned in Collingswood to refurbish the historic Collings-Knight House, which has been closed since the summer of 1988 because of potentially unsafe conditions. "The kitchen floor is sagging, and the chimney is leaning," said Arlene Smith, chairwoman of the Collings-Knight House Committee, a nonprofit group that administers the borough-owned house. "These things need to be fixed before we can open it again. " An architectural expert visited the house last year, Smith said, and estimated that the major repairs, as well as other necessary refurbishments, including painting, plastering and a new roof, would cost about $250,000.
June 13, 1991 |
Residents protesting the threatened demolition of a historic building in Phoenixville have won reprieve. Emotional pleas from architects and historic preservationists preceded the Borough Council's 8-3 vote Tuesday night to put a hold on the demolition application submitted by St. Ann's Church for the McCallum House on Main Street. "The largest number of historic buildings are right here in Phoenixville," said Barbara Cohen, an architect, pointing to a map of the immediate area.