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October 17, 2014
WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball. It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its "Well Earned Supremacy" could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery dust. Indian Queen Ale . . . Rival Porter . . . Trilby Export - the brands that Hohenadel brewed till it closed in 1952 were gone and mostly forgotten.
NEWS
December 10, 1989 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
At Smithville Mansion near Mount Holly, the holiday season will have a Victorian theme, "Christmas with H.B. Smith: 1865-1887. " Special holiday tours will begin tomorrow and continue through Dec. 30. The mansion and grounds just off Route 38 in Eastampton were the home and workplace of Smith, a 19th-century inventor and industrialist who made woodworking machinery. In 1977, Friends of Smithville, the preservation group that oversees the operation of the Victorian-era mansion just outside Mount Holly, decided to decorate the mansion for Christmas tours as a fund-raising event.
NEWS
September 19, 1990 | By Ronda Sharpe, Special to The Inquirer
The signs of aging are apparent. The peach-colored paint on the front porch of the Glen Foerd mansion on the Delaware is peeling. On the outer buildings, the bricks are eroding. But the signs of repair are just as obvious. Workers in painters' clothes are scraping away old plaster. Inmates from the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center are restoring the shutters. And students in the Philadelphia Youth Corps are painting the outer buildings with 200 gallons of paint that two companies donated.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1990 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rittenhouse Square mansion of the late Henry P. McIlhenny, where the former chairman of the Philadelphia Museum of Art housed his world-class art collection and entertained royalty, is scheduled to be sold at sheriff's sale in October. The mansion, a group of three townhouses on the southwest corner of Rittenhouse Square, has been listed for sale to satisfy a $2.7 million Common Pleas Court judgment awarded to Bell Savings Bank, of Upper Darby, which holds a mortgage on the property.
NEWS
July 16, 2002 | Daily News staff report
This ain't no cat, daddy. That cute, friendly bundle of fur seen cavorting around Allen Iverson's Gladwyne mansion lately is a Rottweiler puppy, a gift to basketball's bad boy for his 27th birthday on June 7, neighbors say. The pup's name is Gemini, neighbors said, and it reportedly was a present from a family member. Despite the trying times - A.I. holed up in his mansion waiting to surrender today to police to face charges of threatening two men while armed with a gun - the tensions haven't seemed to put a damper on the pup's sunny disposition.
NEWS
July 5, 1987 | By Marlene A. Prost, Special to The Inquirer
It's a sign of the times, said Realtor Arthur Wheeler as he pointed out the window of the Austin mansion in Rosemont to construction workers digging in the courtyard below. Like many other suburban mansions, the old Austin home is being modified for a new use - in this case, a life care retirement community named Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Wheeler is developing the community on 50 acres of the former estate of railway baron William L. Austin on North Ithan Avenue. The heart of the estate, also called Beaumont, is the mansion, built about 1914.
NEWS
March 17, 1993 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
What the heck can you do with a decaying turn-of-the-century 110-room mansion? Those trying to save Lynnewood Hall in Cheltenham Township are racking their brains over this question. "Maybe Walter Annenberg would want to buy it as a permanent home for his art collection," says Greg Cotler. "Maybe Temple University can use it as a school for the performing arts. It's next to Temple's Tyler art school. " Cotler, a lawyer who lives near the empty mansion, is merely thinking out loud.
NEWS
January 1, 1989 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
The West Chester Planning Commission last week voted to probe a proposed zoning change for the former Leaf mansion that, among other things, was suggested by Councilman Mitch Crane, executor of the Natalie Leaf estate. The commission voted, 5-0, to create a subcommittee, consisting of Chairman Nancy G. Klabunde, David Sweet, and Kathy Brigham, to investigate why the borough's Planning, Zoning and Housing Committee recommended the change. The council's housing panel, which was composed of Crane and Councilwoman Susan Armstrong, recommended that the Borough Council change the zoning on the Leaf mansion at 26 W. Union St. from residential to commercial.
NEWS
January 31, 1990 | By Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
Just hours after a committee announced plans to raise $2 million to convert a city-owned Fairmount Park mansion into a residence for future Philadelphia mayors, Mayor Goode said it was an "inappropriate" time to discuss such a project. Goode said that while he supported the concept of a residence for his successor, who will be elected in 1991, and future mayors, it was not "a priority" and he objected to details being disclosed now. Goode expressed his displeasure during a news conference he called to discuss his appointment of a panel to advise him on how to deal with the city's financial woes.
NEWS
August 2, 1989 | By Pamela Pavlik, Special to The Inquirer
The Glen Foerd Conservation Corp. has received an $1,800 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to study how best to maintain the Glen Foerd estate in East Torresdale. The grant will help pay for a study to provide a master plan for the restoration of the mansion. The study will be done by John Milnor Architects of West Chester, specialists in historical restorations, said William Haas, director of the corporation. The total cost of the study is $122,000, with additional money coming from a $50,750 city Class 500 grant and the corporation.
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NEWS
October 17, 2014
WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball. It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its "Well Earned Supremacy" could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery dust. Indian Queen Ale . . . Rival Porter . . . Trilby Export - the brands that Hohenadel brewed till it closed in 1952 were gone and mostly forgotten.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even with its boarded-up windows and doors and "No Trespassing" signs, the massive twin mansion in Philadelphia's Tioga section is stunning, its elaborate terra-cotta trim reflecting the elegance of a long-ago time. The 4,125-square-foot house in the 2200 block of Tioga Street has been vacant for years, but a graduate student from California and the owner, who lived in the house for decades, are trying to save it. Jennifer Robinson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, is working with owner Dianna Denson, who was raised in the three-story house.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
A FEW WEEKS ago, coach Steve Quigley was so worried about how few kids came out for the first varsity football team in Strawberry Mansion High School history that he drove through the neighborhood searching for players. "I drove up and down Susquehanna, Lehigh, Diamond," Quigley said. "I pulled one kid over who was riding his bike and told him, 'We're having physicals for the new varsity football team.' He never showed up. Another kid said his girlfriend had a baby and he had to work to support them.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demolition began Monday at the stately Rittenhouse Square property purchased more than a year ago by local developer Bart Blatstein for $4.2 million. The Center City Residents Association newsletter published Blatstein's renovation and construction plans for the property, said Kathleen Federico, a member of the association and a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. Known locally as the McIlhenny Mansion, the 8,600-square-foot property spans 1914-16 Rittenhouse Square and 1915-21 Manning St. Blatstein's purchase in April 2013 was for roughly $488 per square foot.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
STRAWBERRY Mansion residents will be the benefactors of three Philadelphia Housing Authority projects within 24 months. The neighbors say they want and need the housing but they want to make sure they have a say in how it's done. City officials broke ground on the first development Tuesday: the Oakdale Street Apartments, on a longtime vacant lot in the north end of Strawberry Mansion. Twelve units will be built on Oakdale Street near 28th, across from the Widener Library. The three developments will result in a total investment of about $30 million.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LOLITA DAWSON'S birthday party had a few uninvited guests. And a lot of uninvited chaos, to hear some of her relatives tell it. At least a dozen Philly cops descended on Dawson's cookout Sunday, in an empty lot on York Street near 27th, in Strawberry Mansion, after a brawl broke out while two officers tried to arrest suspects from a nearby assault, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Harold Mann, 38, and Keith Davis, 44, remained in custody last night, charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, robbery and related offenses, Little said.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fire that damaged part of a medieval-style, custom-built Main Line mansion was under investigation Thursday as the homeowner recovered from burn injuries at a nearby hospital. The official cause of the blaze is not yet known, but a preliminary investigation suggested the homeowner's truck caught fire while he was working on it under the portico on the side of the house. The fire broke out just before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at the home on the 200 block of Wyndom Lane in Radnor Township, Delaware County.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Matthew Seip first laid eyes on the 13,000-square-foot, circa-2000 manse in Gladwyne, its most notable attribute was its provenance: The prior owner was filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. The towering (and disintegrating) stucco walls, pretentious interior columns, two-story great room, and four vinyl garage doors that greeted visitors didn't do much to distinguish it from its neighbors. "We knew it was, inherently, a version of a McMansion. So one of our challenges was: How do we bring a new identity to it?"
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
ATLANTIC CITY - Lamenting that the Democratic Party has experienced a difficult four years under Gov. Christie, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney called Friday for a return to progressive politics in New Jersey as the party seeks to take back the governor's mansion in 2017. "We need a governor whose focus is Main Street, not Pennsylvania Avenue," Sweeney (D., Gloucester) told a luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel during the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's 18th annual conference.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
STRAWBERRY MANSION Two demolition workers in Strawberry Mansion were injured Tuesday when struck by a piece of brownstone that fell from a rowhouse next to a building they were bringing down, officials said. Two of the workers demolishing 3026 W. Diamond St. - owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority - were leaving the site about 10:30 a.m. for a break when a piece of brownstone from 3028 W. Diamond fell on them, said Scott Mulderig, director of L&I's emergency services division.
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