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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.
NEWS
April 18, 1990 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware Rest Inc., a for-profit corporation, has acquired the historic Zurbrugg mansion on the riverfront in Delanco Township and will reopen it as a residential health-care facility after extensive renovations. The 80-year-old mansion had been operated for nearly 40 years as the Bible Presbyterian Home under the aegis of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Collingswood. The last tenants moved out in December 1988. Delaware Rest purchased the property, which occupies an entire block at 531 Delaware Ave., for $505,000 in March and plans to spend "upwards of a half- million dollars" in renovations, according to Vince Amico of Bordentown, vice president of the new corporation.
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July 16, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Finding an affordable place of her own was so important to Latoya Wright that when she learned that the Philadelphia Housing Authority was building green homes in Strawberry Mansion, she stood in line at 1 in the morning in the hope of securing a spot. The mother of two had been on the waiting list for public housing for more than a decade. The hours in line, said Wright, 31, were worth it. This week, she and her daughters - Mahagony, 13, and Jayda, 6 - will move out of her sister's home into a two-bedroom townhouse at 2800 Oakdale St., the site of 12 new affordable housing units in the North Philadelphia neighborhood.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The planned demolition of an 1890 mansion once owned by a founder of U.S. Pipe may pale in comparison to another razing that took place at the Burlington City site about 100 years ago, after the stately home had been converted to company offices. The mansion, a three-story Colonial Revival-style building on the Delaware River, was occupied by Andrew McNeal and his family until 1899, when he sold his company to the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry, according to an application the city submitted to have the building placed on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places.
NEWS
May 26, 2015
A man who was shot four times in the city's Strawberry Mansion section is in critical condition, police said Sunday. Shortly after 3 p.m., the 34-year-old man was found in the 2500 block of North 29th Street after being shot in the face, chest, stomach and thigh. He was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests were reported. Caitlin McCabe
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After decades of neglect, the stately mansion built along the Delaware River in Burlington City for industrialist Andrew McNeal in 1890 is facing almost certain demolition. But few city officials think the historic structure next to the shuttered U.S. Pipe manufacturing plant he founded is worth sparing, given the degree of deterioration. A 2001 fire at the mansion capped 50 years of abandonment, leaving a crumbling, three-story masonry skeleton vulnerable to vandals who have spread ghost stories about the place while posting shaky YouTube videos filmed from inside.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long-awaited Winslow Township High School's junior/senior prom was supposed to be a night dreams are made of. For months, a committee of juniors worked long hours to craft a fitting send-off for the seniors, who had looked forward to the gala for four years. The theme was Old Hollywood "Glitz & Glam," and for the close to 400 students who turned out at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, it was an absolute star turn. But just about two hours into the May 15 prom, as the DJ was playing Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," the power went out. Some thought it was a senior prank.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
THIS GOES to show that fame doesn't always go straight to one's head. Bryshere Gray and Jussie Smollett , of the Fox prime-time TV series "Empire" can be found at the FYE store (100 S. Broad St.) in Center City at 4 p.m. today signing autographs. The pair appears on the new soundtrack of "Empire" and will be signing copies for those who buy the CD. Sunday morning, a photographer from TMZ caught up with Gray - who hails from Philadelphia - at Reagan National Airport, in Washington, D.C. The paparazzo asked Gray what he planned to do with the money from his newfound success.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a year after her New Hope mansion was scorched for the third time in five years, Claire Risoldi visited Tina Mazaheri, a family friend. Risoldi suspected her family was under investigation for the fires at the 10-acre estate they called Clairemont. She wanted to suggest what Mazaheri might tell a grand jury if called as a witness, Mazaheri said. Mazaheri, a lawyer, said she told Risoldi it would violate her professional duty to lie. That's when Risoldi exploded into a rage, according to Mazaheri.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
HIGH ON A FOX Chase hill, Carole Covert and her husband Bill McMenamin will wear their Victorian clothes, channel the 19th-century spirits of Robert and Maryann Ryerrs, and welcome folks to Robert's 184th birthday party. The free, family-friendly, 2 p.m. celebration on March 8 at the Ryerss Mansion & Library on Central Avenue near Shelmire Street includes wandering among the 1859 estate's Asian antiques, its gallery of animal oil portraits and its collections of teapots, shoes, seashells, rocks and minerals.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Strawberry Mansion when the motorist he had pulled over tried to grab his gun and then drove into him while making his getaway, police said. As the car sped from the scene, Joseph Kochmer, 32, a five-year veteran of the force, fired one shot at the vehicle, but it did not strike the driver, police said. The incident began at 11:38 a.m., when Kochmer and his partner stopped a Chevrolet Impala with an Ohio license plate at 32d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
High on a hill in West Philadelphia sits the most significant spot many Philadelphians have never heard of: the Woodlands, a historically and architecturally important mansion and cemetery that is home to many of the city's most notable dead. It is 54 acres of green and calm on the west bank of the Schuylkill, an oasis directly across the street from a SEPTA trolley portal. "It's this amazing place that nobody knows about," said Jessica Baumert, executive director of the Woodlands.
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