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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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January 24, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Mention the "Mansion District" to many Philadelphians, and they will assume you're talking about Rittenhouse Square or Chestnut Hill. The city's official Mansion District can actually be found in North Philadelphia, just a block below Temple University. The enclave, officially known as the North Broad Street Mansion District, stretches west to 16th Street, between Master and Oxford, and is packed with more than two dozen Victorian, Italianate, and Beaux-Arts urban estates. Because this column has been exploring the architecture of North Broad, my focus is on the striking chocolate-brown and limestone houses near Jefferson Street that serve as the district's gateway.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
A shootout at a tattoo parlor left a customer wounded Thursday night in the city's Strawberry Mansion section, police said. Shortly before 8 p.m., two armed men attempted to rob a tattoo parlor in the 1900 block of North 31st Street. An employee exchanged gunfire with the would-be robbers, and a 20-year-old male customer was struck in the right calf and broke his leg. Police transported the victim to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition. The perpetrators were last seen running south on 31st.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
A 51-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday night in the city's Strawberry Mansion section, police said. Shortly before 8 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Stanley Street, the victim was shot multiple times. He was transported by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:26 p.m. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran  
SPORTS
January 2, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider welcomed a large group of visitors to his mansion in Montecito, Calif., on Thursday afternoon. Namely, his entire hockey team, coaches, and assorted club personnel. The entourage arrived by bus after practicing at a Santa Barbara rink that has a connection to Snider, who has been battling cancer for about two years. Snider, 82, shook hands, and hugged his visitors. "It was awesome," defenseman Luke Schenn said of the two-hour visit.
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
ABANDONED AS a city water source over 50 years ago, East Park Reservoir reverted to nature and became a pristine lake, home to hundreds of native and migratory bird species but fenced off from its Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. That will change today when North Philly's hidden Fairmount Park oasis is reborn as "The Discovery Center" - a 50-acre, Outward Bound/National Audubon Society lake-and-woodlands paradise where, beginning next summer, thousands of Philly kids can feel their spirits soar on the high ropes course.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
All the gems on North Broad Street are hidden in plain sight, and the Matthew Baird mansion is no exception. The first of the great houses built on the avenue by Philadelphia's 19th-century industrial barons, it is now squeezed between Johnnie Bleu's nightclub and a vacant shop, and it gazes out on two gas stations across the street. Baird had the 19-room brownstone house erected in 1863, while the Civil War was raging, with money he earned designing engines and troop carriers for the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
JOSEPH McGILL will spend tonight sleeping where slaves once slept in the Germantown kitchen of 18th-century Cliveden mansion. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., McGill will do what he has done after spending more than 100 nights in former slave quarters in 15 states. He'll talk with the public about "The Slave Dwelling Project," his one-man effort to preserve the scarce, forgotten remains of America's slavery history. "We tend to want to preserve the nice, beautiful homes and tell the nice, beautiful stories of, usually, white men," McGill said.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Joseph McGill remembers with a shudder the time he spent at Seward Plantation in Brenham, Texas. "I stood atop an auction block," he said this week from South Carolina, "and imagined the enslaved with their bare backs exposed to show there weren't any marks. No one would buy if there were scars. That showed defiance. " Time fell away for McGill, a descendant of enslaved workers, as he remembered his auction-block experience. "That stands out. Yes. That stands out. " McGill, 54, is director of the Slave Dwelling Project, a five-year-old effort to draw attention to those places, still largely hidden on the American landscape, that were populated and used by enslaved black people.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It may not be as well known as Cliveden, the Chew family mansion across Germantown Avenue that was the site of the Battle of Germantown in 1777. But Upsala, at 6430 Germantown Ave., just over the line in Mount Airy, played a role in the battle, too, as the staging ground for American forces before they attacked the British on that foggy morning of Oct. 4. Considered one of Philadelphia's finest examples of Federal architecture, Upsala has...
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