April 23, 2016 |
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
December 10, 1989 |
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.
September 19, 1990 |
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.
September 11, 1990 |
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.
July 16, 2002 |
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.
July 5, 1987 |
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.
March 17, 1993 |
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.
January 1, 1989 |
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.
January 31, 1990 |
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.
August 2, 1989 |
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.