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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.
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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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June 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The second of two men accused of robbing and killing a Strawberry Mansion couple two years ago has pleaded guilty in a deal in which he was sentenced to prison for 38 to 76 years. Terry Ballard pleaded guilty Friday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to two counts of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery in the slayings of former neighbors Rufus Perry, 79, and his wife Algladis, 66. Ballard, 28, was scheduled for trial next Monday but asked to plead guilty during Friday's status hearing, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax. Sax said Ballard's boyfriend and accomplice, Justen Smith, 21, pleaded guilty May 2 to the same charges and received an identical sentence from Judge Glenn B. Bronson.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
HEY CUPCAKE, in some sort of cosmic joke, the Playboy Mansion has been sold to the private equity firm manager whose fund owns Hostess. And Twinkies. And Ding Dongs. USA Today reports that Daren Metropoulos of Metropoulos & Co., plans to buy the home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. The Playboy Mansion was listed at $200 million, but we're guessing that had less to do with the number of bedrooms (12) than who was in them. A final sale price was not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the mansion news, reported that Metropoulos is familiar with the mansion as Hef sold him an adjacent house, seven years ago, for $18 million.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
WHEN KIARA Brooks and her teammates walk the halls of Strawberry Mansion High in their lacrosse uniforms, other students pepper them with questions. "They'll say, 'What?' or 'What's that?' " said Brooks, 16, a sophomore. "Sometimes they call it corny. " But she and her teammates are resilient. Having begun playing lacrosse in February, they've learned to keep their cool against opponents with much more experience, some of whom have taunted them, calling them "ghetto" or other insults, coach Jazmine Smith said.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
Before the Sheraton moved in across the road, before Home Depot set up shop next door, Loch Aerie was the bewitching summer estate of a gentleman farmer who amassed a great fortune manufacturing paper shirt collars and then lost it. William Lockwood's 1868 Swiss-Gothic manor, a 6,522-square-foot marvel of peaked roofs, arched windows, and Addams Family charm, is now a misfit in the madding suburban landscape. At 1 p.m. April 21, the East Whiteland Township property, on a narrow hillock along Route 30 near Route 202, goes to auction.
NEWS
March 19, 2016
A man was killed Thursday afternoon after being shot on a street in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. on the 2600 block of North 31st Street, police said. The unidentified victim was shot once in the back of his head and once in the stomach. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m. Police said there has been no arrest, and no weapon has been recovered.
SPORTS
February 11, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Dueces were certainly wild on Tuesday in Public League Class 2A first- round action as two senior brothers recorded double-doubles for Dobbins in a 22-point win over visiting Strawberry Mansion. Tyzja and Nizja Faison scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, and added 10 rebounds apiece as the Mustangs galloped past the Knights, 55-33. Elsewhere in the Public League 2A first round: Corey Stewart notched a double-double with 14 points - 10 in the fourth - and 10 rebounds to lead host Masterman past Tacony Charter, 67-63.
NEWS
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.
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