October 19, 2014 |
Sometimes a single part of an architectural design can explain the whole. At Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, the building's entire aesthetic sensibility is summed up by a humble staircase tucked off to the side of the lobby. Unlike the grand flights of steps in a big art palace, the purpose of the Barnes stairwell is more functional than ceremonial: transporting visitors from the main floor to the amenities on the lower level. But like the rest of the understated Barnes, the stairs also are packed with quiet theatrics.
April 11, 2013 |
The three members of the Black Flag Family gang - including a former volunteer firefighter - knew exactly what they were doing when they allegedly tried to burn down a 237-year-old piece of Bucks County history, police said Tuesday. Fortunately, they didn't succeed. While the interior of the unique Croydon Lodge - once home to a Revolutionary War-era British officer - is damaged, the outside of the structure is still sound, said Bob Pritz, president of Holland Enterprises, a developer.
April 1, 2013 |
Marie Lynch and her husband, Jay, live in Media in a 4,500-square-foot, center-hall Colonial, complete with portico, butterfly staircase, a kitchen designed for Italian cooking and Irish entertaining, and a master-bedroom closet with enough floor space to open a 7-Eleven. But they might still be living in their much-smaller Colonial in West Whiteland, Chester County, if an 18-wheeler hadn't demolished the car her son Stephen was riding in on the Ohio Turnpike one Friday night 17 years ago. He died then and there.
February 17, 2013 |
Sixteen years ago, Louise Fischer and Tony Perez purchased a stone Tudor in Roxborough. With the sale came a bin of blueprints and three bound volumes chronicling the 1920 construction of the house. The archival material confirmed that beneath shag carpets and lime-green paint was a home with elegant bones. In 1997, Fischer was living in a new townhouse in Andorra and shopping for a place with character she could share with Perez, who loved old homes. Her daughter, Lisa Santoro, had found a prospect on Green Lane.
October 22, 2012 |
With its portico with fieldstone columns and its peaked roof buttressed with hand-sawn logs, its staircase made from log spindles and its chandelier adorned with moose and bears, the decor of Eagle Claw Cabin might suggest a dark hunting lodge in the Adirondacks. Instead, the cabin is a light-filled vacation home at Lake Naomi in the Poconos. Owners Rich and Sue Kratzinger have balanced rustic details with attention to scale and touches of whimsy, including a charming sleep nook for their granddaughters.
August 23, 2009 |
Paul Vosbikian was driving down a familiar street in Moorestown with his wife when he spotted a sale sign on a corner ranch house. He slowed down because it happened to be in the exact neighborhood where his parents and sister had homes. "I looked at the house and the lot, and especially at the backyard, which was wonderful. And I immediately said to my wife, 'We could make this work,' " he said. "I know it sounds a bit impulsive, but that's really the moment when we realized this might just be the house for us. " That was in 2002, just a few years after the couple had moved to a townhouse in a newer area of Moorestown.
January 14, 2007 |
The French call it l'esprit d'escalier. "Staircase wit. " The phrase refers to the witty comeback, the rapier riposte that only occurs to you long after you needed it, when you're halfway down the stairs, heading home. I've been on that damned staircase, twitching with self-loathing, for a week or so now. This is my exorcism. On Jan. 4, my wife and I went to see the show This Is the Week That Is at a little theater on Sansom Street. We sat with my pal Dick Polman (the political columnist)
December 15, 2006 |
A few years ago, I went to a salon to get my hair done for my brother's wedding. As the stylist was creating the "updo," she said, "My goal is to make your hair look like you did it yourself. " "Excuse me?" I thought. "Then why am I paying you?" I didn't say that because I learned long ago never to insult your waitress, dentist or hairstylist. They get the last laugh. However, I can't think of anything, save maybe a pie, that I'd like to have look homespun. I understand that achieving an effortless, not-too-contrived look is an art. But there's a fine line between a natural hairstyle and a heron's nest.
May 17, 2003 |
More than four years after a former University of Pennsylvania student died in a drunken fall, his parents have brought the university to court, seeking $5 million in damages. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Jean and Jon Tobin, of Pittsford, N.Y., are suing the university, the Penn chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and Trammel Crow, a firm that maintains property for the university, alleging negligence in their son's death. Michael Tobin, 26, a 1994 graduate of the university's College of Arts and Sciences, died at the university-owned fraternity house at 3619 Locust Walk after falling off an outside balcony staircase about 4 a.m. March 21, 1999.