March 18, 2000 |
John Pappas, 81, who founded a stair-building company in Bucks County, died of heart-related problems Tuesday at his Pipersville home. After serving in the military, Mr. Pappas went to work for his father at N.J. Pappageorge Co. in Philadelphia and learned the staircase-building trade. Later, he worked for Yeager Co., a lumber yard in Philadelphia's Germantown section, and then founded John Pappas & Son, a Plumsteadville, Bucks County, company. At the time of his death, he was helping his son Mark in that field.
October 15, 1995 |
Northampton Ridge, Richboro, Bucks County The ups and downs of real estate are taking on new forms . . . as second sets of stairs (known as privacy staircases) are gaining in popularity. These stairs from the kitchen or family room to the second floor are standard in four of five designs at Northampton Ridge. Each of the 38 spacious houses planned for Northampton Ridge will have 3,100 to 3,700 square feet of living space, and all will include a first-floor study in addition to a family room (four models have a cathedral ceiling)
April 7, 2000 |
Staircases, enclosed for much of the last half of the 20th century, are coming out of hiding, often sweeping grandly upward from just inside the front door. Their return as a major interior architectural element, not just a utilitarian one, is welcome. Inevitably, though, homeowners will learn that the finish on hardwood stairs won't last as long as the finish on hardwood floors. Wood steps and risers alike are subject to more abuse than floors. More pressure is applied to the tread surface when stepping up or down than when walking on a floor.
January 13, 1995 |
Going around in circles can make good sense, if you're on a spiral staircase. Spiral stairs are a compact and often highly decorative way to get from one floor of a building to another. "Typically, you save 40 square feet of space," Allen Cohen, vice president of the Iron Shop in Broomall, said of the advantage over a conventional straight stairway. The Iron Shop is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of spiral stairs. That 40 square feet is a 5- by 8-foot space - enough to make a medium-sized room spacious or to add a walk-in closet or powder room.
April 10, 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.
March 5, 1997 |
A man descends the winding staircase in the northeast quadrant of City Hall yesterday afternoon, sheltered from temperatures that topped out at a chilly 46 degrees. It will be cloudy today and milder.
April 23, 2016 |
My husband insists it was the staircase that convinced him we needed to live in the quirky old English Tudor that needed a ton of work and years of TLC. For me, it also was the staircase. So grand. Such beautiful wood! And even though they were only in elementary school when we moved there in 1973, I could already imagine our daughters walking down that staircase as brides - which they did. But, first, there were other memories of that staircase, not nearly as glorious or sentimental.
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 9, 1998 |
On Sunday, CBS will tell the story of what some people in Santa Fe, N.M., believe to be a miracle: the construction of an unsupported circular staircase in the Sisters of Loretto Chapel by a mysterious carpenter who, upon completing the job about 1878, disappeared without collecting his pay. The coiled staircase, which makes two turns between the Gothic chapel's floor and its choir loft, is made of wood that is still unidentified. Built without nails or center support, it is an engineering and architectural wonder that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
April 29, 1989 |
Back in the early 1970s, travelers in West Germany driving the autobahn between Munich and Nuremberg were treated to a peculiar sight outside the refinery town of Ingolstadt: a four-story set of concrete stairs that rose out of the ground and led nowhere. Presumably a surrounding structure was to be built, but, for several years at least, none was. That image came to mind yesterday at Simpson House Retirement Home, Belmont Avenue and Edgely Drive, where a three-story wooden balustraded staircase will be one of the items sold at an auction today of architectural objects and furniture, beginning at 10 a.m. You could only assume that the successful bidder would have to assemble the staircase on-site and put up a suitable building around it. The staircase is being removed as part of a modernization and expansion.