January 21, 1996 |
Versailles at Europa, Cherry Hill, Camden County What appears to be one of the most standard feature at Versailles at Europa - the Orleans Co.'s development of townhouses in Cherry Hill - is the availability of un-standard variations. "And we were extremely pleased with the builder, who was very cooperative with the changes we wanted to make in our house," said Barbara Shiroff, who has lived at Versailles with her husband, Harry, since last May. Their home, an Evian design, is not even one of the standard designs offered at Versailles.
December 25, 2014 |
Developer Leo Addimando 's Alterra Property Group , which owns apartments in Center City and Manayunk, has big changes planned for the 104-unit Versailles apartments at 1530 Locust St., which it acquired and began running last week. Alterra replaces Carlyle Property Management . "That building is a jewel. It needs a facelift. We are going to be investing in capital improvements, starting sometime in 2015. It will be done slowly," Addimando told me. That means higher rents, which Philadelphia apartment-dwellers have gotten used to lately.
June 27, 2015 |
Actor Alan Rickman helms A Little Chaos , his second film as a director, with Kate Winslet as a royal landscaper helping to design the vast gardens of Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV (played by Rickman himself). Winslet's powerhouse performances holds up A Little Chaos , a movie that cannot necessarily support her inherent force. She plays Sabine de Barra, a fictional landscaper employed by André le Nôtre, mastermind behind Versailles' gardens. Matthias Schoenaerts, as le Nôtre, is getting mileage out of costume drama this summer: He also stars in the Thomas Hardy adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd . De Barra's life is not the only fudged part of history.
September 3, 1989 |
In this land of powerful cultural icons, can there be a more potent symbol of French excess - for good and evil - than the 17th-century chateau that dominates this town of 100,000? Forget all the hype you've heard this year about the French Revolution's bicentennial and stirring re-enactments of the storming of the Bastille. If you want to ride on the road to revolution, skulk the tapestried corridors of power, reflect in the mirrors of the world's most beautiful ballroom, and stand your ground where the rabble once roused, then by all means visit Versailles.
May 14, 1999 |
You can best experience the old-world elegance of the Versailles a step at a time. First, step back to appreciate the Versailles' neo-classical architecture, designed in the Beaux Arts tradition. Constructed in 1920 by Philadelphia architect Frederick Webber (who, 10 years later, designed 1830 Rittenhouse Square, the first apartment building on the square), the 15-story, historically certified building at the corner of Locust and 16th Streets carries the signature of its time in its ornate cornices, towering bays (known as Chicago-style windows)
March 17, 1986 |
From 1916 until 1980, one of the grandest houses in Pennsylvania was a sprawling 447-room Georgian mansion in Wyndmoor called Whitemarsh Hall. The ornate rooms, extravagant furnishings and French-style formal gardens earned it the title "the Versailles of America," but to Springfield Township residents, it was simply the Stotesbury Estate, named for its owner, financier Edward Townsend Stotesbury. The mansion that took five years to build was demolished in two weeks in the spring of 1980, leaving a belvedere, a retaining wall and a few damaged statues.
July 5, 2007
It's often said that "art belongs to all of us. " Nice sentiment. But ownership is more than enjoyment. When art needs to be spruced up, who is responsible? In France, they answer: All of us. Let's get it done, however we can. On June 25, after $16 million and three years of painstaking craft, the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles was fully reopened. Louis XIV, the "Sun King," had it built from 1678 to 1684 as a monument to . . . well, himself. It's 960 square yards, huge windows on one side, 357 mirrors on the other.
April 16, 2015 |
In her book The Battle of Versailles , Robin Givhan whisks readers back to an electric night in 1973 when five emerging American fashion designers bested their French counterparts . The 306-page tome, published by Flatiron Books, recounts how the industry's then-underdogs - Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Roy Halston Frowick (simply known as Halston) - surprisingly triumphed in a fashion show competition and fund-raiser that would benefit the crumbling Versailles palace.
January 23, 1994 |
Versailles, Cherry Hill, Camden County Both builder and buyers are digging a little deeper at Versailles, the Orleans Co.'s new townhouse community in Cherry Hill where basements have become standard. In fact, all of the remaining 80 houses (out of 102) at Versailles will be built with full basements. Homes that back up to a wooded area will have walk-out basements. "We were originally offering the townhouses with or without basements," said Del Purscell, executive vice present of sales and marketing for Orleans.
July 27, 2012 |
A FEW YEARS AGO, filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield took a picture of a rich lady's purse that ended up hailed by Time magazine as one of the best photos of the year. The purse belonged to a woman named Jackie Siegel, who mentioned that she was in the process of building a Versailles-inspired home that would be the biggest house in America — 90,000 square feet. That's the house, not America. "I knew that was a movie I wanted to make," said Greenfield, who is also in the midst of an ongoing photography project aimed at wealth and consumerism during what she considered the country's new Gilded Age. She persuaded Jackie and husband David (a real estate mogul)