Spotted in Chestnut Hill: Lush Property Designed by Clarence C. Zantzinger

All TREND images via Redfin.com

All TREND images via Redfin.com

Today we have KieranTimberlake, BLTa, Digsau, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. But back in the early 1900s there was Zantzinger, Borie & Medary for Philadelphia to call its own. Not only were they the architecture firm behind St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel at Spruce and 42nd (gorgeous, isn’t it?), but they also had a hand in designing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To boot, among their notable associates were one Louis Kahn and Dominique Berninger.

Now, while the group tended to go for commercial projects, there were a handful of residential developments they managed to squeeze out, the magnificent Rock Rose estate (or Edward K. Rowland House as some like to call it) being one of them. But with this gem of a home emerging out of the wood work as a Clarence C. Zantzinger design, we thought it apt to include it on our ZB&M appreciation train. Here’s what it brings to the table:

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Main Line Monday: Tanglewood, a Woodland Residence in Berwyn

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

Restorations, additions, and updates—like most other historic homes who’ve still got it, Tanglewood blends all of the above, molding its vintage charm and a hefty dose of modern luxuries to lure us into seeing what it has to offer. Here are some of our favorite details:

  • Two-story foyer with original terrazzo floor and light fixture, curved staircase with a stainless steel bannister, and….wait for it… a mural of all things!
  • Energy-efficient windows, mud room with radiant heated floors, and gourmet kitchen with SubZero drawer freezers, Wolf 6 burner range, and Viking fridge
  • Second caterer’s kitchen with Dacor double oven and fridge
  • Redone baths, new Vermont slate roof, refinished hardwood floors
  • Stone patios right off the dining room and heated green house

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Property’s Photo of the Week: The Only Covered Bridge Remaining in a Major U.S. City Is in Philadelphia

Update: According to Bradley Maule, the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge is “thought to date from an original bridge in 1737.” Maule says it was rebuilt in 1855, rebuilt again by WPA workers circa 1938, and was last renovated by the city and FOW in 1999. We believe him: guy spent a day of every week for a year collecting trash from Wissahickon Valley Park, so he knows a thing or two about it. Check out his One Man’s Trash exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works.  

It’s well over a century old, but the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge is just as picturesque as any place marked on this map right here. And guess what? It should be on that map seeing as how it’s a Philadelphia bridge with some serious historical cachet.

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Farmhouse Friday: There Is a Llama House and Two-Acre Pond at Twin Silo Farm

All photos by Juan Vidal

All photos by Juan Vidal

Well that does it, we’ve seen it all now.

To speak the truth, we can’t believe it didn’t come to our attention before when we first wrote about Twin Silo Farm. Sure, it has a full-scale hedge maze, two-acre pond with a fountain, and a “resort-like” pool and spa–but a llama house? And not just your average run-of-the-mill llama barn, but one designed in the style of Polish country homes. How do we respond to this? More importantly, how do we respond to this: “[it] is now a gorgeous home to the beautiful white swans.” Oh, swans now? Next it will be geeps.

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PHOTOS: Leasing Has Started at Avenir on Fifteenth in Center City

Photos by the Scully Company. Courtesy of Lorraine Gimblett.

Photos by the Scully Company.

Last March (boy, that was quick), we told you about six Philadelphia development projects that were springing forward this year. For fun, we tacked on just one more to that list for good luck: Avenir on Fifteenth. You can call it Avenir (French for “future”) for short.

Located at 42 South 15th Street, the apartment complex is an adaptive reuse of the Robinson Building, which had previously been office space. (You might know it as the building with the Kimye Wendy’s, which has since moved up the block and off of the corner). Developed by the Scully Company and Alterra Property Group, the newly refurbished structure has had its floors gutted and claims a sleek look inspired by the sans-serif typeface. Fun fact? There are 180 “efficiently designed apartments,” some of which are Philly’s first micro units ranging from 314 to 434 square-feet! There are, however, multiple sizes and floor plans offered with the flats, studios, one- and two-bedroom units.

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The Ultimate Sunken Living Room Is Located in Society Hill

TREND images via Redfin.com

TREND images via Redfin.com

We’re telling you now, don’t be fooled by its Society Hill zip code or pretty 18th-century facade. Because even though it’s near the corner of 2nd and Spruce, what we actually have here is a thoroughly updated house with a…let’s say distinctive interior.

Case in point, an entrance bridge overlooking a two-story living room. The partially stone-walled room looks as if it came about after the first floor was likely expanded by breaking through to the lower level. Deepest sunken living room ever? We’d say so. Features here include a built-in bar, arched masonry fireplace with wood stove, and a floating sculpture by Peter Rose.

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This Cool Map Shows Where Philly’s Most Photogenic Streets Are Located

Wallace Street | Photo credit: Flickr user Brookeipse

Wallace Street | Photo credit: Flickr user Brookeipse

The more projects spring up, the more people move to Center City, the more overall change Philly is seeing to its landscape…all of this combined makes for spellbinding excursions around a city with deeply-rooted neighborhood histories and evolving city blocks, regardless of whether its by lifelong residents or newcomers. But with so much going on, how do you know which areas to check out first?

A fellow named Eric Fisher can help you out there.

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For Sale: Restored Queen Village Residence With…a “Sexy” Fireplace?

TREND images via Redfin.com

TREND images via Redfin.com

It’s an attractive home to be sure, but to have the listing describe the living room marble fireplace as “sexy”? Well… Well, alright (to be fair,  it’s not like other home listings in Philadelphia have eluded the adjective.), call it what you will, but you have to admit the house is quite a catch with or without that feature being singled out.

For one thing, it’s in one of Philly’s most walkable and bike-able neighborhoods, within the vaunted Meredith School Catchment, and it’s in move-in condition. The home has been restored and boasts a finished basement with fireplace (this one isn’t sexy, huh?), bathroom, laundry, and storage space. Upstairs, two of the bedrooms come with built-in bookcases and exposed brick, while fifteen-foot ceilings and a lofted walk-in closet are reserved for the master suite occupants. These lucky ducks also have the luxury of a fireplace (…) and marble bath with double sinks.

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Neighbors Await Church to Preschools Conversion In West Philly

Former Saint Peter’s Church of Christ (right) and its parish house (left) | Image via Google Street View

Former Saint Peter’s Church of Christ (right) and its parish house (left) | Image via Google Street View

The former Saint Peter’s Church of Christ building at 4700 Kingsessing Avenue has already started to see renovation work, as previously reported, but the property still requires a zoning variance if its to become a permanent community fixture. And it looks like its well on its way, according to developer Guy Laren: “The ZBA asked very positive questions,” he says in summation of his Monday meeting with the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. He says he expects to hear an answer from them as early as the end of this week.

Laren’s plans for repurposing the old church and its parish house into a commercial space with two preschools, in this case the Children’s Community School and a Little Learners branch has been well-received by area residents, with the few worries aired coming from a community group called the Southwest Philadelphia District Services and “near neighbors concerned with traffic.”

Support, however, has been the predominant response. “Lights would be on,” on the relatively unfrequented corner, he says, and locals “generally liked it.” Among the project’s most vocal supporters were the parents of children enrolled at the Little Learners daycare at 46th and Woodland, as many hope the second location will help stall kids enrolled at the Woodland branch from being “graduated out” for lack of space. “This is not a chain that changes managers every three months,” Laren added. They would “both be amenities to the community.”

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: The High Life at Dellhaven Manor

TREND photos via Zillow.com

TREND photos via Zillow.com

The stylings of nineteenth-century France seem to be the name of the game at this Bucks County estate in Riegelsville. Look no further than the dining room, where you’ll spot a hand-carved wet bar from the era, and the great room, where a wall with French Palladium doors looks out to a slate dining patio, tennis court, and pastoral grounds. Add to that a double-columned porte cochère, and you’ve basically got an elegant European manor home to your name. The property’s name? Dellhaven.

Dellhaven’s interior details include five original fireplaces, 18-inch walls from the pre-Revolutionary period, and wide-plank wood floors with patina. It has a service buffet in the breakfast room and the kitchen offers several double appliances for the consummate weekend host. And speaking of hosting, fun amenities guests can look forward to include an Art Deco home theater and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

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