Farmhouse Friday: Chester County Barn Home, Animal Rescue Site For Sale

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Some five years ago, Julia Altman purchased a farm property in Unionville, Chester County. The site, it appears, was meant to be her personal residence, but as she explains in a 6ABC feature from earlier this year, it quickly morphed into something so much more than a home after she took in a couple of dogs: “It grew and grew and eventually, we built this kennel here and now it’s kind of busting out.”

Oh, don’t worry. With the help of several volunteers and more than six acres at its disposal, Greenmore Farm (or Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue as it’s known ’round those parts), has served as a safe haven for pets and farm animals without a home to call their own. And while Altman is only relocating the rescue, let’s hope cuties like Brodie, HazelRemy, and Gus and Guthrie, to name a few, get adopted soon enough!

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Open House: Industrial Flat Inside Converted Ribbon Factory

TREND images via SPACE & COMPANY

TREND images via SPACE & COMPANY

We must admit, the old factories of Philadelphia’s former industrial life hold a warm place in our hearts. It’s especially wonderful to see these old, often hulking, neighborhood landmarks reused into cool loft spaces.

Oftentimes, we see them near Market East or even the Eraserhood. Today we’re heading up north to the Trenton Ribbon Factory Lofts, in an area that people colloquially refer to now as Port Fishington–where the Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington converge.

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Handsome “Stable Row” Buildings in Rittenhouse to be Reborn as Luxury Apartments

2023-25 Rittenhouse Square | Photo: James Jennings

2023-25 Rittenhouse Square (sorry about the scaffolding) | Photo: James Jennings

If you’ve ever rounded on to Rittenhouse Square street from 20th Street after a meal at Audrey Claire (or from 21st Street from Friday Saturday Sunday, perhaps), there is no doubt you’ve noticed the collection of carriage doors that define the charming block.

Probably no building is more prominent than the former stable at 2023-25, which is adorned with a beautiful profile of a horse head made of terra cotta and intricate brick work (especially for a stable).  Now, scaffolding wraps its unique facade as it’s in the process of getting a new lease on life.

Developer SRS Real Estate is the midst of two parking-garage-to-luxury-apartment conversion projects: Six units in 2023-25 Rittenhouse and nine across the street at 2028 Rittenhouse, a much larger parking facility. Steven Savitz of SRS said that they’re “pushing hard” to have each building ready for the rental season in 2016, and that “March or April would be ideal for both buildings,” in terms of delivery.

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Fine Wine and Good Spirits Coming to Big-Time Development on Chestnut Street

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Rendering of 1112-28 Chestnut Street | via Target

 

Though it’s currently under construction, we’d imagine that Brickstone Realty‘s massive project at 1112-1128 Chestnut is rapidly becoming the future go-to destination for residents and visitors to the Midtown Village/Washington Square West area, thanks in large part to type retailers they’re bringing on board.

Fresh off the news that the project will soon boast Target’s new urban scale concept to go along with 112 apartment units, it’s now known that the site’s second retailer will be a large format Fine Wine and Good Spirits outpost.

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Southern Land Company Has Something Cookin’ at Long-Vacant Rittenhouse Lot

1911 Walnut, Southern Land Company

1911 Walnut | Photos: James Jennings

Southern Land Company looks to have something in the works at the lot at 1911 Walnut Street, their prized property on Rittenhouse Square. Cryptic signage has been hung on the fencing that provides some interesting insight of what’s to come.

“Welcome to 1911 Walnut,” reads the first sign, one of seven hung at the lot. “Soon this will be a community destination for luxury living, shopping and recreation. Until then, we invite you to enjoy a new view on this great site.” It then directs passersby to a website for more details.

The cool thing is that, while we don’t know specifics, the signs do say quite a bit. For starters, we now know it will be some sort of luxury building called 1911 Walnut, which is more than we’ve known about this project thus far.

But wait, there’s so much more!

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Newly Renovated Residence in Society Hill Shows Off Restored Facade

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Someone once asked me what my favorite part of the city was and, I’m assuming to their and now your surprise, I gave the anticlimactic answer of Society Hill. It’s heavily residential, to be sure, with commercial amenities slowly emerging as you near Old City or South Street, but that’s precisely why I like it. It calls to mind that old Thomas Mann quote that goes “Thoughts come clearly as one walks,” and Society Hill is my personal (I’m usually the only one taking a stroll there for the sake of it) walker’s paradise.

Part of what makes those occasional promenades so great are the home eye-candy, especially the historic ones with beautifully restored facades. This newly renovated home at 528 Spruce Street, listed for more than $2 million, finds itself in such a position. (Psst, you can see at an open house this Sunday, deets and photos below.)

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1300 Fairmount Sails Through Design Review, Now Heads to Zoning

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/property/2015/08/21/three-mega-projects-slated-for-civic-design-review-in-september/#5b06kkezoSBL2GRc.99

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects

1300 Fairmount, a large mixed-use apartment complex planned on the vacant lot that all but wraps the Divine Lorraine on Ridge Avenue, sailed through the Civic Design Review process this week. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that the project “received generally positive remarks” from a committee that hasn’t pulled any punches (positive or negative) as of late.

RAL, a New York-based development company, plans to bring 486 apartments to the site over multiple phases, with a supermarket as the retail anchor of the project. The two development teams–RAL and EB Realty Management, the developers of the Divine Lorraine–were working closely to ensure that the design of each building works with the other. The result is a more modern 19-story tower set with its massing set away from the Grand Dame of North Broad on Ridge Avenue.

Neighbors did have some concerns, reports Brey, as they sought some assurances from the developer that the project’s multiple phases–another apartment block built over the parking garage and also townhomes on 13th Street– would be fully realized. An emphasis was also placed on some safety issues around the site, namely better street lighting on Ridge and Fairmount avenues.

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36 Affordable Townhomes to Replace Vacant Lot in Port Richmond

Grace Town Homes rendering | Kramer + Marks Architects | Image courtesy of Ceisler Media

Kramer + Marks Architects | Courtesy of Ceisler Media

About ten minutes from the blighted Orinoka textile factory building, another eyesore takes up promising real estate. Fortunately, like Orinoka, the vacant lot at 2201 E. Auburn Street in Port Richmond awaits a Friday groundbreaking on a project that will, upon completion, bring 36 affordable townhomes to the area. Completion is anticipated for fall 2016.

The residential development is to be called Grace Town Homes, according to a press release, and was conceived from a partnership between the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and the Firm Hope Baptist Church. It was designed by Kramer + Marks Architects.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: French Country Estate-Style Dream on the Main Line

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TREND images via Zillow.com

If this week’s Main Line Monday home seemed fitting as the setting for a Sabrina remake, then this Villanova residence would work great in a period film. Stylized in the character of French Colonial country estates, the three-acre property vaunts superb outdoor spaces by award-winning landscape architect Chuck Hess, while the home itself was designed by Peter Zimmerman Architects, a local firm noted for their historic preservation and residential projects on the Main Line. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Built in 2002, the house at 1113 Brynlawn Road offers elegant rooms with accents that include coffered and latticework ceilings, fireplaces (there are seven total), reclaimed antique pecan floors, and custom millwork. Floor-t0-ceiling windows and French doors are also throughout, with a pair in the garden room leading out to a flagstone patio overlooking the multi-garden grounds (which, for the record, was the Association of Professional Landscape Designers “Residential Best of Show” award winner in 2007). The garden room also connects to a a gallery with access to the study and open family kitchen. Specs and photos below.

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Temple University’s High-Tech Library Gets High Marks at Civic Design Review

Temple University Libray | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Temple University Library | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Temple University’s flashy new library went before the Civic Design Review Committee on Tuesday, and it might be an understatement to say that the information-only presentation went well. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey was on hand as CDR board member Cecil Baker proclaimed his love for the design of the project telling Temple’s architect, Margaret Carney: “I see your project and I get filled with hope.”

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