Property’s Weekend Agenda: 3 Saturday Picks


Some of what’s been offered at past Phila Flea Markets sales. Photo via

1. Phila Flea Market. The latest installment of those amazing Center City vintage markets that go on for blocks and make disinterested pedestrians want to murder you. For Property readers, items of interest might include home accents (pottery, signs, vintage tins and other mantel-lining tchotchkes); furniture; and outdoor home and garden tools. Saturday, 8am-5pm.

2. Ardmore Open House. Put aside any preconceived notions about “the Main Line” and check Ardmore out if you don’t know it already. It’s actually really unpretentious, and this neighborhood fest should be a solid opportunity to get a feel for things. There’ll also be a historic tour of downtown. Easy to get there by train, but there’s free parking too. Saturday11am-4pm.

3. Yardley antiques sale. This listing actually says “garage” sale, but when I think garage sale, I think of a lesser beast than this offering of antiques and collectibles. Included? Working antique mantelpiece clocks, vintage toys and signs, glassware (including Anchor Hocking, for those who like that), and other goodies. Saturday, starts 9am.

Back to School: Gorgeous Penn Alexander-Area Victorian

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

4623 Cedar Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Pocket doors with leaded glass, decorative fireplaces, hardwood floors with inlay… With three stories and a partially finished attic, this Victorian property has beautiful historic details in abundance.

Features of note: turned staircase, curved plasterwork, leaded bay windows (comes with benched seating) in the living room, den with back staircase, and a second-floor bedroom with original armoire. The bedrooms total to six and the third floor hosts the in-law suite.

For parents, the location will be a draw, as the home is in the Penn Alexander catchment.

Gallery below.

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Splendiferous Interiors: Kitten Edition

Anyone who’s been to the Rocket Cat Cafe on Frankford Avenue may be familiar with the eye-catching kitty that stands guard over the Fishtown coffee shop. But has anyone ever wondered if the cafe would (or could, because you know, health requirements and all) ever actually live up to half of its name?

As in, there’d be cats walking around?

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DesignPhiladelphia’s Kickoff Party Is Coming Up!

design-philadelphia-logoDesignPhiladelphia, whose 2014 schedule is out now, launches its festival with PopUp Place, an experiential benefit and cocktail party on October 8th. The event will include live bidding for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, which features 20 works by Philly designers asked to transform an IKEA mirror into “something daring and remarkable.”

PopUp Place, which has a tradition of shining the spotlight on undiscovered but promising “design destinations,” will highlight Fishtown this year, and digital design agency Bluecadet (who is hosting the opening party) will allow guests to explore their 8,400-square-foot headquarters. Tickets to PopUp Place 2014 can be purchased here.

Also, don’t forget Property will have an event at DesignPhilly as well! Property Presents: Tales from the Design World will feature a variety of five-minute stories by the city’s designers, writers, architects, urban planners and photographers. Our own Liz Spikol will host the event and tickets are free. So go, go, go! We’ll see you there!

Design Out Loud Happens Wednesday

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

What can you do with a piece of Caesarstone? You can certainly made kitchen countertops with it, or bathroom vanities, or floors or walls or paneling. But what can you do that’s unexpected? That’s…art? This was the question asked of 13 design teams tasked with creating functional floor pieces and wall art, all of it made from Caesarstone quartz. The teams included the following heavy-hitter participants:

Ewing Cole
Meyer Design
Kling Stubbins
R Squared Design
Stimmel Consulting
Petersen Kitchen and Design
Cranbury Design Center
Kitchen Technology
Holods Kitchen and Bath
LPST Interior Design
Sycamore Kitchens
Devon Tile
TilMar Desgins
Bristol Millwork

The results — which include a dress fashioned with pieces of Caesarstone — will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 17th at a private evening event. Property readers can attend by sending an RSVP to and mentioning this post.

Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Renderings

A detail of one of OLIN's renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

A detail from a screenshot of one of OLIN’s renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

Philadelphia/L.A.-based landscape design firm OLIN not only opened Dilworth Park last week but also unveiled its proposed plans for San Francisco’s New Presidio Parklands project. OLIN is on the shortlist for that project, but here’s hoping these renderings — featured in an A/N blog pictorial — seal the deal.

They’re luminous and beautiful and, well, we simply want to live inside of them. And look at the maps — don’t they have a native Pacific design echo? Brilliant. We had to grab a few screen shots to show you (gallery below), but to see all the renderings for the project, from OLIN as well as the other shortlisted firms, go to the A/N blog for the full pictorial.

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Road Trip: Cat-Oriented Estate Sale in Northern NJ

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The man himself, in a painting by Roy Anderson. Also for sale.

The internationally know former president of the Cat Fanciers Association Richard Gebhardt has, according to the listing on, “decided to part with many of his lifelong treasures.” Seems a shame, but I suppose there comes a time in every life, feline-focused or no, when our possessions get the better of us. In Gebhardt’s case, given that he’s spent much of his years devoted to breeding, judging and advocating on behalf of cats and dogs (he is also a fan of the Japanese Chin, seems like), many of those treasures are animal themed: For instance:

- Hand-painted screen presented by the Japanese Cat Society
- Original photographs by world-renowned animal photographer Creszentia Allen
- Pair of Kutani Siamese cats
- Contents of Richard’s pet grooming parlor
- Chick Bragg “Cat Family” lithograph

Gebhardt also has celebrity autographs from Paul Lynde and Muhammed Ali, a bronze medallion/medal/currency proof set made for Benito Mussolini, and perhaps the oldest working juicer I’ve ever seen. And that’s just for starters. I mean, do you not want to drive to Denville, NJ tomorrow to check this out? I know I do. Gallery below, and 135 more photos at the sale’s website.

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The DesignPhiladelphia 2014 Schedule Is Out!

header-logoThe schedule is now online for the city’s incredibly fun and diverse design festival, which is back for its 10th year. Starting October 9th, there’ll be more than 120 parties, exhibits, talks, happenings, what-have-yous at venues ranging from studios to street corners, storefronts to schoolrooms, museums to modern homes. If you’ve never been in town during DesignPhiladelphia, be warned: THE CREATIVE PEOPLE ARE COMING, AND THEY ARE TAKING OVER. We’ll have picks before the fest begins, and every day as it’s going on.

Events include our own Property Presents: Tales from the Design World, which as you can see from the event info, features ME. It is described thusly:

From client horror stories to the challenges of reinventing public spaces, those on the front line of Philly’s design community have the most entertaining tales to tell. Join us for this storytelling event, where designers, writers, architects, urban planners and photographers will tell their most personal, funny, and profound five-minute anecdotes.

Info: Thurs., Oct 9th, 6:30-8:30pm, AIA Center, tickets

DesignPhiladelphia Event Schedule

Splendiferous Interiors: Chestnut Hill’s Rock House

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

With entertaining spaces that were designed by Peter Zimmerman and a plum corner lot in the St. Martins neighborhood in Chestnut Hill, Rock House is a dream. So it should come as no surprise that the home is being sold by local bold-faced names Joseph Dworetzky and Amy Banse. You may recognize him from his days as city solicitor under Ed Rendell’s mayorship or his more recent stint on the School Reform Commission. Banse is the managing director at Comcast Ventures as well as their head of funds.

The estate clocks more than 10,000 square feet of living space, spanning six bedrooms, six full baths and a fully finished basement. The Zimmerman-designed kitchen (plus pantry) and family room make stylish gathering spaces. The formal living and dining rooms are traditional and adjoin an enclosed sunporch. En-suite bedrooms take most of the additional two floors, along with several other offices. The basement features a media room, a workshop and a powder room.

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List: Most Overlooked Women in Architecture

Photo credit: Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates via BLOUIN ARTINFO.

Photo credit: Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates via BLOUIN ARTINFO.

ArchDaily recently republished its post written last year in honor of International Women’s Day listing the 10 most overlooked women in architecture history. Among those included on Nicky Rackard’s list is Philadelphia’s own Anne Tyng (the first female to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design) and Denise Scott Brown (who was a lot more than just Robert Venturi’s wife, though peers often saw her in that light).

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