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The Vanna Venturi House Is Going Up for Sale

Via Wikimedia

Via Wikimedia

Just a couple weeks ago we wrote with local pride about the Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill, designed by architect Robert Venturi for his mother. It is featured in a PBS docuseries called The 10 Buildings That Changed America along with enormous architectural knockouts like Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building in New York, Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in LA and Eero Saarinen’s Dulles International Airport.

Venturi’s more modest contribution, often called Mother House, was built between 1962 and 1964. The Hughes family–a Penn professor, an artist and their daughter–has owned the house since 1973. But according to Architectural Record, they have to sell the home as soon as they find an organization that will accept a preservation easement that was developed in concert with Venturi’s firm. The reasons are financial.

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Which Neighborhood Has the Most Deadbeat Landlords?

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Philly has 10 City Council districts, and according to data analysis by NewsWorks, one of them leads the rest in property tax delinquencies. But it’s not necessarily the one that you’d think.

The 8th District (above), like all Council districts, is oddly shaped and includes disparate neighborhoods–everywhere from 22nd and Allegheny to Stenton and Hillcrest avenues. Represented by Cindy Bass, the 8th owes $94,151,727–the most of any of the 10 districts.

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Chestnut Hill History Is Unleashed

Baleroy interior, from CHHS Online database.

Baleroy interior, from CHHS Online database.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society has put more than 11,000 of its photos online. As with PhillyHistory.org, they’re in a database that can be can searched with specific criteria. It’s more fun, however, to click on “Random Images,” which is what we did to come up with the above image, one of a collection of interiors of Baleroy, a grand mansion at 111 West Mermaid.

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Historical Treasure in Chestnut Hill

Spotlight Listing: Chestnut Hill One of the benefits of living in Chestnut Hill is the abundance of architecturally unique, historical homes. Among the gems is Cheston House, an 1890 residence named to honor one of Chestnut Hill Hosptital’s doctors. The owners preserved many of the home’s distinctive features—leaded windows, gabled dormers, arched opened—which give the [...]

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Stuck: Extravagant Chestnut Hill Estate With Speakeasy and Bowling Alley

Photo by Gary Schemp

Photo by Gary Schemp

What could the problem be? This estate has been on the market for years, despite offering so much. Built in 1929 in the French Norman style, the seven-bedroom Homewoods was once built for Eleanor Widener Dixon. It sits on five acres of land along with flowering trees, a garden fountain, a tennis court, a pool, a three-bedroom carriage house and a one-bedroom cottage attached to the main house.

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Living on the Edge (of the City) in Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill Living: An architectural stunner at 204 Sunrise Lane.

Chestnut Hill Living: An architectural stunner at 204 Sunrise Lane.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Chestnut Hill Living Chestnut Hill sits at the northwest corner of Philadelphia, a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that simply oozes charm. It once stood as the gateway between Philadelphia and the nearby farms, and believe it or not, some of the city’s elite kept summer homes here because it was a few degrees cooler than [...]

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George Howe Designed Home in Chestnut Hill

George Howe designed home for sale in Chestnut Hill.

George Howe designed home for sale in Chestnut Hill.

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: George Howe Designed Home Early 20th-century architect George Howe created the model for Philadelphia homes with his own residence High Hollow in Chestnut Hill. Similar features can be seen in this George Howe designed home, a 1919 stone manor house located nearby. This 7-bedroom home also incorporates the architecture philosophy “human necessity,” meaning [...]

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