A rendering of the new campus, which is now completed. Via AgnesIrwin.org.
Last week parents and interested stakeholders got a look at the new campus of Agnes Irwin, a private girls’ school in Rosemont, which has undergone a significant expansion with the addition of swank new facilities. Given that it’s so close to Villanova, which is planning its own expansion, we’re thinking the prep school could offer the university some tips because it clearly knows how to get things done.
The Campus Improvements Project is the culmination of a 10-year AIS master plan that involved philanthropic giving on a massive scale. Here’s what’s new (’Nova has some of this, but not all):
- 55,000-square-foot Athletic Center
- Competition-sized basketball court that converts to two full-sized practice courts
- Squash Center with four squash courts and viewing area
- Rowing Center with rowing tank
- Four new tennis courts
- Resurfaced competitive playing fields, including a turf field
- Field hockey practice field
- New softball field
- New Student Life Center with expanded dining facility
- Innovation Center for Digital Media and Technology
- Green roof (and other sustainable building elements)
- Weight room and workout center
Rendering of original planned campus expansion on Lancaster Avenue via Villanova.edu.
It’s been a NIMBY nightmare for Villanova. Like Drexel, Temple and Penn, Villanova has been pursuing its own plans for a renaissance to increase the quality of campus and student life. But the former three schools contend with less residential opposition than does Villanova, whose initial go at an expansion plan was rejected by Radnor [...]
It was quite a scandal: Two real estate agents who had their house on the market across the street from another house for sale were accused of trying to sabotage their neighbor’s sale by knocking down signs and dumping dead animals on her property. Both agents denied the charges and retained a lawyer to file a defamation suit.
Now they’ve put their house back on the market after a hiatus. It was first listed in April at 1.149 million. It was taken off the market in July, shortly after the scandal erupted. Now it’s being relisted by National Realty Old City LLC for $1.025 million.
Yes, it’s true: The name of this property as listed (Woodstock II — The Barn) sounds like the second installment of a new documentary about the Woodstock Festival, only this one focusing on what the barn animals were doing when Jimi Hendrix played the Star Spangled Banner. For better or worse, it has nothing to do with the festival; in fact, its historical origins go back much further–to 1805.
The original Woodstock in Radnor Township was a fieldstone farmhouse erected in 1776 by the well-known Hunter family. According to the Bulletin of the Radnor Historical Society from 1958, Woodstock took its name from “the forest of white oaks, tulip poplars, black walnuts, black locusts, ash and black oaks, buttonwoods and maples, which adorned it, more profusely then but even now…”
Later, on the same land, three more properties would be built–one of which was Woodstock II — The Barn.
The Bulletin says:
In 1957 there weren’t many Orthodox Jews in Lower Merion. There weren’t many Jews at all. The synagogues Har Zion, now in Penn Valley, and Beth David, now in Gladwyne were going strong, but they were still in Wynnefield. Main Line Reform was holding services in a big old house in Wynnewood. Adath Israel had already moved to its current location on Old Lancaster Road, in Merion, but construction on its big domed sanctuary did not start until the following year.
Also in 1957, Lower Merion Synagogue (LMS) moved to its current location, also on Old Lancaster Road directly across the street from Adath Israel. In 1957 LMS was the only Orthodox synagogue in the township. Its “monopoly” lasted for close to 40 years.
Screenshot from J. Crew Factory website.
First Madewell–J. Crew’s sister store–chose Walnut Street for its newest location. And now J. Crew Factory–the store’s outlet–comes to the ’burbs.
The commercial real estate group PREIT has announced that the Factory will open at the Plaza Shops at Plymouth Meeting Mall in the fall. Imagine: 6,000 square feet of J. Crew–but less expensive.
The patterns in this French Chateau will knock your socks off. The formal spaces in the enormous, 10,000 square-foot-plus estate are covered in interchanging stripes, florals, paisleys, checks and toile. You might say the right rugs are really what pull the space together.
More amazing than the eye that can combine so many patterns so well is that the downstairs level at the estate has been converted into an independently decorated space dedicated to drinking, playing video games and working out. The wet bar and arcade-style gym are clearly the where the owners get to let their hair down.
You might think the most amazing feature of a house where the bathrooms outnumber the six bedrooms might be the spaciousness. But you’d be wrong because then you’d be ignoring the Eden-like gardens. Sure, this sprawling estate is named Le Cadeau (“the gift,” in French) and also features a beautiful pool and a hot tub as well as three fireplaces.
Yes, you’ll find room after room of handsomely appointed living space. And of course it was all designed by renowned architect Fred Bissinger. But the gardens are positively jaw-dropping at this Villanova mansion. As in, they recall Jane Austen and Downton Abbey and make you want to immediately take romantic strolls around your manicured grounds. Again: Eden-like.
Parts of the Main Line land known as Ardrossan are close to getting a new owner–one that would likely preserve its current character and open space. Radnor Township is said to be “near a deal to buy part of the property,” specifically Wheeler Field and a 22-acre stretch at Newtown and Darby-Paoli roads, reports the Main Line Times.
Potential development plans as sketched out by heir Edward Scott III have caused strife in the township and concerns about multiple new dwellings and the new residents those dwellings would attract. The drama has been covered internationally, from the UK to the Huffington Post, which featured a slideshow of a house that is not, in fact, part of the drama. Oh well.
It doesn’t happen too often with incredible luxury properties in our area, but this 9,000-square-foot five-bedroom will now be offered at foreclosure auction due to an outstanding balance of about $2 million. It sits on more than 3 acres of gated land on a private road and features a pool and spa with wrap-around deck; a fitted-out pub; a media room; and a fireplace in the master bedroom.