Metropolitan Bakery which closed up after a fifteen year run on Germantown Avenue is opening today in the Market at the Fareway, behind the Chestnut Hill hotel.
Metropolitan’s breads, cookies, cannelle, cake and other confections will be available at the new location. Hours at the new Metro will mirror the market’s:
Thursdays and Fridays, 9-6
Metropolitan Bakery [Official]
This is the perfect day on which to muse about lush gardens on a verdant, three-acre “miniature” estate. Hollowood is a daydream of springtime spread over three 19th-century buildings tucked into a leafy hillside in Chestnut Hill.
A restored carriage house serves as the main residence at Hollowood, featuring three large bedrooms as well as three full baths. The guest house offers an additional bedroom with one full and one half bath as well as a soaring library with skylights and a kitchenette. The property also features a greenhouse studio with a reflecting pond and a wood stove. There are flagstone and brick terraces throughout the grounds.
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With 17,900 square feet spread over seven bedrooms, the French Norman Copperwood estate was never going to be an easy sell. But this Chestnut Hill property had everything going for it, starting with pedigree: It was owned by Eleanor Widener Dixon and renovated by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer.
And what about all the goodies inside? A false bookcase that leads to a speakeasy bar; a bowling alley; a gaming parlor; a ballroom with paneling from a King James Hunting Lodge; conference space; and a surfeit of wood detailing and molding you wouldn’t believe.
Outdoors, five acres of land offer flowering trees, a walled courtyard, a garden fountain, a tennis court, and a pool.
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Photo by Samuel Markey
In 2014, getting brunch at Mica is going to be a lot easier. in 2013, Mica participated in Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday food and shopping events but now the Germantown Avenue restaurant will be open every Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expect brunch standards like eggs benedict, fritattas and pancakes. For something different, check out the spaghetti carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, black pepper and topped with a fried egg.
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When David Mallery died in 2010, he was lauded for his 60-year career as a leader in independent schools, and as a mentor to generations of educators. But he was also described with a striking degree of feeling and tenderness in countless online tributes. An essay, “The Kindest Man I Ever Knew,” by teacher Chris Teare reads: “In almost 52 years on the planet, I have never met a kinder person. I suspect he will remain the kindest person I will ever know.”
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Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting built a new meetinghouse this year just steps away from the Quaker faith group’s old building. The new home was essential, says the Meeting’s Nikka Landau: There simply was no more room for the growing community, and the meetinghouse didn’t have sufficient facilities for families that needed to stay there during a time of transition. The new building, designed by architect James Bradberry, is clean and modern — and almost disconcertingly contemporary for a Quaker meetinghouse. But the lack of ornamentation — which keeps the building free of visual clutter — is absolutely consistent with the Quaker aesthetic.
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Photo of New Hope’s haunted Logan Inn by Laura Kicey
Halloween is just a day away and ‘scariest places’ lists have been appearing everywhere. The most mentioned site in the Philly area? Eastern State Penitentiary, course.
Although Eastern State has certainly earned the honor, we thought it best to bring lesser known, but just as equally spooky, ‘haunted’ locations to the foreground.
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Museums are having a moment in Philly right now. The Franklin Institute is getting a magical shimmer wall. Footage of a mystery driver careening down the stairs at the Art Museum is playing on a loop everywhere (it is also getting a rare Vermeer). Even the Mutter museum is getting more press than usual – a feat at Halloween – with a sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit.
Not to be outdone by its Center City peers, the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill has just named locally born (but New York-based) Matthew Baird as the architect who will develop a new master plan for the six-acre estate.Baird is known for serving as the project architect on the American Folk Museum and has won the usual AIA awards.
Chestnut7 in Chestnut Hill has closed after a little over two years in business. Chestnut7 is part of the Public House Investments group that includes City Tap House, Public House, Field House, Pennsylvania 6 and several other concepts from New York to Las Vegas. The group also closed Mission Grill at 19th and Arch in August. But the group is getting close to open a City Tap House in Washington D.C.
The most significant Mid Century Modern home on the Philadelphia market has just been reduced in asking price by $125,000. It is an iconic example of Kahn’s passion to bring the outside in and the inside out. It is also iconic of his residential work from this period (1959) in general, though as George Marcus and William Whitaker point out in their soon-to-be-published book The Houses of Louis Kahn, each home Kahn built was approached individually, conceived with the people who would ultimately reside there.
In this case, the house was built for one person, which is partly why it has had a hard time selling. But the Esherick House has what every real estate agent would kill for: an interior that finally merits that listings cliche “sun-drenched.”
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