Chestnut Hill Firehouse Deemed Historic, New One on the Way

The firehouse is now on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places | via Google Street View

The firehouse is now on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places | via Google Street View

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has decided to historically designate Engine 37 at 101 W. Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill. The implications of the unanimous vote are actually two-fold, reports Jana Shea of Newsworks.

First and foremost, the facade of oldest active fire house in the city will remain intact. The station dates back to 1894 and was designed by John T. Windrim, whose work also includes the Franklin Institute (among others). Secondly, even with its historic, yet antiquated, charm (i.e. narrow garage doors), the facade will remain as-is and that means Chestnut Hill will be getting a new station fit for the modern needs of fighting fire in its place. Here’s more from Shea on what looks like a major win-win for all parties involved:

Where the future station might be located has yet to be settled, but the [Chestnut Hill Fire House Coalition] believes building a new state-of-the-art facility on an empty lot next to the fire house is the most viable option available … [Coalition member Patricia] Cove says the hope is to keep the existing fire house in use as separate sleeping quarters, kitchen and dining area, plus equipment storage for Engine 37 firefighters.

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Treat Your Pooch to the Dog Days of Summer Festival in Chestnut Hill

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Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Philadelphia

Our canine companions have shed their winter coats and are so eager to get out; they may just paw down the front door. Take them to the Dog Days of Summer festival! Chestnut Hill celebrates mans’ best friend with a day-long event that offers an abundance of activities catered to dogs and dog lovers, alike.

Look forward to caricaturists, music, and a photo booth. If the pooch just can’t seem to get that whole, “sit, stay, and roll over,” bit, professional instructors will be on-hand to help him figure it out. Once Sparky tires of obedience training, take him over to the pet psychic booth to get his paw read. Then head to one of the Chestnut Hill restaurants for “Yappy Hour” specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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This Lush Chestnut Hill Home Is a Delight

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

Love, love, love! Don’t know about you, but we think this one is sure to brighten up any dragging day with its marvelously colorful rooms, naturally charming back yard, and proximity to the lively eateries and boutiques on nearby Germantown Avenue. And did we mention a cute window seat? It has that too!

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Wagyu Tasting at Mica

mica-wagyuRunning from Wednesday, May 13th through Friday, May 15th, Chestnut Hill’s Mica is presenting wagyu beef three different ways, as part of a four-course, $49 menu. The well-marbled beef is being showcased raw, and as brisket and tri-tip cuts.

Take the dinner in from Mica’s new deck, just added for the warm weather.

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The Four Seasons House in Chestnut Hill Hits the Market at Over $3 Million

All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Photos: Devin Campbell via BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr

Philadelphia architect Arthur Brockie designed this neo-Georgian beauty in 1903 and the current owners have meticulously updated it to include all of the modern amenities you’d expect from a luxurious 11,000-square-foot plus estate. In case you’re wondering, Brockie had some serious chops and is responsible for the design of the historic Sedgeley Club on Kelly Drive, the perfect complement to its original (and iconic) lighthouse

The estate is known at the Four Seasons Home. Its style and grace has even made it the perfect site for a party or two over the years in Chestnut Hill (page 45). 

The gated entrance leads to the home that features a wonderful surrounding landscape. According to Lavinia Smerconish, listing agent with BHHS Fox & Roach–Bryn Mawr, that idyllic sight will never change, thanks to historic easements on the property to preserve the grounds as they were originally intended.  Head around back and you’ll find a lush entertaining lawn and an in-ground pool set just off terraced blue stone patio area. The home also includes a green house and a carriage house. To top it off, Read more »

Spotted in Chestnut Hill: Lush Property Designed by Clarence C. Zantzinger

All TREND images via Redfin.com

All TREND images via Redfin.com

Today we have KieranTimberlake, BLTa, Digsau, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. But back in the early 1900s there was Zantzinger, Borie & Medary for Philadelphia to call its own. Not only were they the architecture firm behind St. Andrew’s Collegiate Chapel at Spruce and 42nd (gorgeous, isn’t it?), but they also had a hand in designing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To boot, among their notable associates were one Louis Kahn and Dominique Berninger.

Now, while the group tended to go for commercial projects, there were a handful of residential developments they managed to squeeze out, the magnificent Rock Rose estate (or Edward K. Rowland House as some like to call it) being one of them. But with this gem of a home emerging out of the wood work as a Clarence C. Zantzinger design, we thought it apt to include it on our ZB&M appreciation train. Here’s what it brings to the table:

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City House of the Week: A “Chef’s Nirvana” in Chestnut Hill

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Images by TREND via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

The kitchen is really the room in a home. Not only are comforting meals (and intoxicating smells) crafted within its confines, but it’s a place where you hang out, keep traditions, share stories–you know, family stuff. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it in magazine-worthy style. Read more »

Reduced (Again): Will Someone Please Buy Keewaydin Already?

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TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Chestnut Hill

Confession time: the jaw dropping Keewaydin ballroom house on Mermaid Lane? Yeah, I’m totally in love with it. Until now, aside from the Gothic dining hall and master bedroom, the rest of the interior has pretty much gone unnoticed by me because–just look at the photo!

Though I shouldn’t say “unnoticed;” more just “never really paid much attention to it” because, while stunning enough, the latter rooms were always my favorite. Now though, $30k has been knocked off the house price and that’s news– but what more could I say about it?

I’ll tell you what I’ll say: Someone needs to buy it already.

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Meat Week at Mica Means a Heritage Pork Tasting Menu

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For some, the beginning of spring conjures up images of blooming flowers and buzzing bees. At Foobooz, the beginning of spring means Meat Week.

Mica is celebrating Meat Week with a special Heritage Pork Tasting Menu from March 18th-20th. The meal begins with a Red Wine Cured Pork Jowl with Honey Crisp Apple, followed by Pork Belly in a Celery and Sesame Broth with Shitake Mushrooms and Udon Noodles. The next course is a Pork Loin served with Pickled Beets, Horseradish and Dill, and finally the meal will end with ginger creme brûlée topped with lemongrass sugar.

The meal is $45 a person (not including tax and gratuity). You can make reservations here.

Mica [Foobooz]

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