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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The first time I shopped at Clover Market, I bought a fantastic vintage fur capelet, an antique mirror, some fancy soaps and enough letterpress cards to send to everyone I know, and probably a few people I don’t know. My mom came with me and she bought larger furniture pieces that took up the trunk, the entire backseat and, if I’m honest, most of the front seat. The drive home was probably not legal. The last time I shopped at Clover, I scored a crazy pom-pom tassel for my bag. It’s very big and very noisy. I love it.
But what if I don’t like tassels?
This vast French Norman-style estate was built in 1929, later acquired by Eleanor Widener Dixon, and renovated by Horace Trumbauer. It has been on the market since 2011, on and off, but perhaps all its perks — five acres with flowering trees, a fountain, a tennis court, a pool; a three-bedroom carriage house and a one-bedroom cottage; a gaming parlor, bowling alley, ballroom, and conference space — seemed better suited to an institution than residential use.
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Photo by Samuel Markey
Each week, Mica does a mid-week tasting menu and this one grabbed our attention because it is all about lobster. The four-course lobster tasting is available today through Friday for $45 per person.
And this Sunday is also Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday promotion where shopping, strolling and brunching is on the agenda. Mica is one of about a dozen restaurants that participate. Check out Mica’s brunch menu here.
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Hugh McNally, inventor of the Schmitter sandwich, died of heart failure on September 11th. McNally was the owner of Chestnut Hill’s McNally’s Tavern for 42-years, taking over for his grandmother Rose, who opened the bar at the top of Germantown Avenue in 1921.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Mother of Consolation Church (9 East Chestnut Hill Avenue) on September 18th at 11 a.m. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Francis Church on Long Beach Island in New Jersey at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to St. Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown PA 19031.
Family remembers Hugh McNally, inventor of The Schmitter® sandwich [News Works]
Hugh J. McNally [Legacy.com]