Main Line Monday: Historic $1.6 Million Residence by William Lightfoot Price

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

First, there was the beautiful Schoenhaus Estate, a property originally owned by William Penn before passing down to an Arts and Crafts Movement community headed by architect William Lightfoot Price who rehabilitated its historic buildings. Then, we told you about the restored, castle-like Lower Merion manse Price designed in the late 1800s.

And now? Well, now we’re going to introduce you to another one of his fine works.

Price, a would-be “giant” in the world of architecture were it not for his untimely death at age 55, teamed up his brother to start own firm early in his career. One of their first commissions was with real estate developers Wendell & Smith who tapped them for several projects, among them Overbrook Farms and various residential developments in St. Davids and Wayne. This home in South Wayne came about from such a partnership.

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Main Line Monday: $4.7 Million Newtown Square Estate with Historic Roots

Images via Zillow.com

Images via Zillow.com

It’s a property with just a touch of the historic, but you wouldn’t notice what with all the work its had.  The main house, for example, is a newer construction with hardwood flooring, a slew of formal rooms, gourmet kitchen, and a great room with access to stone patio dining spaces. Outside, the residence has a tennis court and more than twelve acres of Delaware County land.

Before all this, however, the Harrison Estates was the site of several 18th-century structures. One that continues to stand is the historic Iddings House, which, according to an Inquirer article from April 1999, once belonged to Richard and Margaret Iddings, grandparents of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Anthony Wayne. Today, the Iddings House has been renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is the guest home of this property.

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Farmhouse Friday: Old Delco Ruin Gets Restoration of a Lifetime

TREND images via Keller Williams-The Wayne Megill Team

TREND images via Keller Williams-The Wayne Megill Team

With the way things stood, this Delaware County home, built circa 1717, seemed destined to never see 2015. Who would have thought, then, that it would? Moreover, who could have imagined the 18th-century construction, a crumbling ghost of its former self pining away on a vast woodland space, would be in the shape it’s in now? One of its owners told us its story.

In an email, Chad Groves, co-head of luxury furniture and design store Studio 882 with his wife, Katie, recalls the dilapidated property began to see significant restoration and renovation work under the hand of “a gentleman” who acquired it in 2005. The project lasted close to five years, as Groves says that when he and Katie stumbled upon it in 2010, the restoration was nearly complete. “We bought the property and finished what needed to be done and completely overhauled the yard (it was a forest),” he writes.

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2SP Brewing Is Open and Operational

2sp-delco-tasting-room-940We’ve been following the creation of 2SP Brewing since its announcement in January. Former Iron Hill Media brewer Bob Barrar is the man in charge of brewing at the Delaware County brewery. Barrar has won 19 Great American Beer Festival medals and another 10 World Beer Cup medals while at Iron Hill. Barrar is joined by Two Stones Pub owners Michael Stiglitz and Ben Muse

Now the Aston, PA brewery (120 Concord Road) is ready to go. Tonight through Thursday, August 6th, from 4 to 7 p.m., 8 beers will be pouring during a series of celebratory happy hours.

After Thursday, 2SP Brewery will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 to 8 p.m. on weekends.
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Delco Comes to Comedy Central

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Delco Proper premieres online Monday as a web series with potential to be picked up by Comedy Central on television, and its Philly-based creators say it’s a humorous homage to the local area.

Tim Butterly, John McKeever and Tommy Pope — each successful comedians who are part of Deer Prom comedy troupe — said they’d been pitching executives at the network various concepts for a comedy series but couldn’t settle one until earlier this year.

“We thought, ‘Every time we hear about somebody making it big it’s because they’re writing what they know,'” says McKeever, who grew up in Northeast Philly. “Instead of pitching a show, we pitched a world with characters based where we grew up in our hometown. And Comedy Central said, ‘We love it.'”

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Massive Office Property Adjacent to PHL to Be Part of Expansion?

400x347 International Plaza Tinicum Township in Delaware County

Image via Amerimar Enterprises website

There’s no official mention of this being part of the big expansion project slated for the Philadelphia International Airport (Automated. People. Mover. Enough said!), but it has piqued our interest as there’s the possibility that it might be.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni, a bill that would pave the way for the city to buy the International Plaza property adjacent to the airport has been introduced to City Council. Extra space means extra new airport stuff, right?

Looks like it. Kostelni has this to say about the potential nature of the relationship between PHL and its 27-acre neighbor, an Amerimar Enterprises-owned tract consisting of a two-building office complex with a breezeway and parking:

It is assumed the property would go toward the eventual expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport has eyed the property for years for possible runway expansion or even for cargo operations.

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Farmhouse Friday: Watch Your Step, There’s a Dug Well In the Family Room!

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rosemont

Sugartree Farm is the name and offering 10-plus acres, three outbuildings, and a slew of cozy home charms is its game. The property also has a conservation easement, courtesy of the current owners, which it got following several renovations, including one by noted builder John Diament who’s responsible for these gems. The coolest part of this Delco house though? Probably the family room, which has an old cooking fireplace and glass-covered dug well.

A modern cherry wood kitchen, living and dining rooms with fireplaces, and a grand center hall are some of the features you’ll find on the first level, along with a master suite addition that has a private entrance off the the living room. The original master bedroom can be found on the second floor. Home details include paneled wood doors, hardwood floors, and decorated paneling. Outside, the fieldstone Colonial main house enjoys an in-ground pool surrounded by a brick patio and a two-car garage with a two-bedroom caretaker’s apartment above it (comes with a deck to boot!). Adding to the property is a 1929 barn with eight stalls, antique cast iron stall fronts and door latches, tack room, and an office.

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Better Runways, Automated People Mover Officially Coming to PHL Airport

Alright, just hold your horses for a minute. Action News may be psyched about the “long-awaited multi-billion-dollar expansion project” in store for the Philadelphia International Airport, but the truth is the agreement was made in principal a year ago. In fact, today’s ceremony was simply a formal signing that allows some of the on-hold projects within PHL’s Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) to happen.

So what will the CEP do? Here’s how the press release describes it:

The CEP is a comprehensive program to modernize Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) over the next 12-15 years. It is an investment in airfield, terminal and cargo projects and will improve operational efficiencies, enhance customer experiences and increase the region’s global connectivity at one of the nation’s busiest airports.

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Main Line Monday: Custom-Crafted Radnor Manse with Tiered Movie Room

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Set on a single acre property near Radnor Township, this Semerjian Builders-crafted home is marked with several notable features, the first of which we must mention is the two-story center hall. It’s a gorgeous room, boasting a wood barrel coffer ceiling, Herringbone floors made of Brazilian Cherry wood and an inlayed floor medallion.

And that’s only the beginning. As the listing notes, the impressive European manor-inspired residence offers over 10,000 square feet of space and has a whole-house sound system. “Intricate” crown moldings and ceiling medallions are throughout, while high-end light fixtures are at every turn. Entertainment amenities can be found both indoors and outdoors, the latter consisting of the nearby Radnor Township Walking Trail and downtown Wayne.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Mid-Century Vision By Irwin Stein For $599,000

Photo by Laura Kicey

Photo by Laura Kicey

“There are only two other homes with this distinctive roof line. Stein also favored built-in cove lighting, low-rise open staircases and built-in sofas,” writes Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher, owner of this amazing home in Wallingford, Delaware County.

And she would know wouldn’t she? Because aside from being the owner, Tilkens-Fisher is the founder of At Home Modern, a mid-century consulting business. And the Stein she’s referring to? None other than Irwin Stein, the modern architect with ties to Oscar Stonorov and Frank Weise, and who was “less a single-minded titan like Louis Kahn and more a flexible but visionary pragmatist who got things done,” according to Liz Spikol.

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