It’s been a little while since we last heard any significant news regarding the proposed Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Education Center in Doylestown, a.k.a. the former home of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. (The hills are alive with the sound of music… Yep. He penned that one among many others.) Now, though, things look to be ramping up as the June zoning board hearing that will conclude the project’s first major hurdle to realization inches closer. The latest on the Hammerstein Center plan is that there’s a zoning hearing about it tonight that could serve to show us what to expect from the June 15th decision.
Despite the hiccup from January and an inconclusive zoning board meeting in April, tonight’s hearing is expected to include final arguments from the attorneys representing those spearheading the project and those against it. WFMZ’s Randy Kraft reports the $20 million project can only go forward if it gets “a special exception and five variances from the zoning board.” Should the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearings Board conclude in favor of Will Hammerstein, Oscar’s grandson, and his supporters, Kraft says the next step would involve submitting land development plans for review and approval by township supervisors.
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All photos by Juan Vidal
Well that does it, we’ve seen it all now.
To speak the truth, we can’t believe it didn’t come to our attention before when we first wrote about Twin Silo Farm. Sure, it has a full-scale hedge maze, two-acre pond with a fountain, and a “resort-like” pool and spa–but a llama house? And not just your average run-of-the-mill llama barn, but one designed in the style of Polish country homes. How do we respond to this? More importantly, how do we respond to this: “[it] is now a gorgeous home to the beautiful white swans.” Oh, swans now? Next it will be geeps.
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Smith & Scott’s Doylestown location. | Image via Smith & Scott.
Clear your schedule: Smith + Scott is having an anniversary sale today only. The womenswear boutique has two locations, Doylestown and Lambertville, and everything in both stores is 20 percent off until the end of the day today. Also on tap: free drinks and raffles while you’re shopping, plus free gift-wrapping.
The Lambertville location is open until 6pm; the Doylestown shop is staying open late for an anniversary party from 5pm to 9pm.
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Station Tap House in Doylestown is opening tonight at 5 pm. The new pub and restaurant replaces The Freight House at 194 West Ashland Street.
The tap house offers over 150 beers by the bottle and over 35 craft and domestic beers on tap. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 1 am and serve brunch on Sundays beginning at 10 am.
The menu suggests beer pairings with each of the items, such as a pale ale to complement their Buffalo Shrimp and a stout to go with their BBQ Pork Sliders.
The restaurant is from the same owners of the Jamison Pour House on York Road and have no affiliation with Station Taproom in Downingtown.
You can check out this video to see the inside of the place.
Station Tap House [Official]
Photos by Juan Vidal via Caryn Black/Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Somehow, someway, they managed to do it: a homestead dating back to 1698 (it was part of William Penn’s land tract) has been restored and updated, and now boasts a wonderfully appealing home interior and equestrian ranch. The name? Groth Hill Farm.
According to the listing, the property sits on 26 acres and is a registered riding academy with 19 stalls, a full size outdoor arena with lighting, 11 fenced paddocks, additional pastures, and the potential for woodland trails. Stone ruins are strewn on the premises, which also comes with a two-story stone springhouse and a 19th century English bank barn that’s recently had its stone walls reappointed and new doors installed.
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All images by TREND via Long and Foster
Have you ever wanted your very own mountain lodge while not really having to deal with all that comes with living on a secluded drive far from humanity? Look no further than this incredible home just outside of Doylestown.
Done in the Arts & Crafts style, it’s a craftsman’s dream with all kinds of custom wood attributes. The framing you’re no-doubtedly gawking at is kiln-dried and custom cut with Mahogany beam work. The wood ceilings are tongue and groove pine. There’s also Carlisle wide plank hardwood floor, Hickory hand oil-rubbed floors and the beautiful Birdseye Maple, which is found prominently in the staircase.
We haven’t even gotten to the kitchen, which features inset cherry cabinets and a solid raised counter made from a single cut of a Bubinga tree from South Africa. Oh, it also happens to have high-end appliances from the like of Bosch and Miele.
Don’t miss this must-see gallery!
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It’s better known as the Maplewood Farm Bed & Breakfast these days, but this lush 5-plus-acre Pipersville property has been around for over a century. The main floor, for instance, was constructed in 1792; while the second level was added in 1826. And if the photos are any indication of what the home is actually like in person now, it seems to have taken on that charming air historical buildings tend to acquire over time.
Character-defining features include wood-burning stove, built-in cupboards and bookcases in the main house, two-story bank barn with workshop and storage room, and a second barn with chicken coup and fenced-in pastures leading down to the Neshaminy Creek.
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TREND photo via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Last May, we showed you our top five favorite home libraries in the Greater Philadelphia Area. This Normandy-style, Zaveta-designed residence in Doylestown was one that made the list, and also struck my fancy for its exceptional reading nooks.
To begin, there’s the cozy-looking family room with a stone wrapped fireplace (a blanket and my tattered The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky Modern Library paperback would be here) and a connected granite-island kitchen with access to one of the two elevated decks (I’d have read the Nutter legacy piece over Sunday breakfast here for sure).
Next, there’s the master bedroom, complete with walk-in closet, additional built-in storage, and an en suite bathroom, which the the listing notes “captures the spirit of 20th century Art Deco design.” There’s also a courtyard right off this bedroom. (Two words: summer. reading.)
But I’ve saved the best for last…
Will Hammerstein, grandson of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II (he of The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and King and I fame), wants to convert his grandfather’s home in Bucks County into a museum with a 400-seat theatre called the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center. His plan also includes a parking lot that would be able to hold about “100 cars and several buses” for visitors looking to get a “classic Broadway fan experience,” according to Kathy Matheson at the Associated Press.
The property is, after all, steeped in musical history–what with Hammerstein having purchased it in 1940 and living there for twenty years. He penned many of his works there, most notably “The Sound of Music,” which was a collaboration with creative partner Richard Rodgers. Highland Farm, currently a bed & breakfast, also saw the likes of Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, West Side Story) walk through its doors as he was a friend of Hammerstein’s son.
Despite this, some residents aren’t cheering for the idea…
Photo via the Doylestown Inn
Grilled octopus confit, vegetable bibimbap, steamed skate, beer-battered string beans — what the heck is going on here? We’re not entirely sure, either. But that’s not to say the Hattery Stove & Still, the new restaurant/bar inside the Doylestown Inn is bad. The menu’s just a little confused. That octopus and those string beans were great, and we loved the $12 burger. But really, this is more a place to hang with friends over some drinks (the bar list is one of the suburbs’ better ones) and snacks like the fried olives and hot potato chips.
Hattery Stove & Still [Foobooz]
Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine