As if Temple, Drexel and Penn weren’t busy enough, La Salle University has now announced its own big, new building: a 78,000-square-foot business school at Chew and Wister on its Germantown campus. The Inquirer calls the $35 million project La Salle’s contender “in what has become an arms race for the newest and best on Philadelphia campuses.”
This beautifully proportioned home designed by architect Mantle Fielding in 1894 was bought by its current owners in 2008. As you can see, it’s still very much a work in progress, but with contours like these, it’s hard to go wrong.
Gallery to follow.
According to the American Architects and Buildings database, the architects of this home, Edward P. Hazlehurst, a Frank Furness colleague, and Samuel Huckel Jr., opened an architecture firm in 1881. Together they went on to design a number of notable buildings in this area: Rosemont College’s Sinnott residence; the Church of the Messiah at Broad and Montgomery; the Manufacturers Club at Broad and Walnut; and several buildings commissioned by the city.
The two men parted ways in 1900, when Huckel, alone, got an offer he couldn’t refuse: to remodel Grand Central Station. The database biography says, “Although Huckel would soon return to Philadelphia, the partners did not reconstitute their office; and Huckel went on to establish a new partnership with church architect Frank R. Watson (Watson & Huckel) while Hazlehurst worked independently.”
Hmm. Bad blood there? Jealousy?
For the rest of the gallery of the Oaks Cloister, built in 1900 by Joseph Miller Huston, see below.
“Once again, Woodmere introduces a Harry Potter themed straw maze to its front yard. Open from September 20-November 3rd, 2013.” Here’s the schedule of events for the maze, at the art museum’s Germantown locale.
The Tulpehocken Station Historic District in Germantown is only about six square blocks, but it is bursting with architectural gems like this Gothic Victorian better known as the Joseph Mitchell House.
From the exterior, which boasts lovely stonework, gingerbread trim and bracketing and Queen Anne mullioned windows, it is easy to tell how the district was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. On the interior, the drama of this home begins at the cathedral-esque doorway and builds through each of the five bedrooms to a crescendo in marbled baths. The lovely grounds and garden make for a nice denoument.
Property contributor Virginia C. McGuire wrote about a truly exquisite Germantown Victorian that Nicole Juday and her husband watched slide into disrepair from their house across the street. When they finally decided to buy it–more to save the neighborhood than the house, Juday told McGuire–it was one of those classic 19th-century Philly deals: seven bedrooms for $125,000. But the couple had to work for it: The renovations and fixes were endless (“I think the house was possibly condemnable,” said Juday) and she did a lot of salvage work with the furniture and structural elements like a chimney.
Jim Bear, the founder and station manager of Gtown Radio, “The Sound from Germantown,” was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Internet radio. In the nascent technology he saw a chance to experiment with music much as AM radio disc jockeys did in the early 1960s and FM stations did in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He also saw it as a way to keep the Germantown community informed and connected after its main news source, the Germantown Courier, folded in the wake of the Journal Register Company’s 2009 bankruptcy.
Online since 2008, the station has remained true to its founding vision: More than 20 original programs offer music mixes you won’t hear anywhere on the dial and talk shows that offer knowledgeable advice and interviews on topics ranging from law to money to cool geek stuff to the future of urban communities and beyond. And yes, there’s news, sports and commentary for and about Germantown and environs, along with a show that gives Northwest Philly residents a chance to share what’s on their minds.
But there’s a hitch: The station has found an audience, but not enough of it’s in Germantown.
You may remember that I was inadvertently running a wildlife park in my Germantown home earlier this year. At the time, I was still holding out hope that the first wildlife company I hired would manage to trap the raccoons living in the walls of my house. I wanted it to work out, because the dude they sent was so sweet, and because they were cheaper than any of the other companies I found. But after several attempts to trap the raccoons, the company basically shrugged and walked away.
I talked to the owner of the attached twin again. We agreed that his handyman would come out at night, when the raccoons were marauding somewhere outside the house, and close up the chimney we thought the raccoons were using to enter the house. But the handyman understandably kept postponing a project that would require him to climb out on the roof late at night. The tenants in the house next door weren’t complaining about nocturnal noises, so the landlord wasn’t very motivated to follow up. And since we were still hearing the animals at all hours of the night over on our side of the party wall, we were pretty sure the babies weren’t leaving the den yet. Closing up the chimney while the mother was outside might not be a good idea. We had a horror of accidentally shutting the babies up in the walls of our house.
Then it got worse.
Chickens are illegal in Philadelphia on parcels of land smaller than three acres. But as Philly Mag reported back in 2010, an urban chicken movement is gaining momentum in Philadelphia. It’s very possible that some of your neighbors are keeping a few discreet laying hens in the back yard. We spoke with a chicken owner in Germantown about her flock.
Meghan lives in West Germantown with her husband, two kids, a salt water fish tank, and a black labrador. She also has seven chickens living in a coop in her front yard.