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It’s got a pretty name, and, fortunately, it offers so much more than that too. Glenlaurel, a stone and slate home by Durham and Irvine, is one of those regal Main Line residences that’s not only situated on three-plus-acres of “meticulously landscaped grounds” with mature trees and a spring fed pond, but was constructed in the style of an English Norman manor to boot. Throw in a pool and lighted tennis court and you’ve got yourself an impressive home.
In addition to its five bedrooms, the home’s service quarters provide three extra bedrooms. Recent changes to the house include renovated baths, refaced Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry, and a finished lower level and covered rear terrace. A guest house / three-car garage has also been renovated and enlarged. It’s most visibly charming feature from the outside, however, must be the turret, which houses a turned staircase to the bedroom level where a master suite awaits.
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We’ll get to its interior details in a second, but first, we just gotta say: What a find!
Located near the Bridlewild Trails, this updated home dates back over 200 years–possibly even 300 years if some Gladwyne historian out there can help us out: the original structure was built in 1710, but it’s not certain if it was integrated into the home like the 1813, 1926, and 1956 additions. According to listing agent Carol Ogelsby, if the 18th-century former single-room tenant farmer house was preserved, it’s likely it is now the parlor. But again, take that with a grain of salt.
Speaking of the parlor, it has a grand staircase and working fireplace, one of six in the home (including the bedrooms). Ogelsby tells us five of these are gas fireplaces, while one is wood. Throughout the house you’ll be met with random-width wood floors, millwork, and deep-silled windows. A corridor room with French doors leads out to a glassed-in porch and right off the dining room is a beamed china room that’s used as a breakfast room to the modernized kitchen, which is said to once been a summer kitchen.
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TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr
He likes sophisticated modern living, she prefers homey spaces with a touch of the historical. Where and how will they ever find a home that suits both tastes? More importantly, wouldn’t a house like that elicit more than its fair share of eyebrow raises (and not in a good way)?
If you answered yes to the latter question, this house may change your mind. Ardwyn, a 70-year-old structure built in the French Norman style, is situated on three-plus acres of Main Line land and is a perfect blend of the above described tastes. The home owes its unique design to Castlecomb Projects who artfully balanced it out with “bold, impeccably selected and masterfully crafted” finishes. Stone and brick make up the building, which offers a spiral staircase turret, soaring ceilings, exquisite detailing, and a chic kitchen that looks like it was taken out of the pages of HGTV Magazine. To boot, there’s an upper level room with windows looking out to the great room, as well as an adjacent interior balcony.
You just have to see the gallery!
All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill
Update (2:36 p.m.): It seems to be a basketball-themed day here at Property, where in addition to reporting that AI’s former mansion sold, a savvy reader left a comment below pointing out that this Main Line home is the former residence of former Sixer John Salmons!
It has the typically high-end hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, and high ceilings one comes to expect in Gladwyne homes, but this particular property boasts an extra feature we rarely hear see: a working elevator that stops on each of the four floors.
In-home theater, gym, sauna, spa, and a second kitchen on the lower level are also in the home, but our choice amenity (aside from the elevator) is the toasty-sounding master suite bathroom, which comes with heated floors!
Halkett millwork can be found in the first level library, while the main kitchen includes a wall stove, Clive Christian custom cabinetry, and a walk-in pantry. Additionally, the gallery shows a room with–do our eyes deceive us?–what appears to be a barber’s chair.
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The interior of Gladwyne Methodist Church, soon to be converted to residential space.
Main Line reBUILD has secured approval from Lower Merion Township—in a unanimous 12-0 vote—to move forward with the development of 310-324 Righters Mill Road. The hearing officers were impressed by the company’s ability to balance preservationist concerns with contemporary neighborhood priorities, including parking and the maintenance of the old structures. They even quoted John Keats when referring to reBUILD’s plans, and for a company specializing in adaptive reuse, you can’t do better than that.
The project includes the conversion of the circa-1842 Gladwyne Methodist Church, the church parsonage and the adjacent Odd Fellows Hall into rather luxurious residential space. To wit:
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We wrote about this stone manor home, which once belonged to an underwater photography pioneer, when it was originally listed for a little over $8.4 million. The property has since undergone some price cuts, all of which add up to a significant reduction of $2,999,001.
The main house consists of formal living and dining rooms, wood-paneled library, solarium with French doors, which lead out to a stone terrace, and family room with fireplace and coffered ceiling. All five bedrooms have en-suite baths.
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The former United Methodist Church of Narberth is just one of a few church buildings slated for residential conversion. Photo credit: Laura Kicey
Over the years, Main Line reBuild, a development partnership consisting of developers Mac Brand, Tom Harvey, and Scott Brehman, has established itself as a stalwart of preservation, “flipping” neighborhood landmarks without compromising their historical integrity.
Among said conversion projects are the former United Methodist Church of Narberth (soon to be condo apartments with lower-level parking), the First Baptist Church of Ardmore (a plan still in the works, but which may include “elevator-capable condo units,” Philly.com reports), and now, the Gladwyne Methodist Church and Odd Fellows Hall.
Aiding the preservation and conversion of the two latter properties is a recent zoning code amendment, which the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison says allows for the residential conversion of these buildings with “provisions for historic preservation.”
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It’s only by accidentally turning down a secluded road that you would find this property so make sure to have the directions right if you decide to visit the open house this Sunday (more info, below). The home is situated on 3+ acres of verdant flora, which is gorgeous of course, but its the house itself that earns the title of jewel.
The home is designed with a lower level garden room and light-generous windows, something which the breakfast area benefits from thanks to a large picture window overlooking the grounds, stream, and surrounding trees. In the kitchen you’ll find Miele appliances, a double oven and built-in wine refrigerator. It’s also been updated with granite countertops, an island with pendant lighting, and European-style cabinetry. Read more »
TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach Bryn Mawr
Eric Blumenfeld, owner of Philadelphia’s most well-known blighted gem, has put his Gladwyne home on the market. Blumenfeld, who long blamed funding issues for not getting his plans for the Divine Lorraine off the ground, has recently been in the news after striking a deal with New Jersey real estate lender Bill Procida. The investment will make the rehabilitation of the building possible (fingers crossed).
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Side view of 1400 Mills Creek Road via Google Street View.
In 2003, developer O’Neill Properties Group bought a two-building property at 1400 Mills Road called Barker Mill. Their intention was to transform the site into luxury condos, while planning a third building to complete the set. Sadly, as tends to be the case in renovation and revitalization projects, things did not going according to plan.
Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times reports the development went up for auction in 2012 after a suffering economy and condo market hampered plans. The site, which is included in the the National Register of Historic Places Mill Creek Historic District, has been vacant for years and is now the second item on the Lower Merion Conservancy’s 2014 Preservation WatchList.
According to the Conservancy’s website, the mill served as a gun manufactory between 1807 and 1865, and made rifles used in the War of 1812. It later switched to producing carpet yarn after coming under the ownership of William Booth and Thomas Barker, a fact which Rutgers University professor Richard Demirjian cites as an example of the country’s early struggles toward “greater economic independence.”
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