Main Line Monday: Over-the-Top Opulence in Haverford

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

327 Grays Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

There are lots of fabulous mansions on the Main Line. We’ve featured several of them in this space. But we’ve run across very few of them that combine elegant details, loads of space for you and your stuff, and extraordinary features in the way this relatively modest (for its category) 1921 brick Colonial does.

But we shouldn’t have been so surprised to find all of this in this home. After all, it has a name: “Maxwellton.”

Sitting on an impeccably manicured 1.57-acre hillside lot in Haverford’s bosky northern reaches, this sumptuous mansion will astound you with its many fine features and details, the work of numerous architects and landscape designers who have upgraded this home over the last several years. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Touch of Class in Haverford

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred - Wayne

830 Buck Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 |TREND Images via Coldwell Banker Preferred – Wayne

Somewhere out there is a website that explains to the layman why McMansions are so hideous. The reasons why have to do with classic principles of traditional architectural design, such as balance, symmetry and proportionality.

Today’s builders would do well to study this week’s featured home as an example of how to build for the ages as well as the right now, for this 116-year-old Colonial Revival home near Haverford College both shows what a truly picturesque traditional home looks like and shows how you can keep a classic up to date with changing times and tastes.

In contrast to many Main Line Colonials, this home has an informal layout that made it easy to expand and adapt its interior space. The evolution of the home is more evident in the rear elevation, where one can see the additions that enlarged the size of one third-floor bedroom and added the sunny family room that’s attached to the updated kitchen. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Low-Maintenance Living in Haverford

100 Grays Lane #505, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

100 Grays Lane #505, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | TREND Images via RE/MAX Executive Realty

Say “Main Line” to a house-hunter, and quite likely, a certain image forms in their head. It probably looks like a center-hall Colonial or French Provincial-style home with wainscoting, crown moldings, patterned wallpaper, built-in bookcases, fireplaces, and lavish kitchens and bathrooms.

This week’s featured home has all that. But you can’t tell from looking at the outside. That’s because this roomy home in Haverford is a unit in a contemporary condominium building that was built in the 1970s and looks like it.

Inside, however, it’s traditional Main Line style through and through, only minus the center entrance hall and fireplaces.

Everything else is in place: Classic crown moldings in every room of the unit, plus chair rails in the living room, dining room and hallway. Built-in bookcases in the living room and den, and traditional cabinetry and fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms. Read more »

Main Line Monday: An Off-Center Hall Contemporary Colonial in Haverford

119 Green Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Long & Foster Real Estate

119 Green Lane, Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Long & Foster Real Estate (via TREND where indicated in photo)

The center-hall Colonial is the dominant house type in the upper reaches of the Main Line real estate market. You can probably describe its layout as well as we can: formal living room on the left, formal dining room on the right, kitchen behind the dining room, with maybe a butler’s pantry thrown in for good measure, and behind the living room, a library, den or study. Everything else aside from the upstairs bedrooms is an add-on.

We don’t know about you, but we like a little bit of variety every now and then. Which is why we were pleased to run across this contemporary Colonial in Haverford that’s just a bit off the beaten path.

This barely-two-year-old home in the Carriage Homes at Haverford Reserve development is a variant on the custom-built model home that was chosen as this mag’s 2008 Design Home, and the same care and creative flair that went into that house can be found here as well, starting with that informal Colonial layout. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Sprawling Fairway Estate in Haverford

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041

20 Dartmouth Ln., Haverford, Pa. 19041 | Images from Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Main Line Monday takes us to the famed Merion Golf Club this week, home of the 2013 U.S. Open. This Haverford house looks out on the first fairway of the club’s West Course and features a unique layout.

Many extravagant Main Line mansions choose to build up, having three or four stories and levels. This one chooses to build out, and around. The layout of the house sprawls around a backyard pool and patio, and although it has 8,000 square feet, it’s almost all on one level. The house is highlighted by the large windows that span much of that first level and that offer views of the pool and of the golf course from pretty much anywhere in the house. Read more »

Kids Are Mummifying Chickens at Main Line School

Students making chicken mummies. (Photo via Facebook)

Students making chicken mummies. (Photo via Facebook)

It will cost you $21,000 to send your fifth grader to the Haverford Friends School, but when you take into consideration the fact that she’ll be mummifying chickens, it seems a whole lot less outrageous. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Furness-Designed “Lynhurst” Going For $3.1 Million

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Gosh, what a time to be alive. Originally part of the historic Knollbrook estate, Lynhurst was a three-year construction built at the behest of attorney I. Layton Register who would go on to use it at his summer residence. Given that it was the late 1800s (the stone manse was completed in 1890), Register was able to have its designer be none other than now legendary Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Today, it’s listed for a cool $3.1 million.

As you’d imagine, the Main Line stunner is said to have retained its “impeccable architectural symmetry,” though it’s also in the way of offering a meticulously update interior, beginning with the kitchen, which has been recently renovated, along with the breakfast area. Here, built-in seating lends some charm to the pristine space, which comes with an ogee-edged center island and ample cabinetry.

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Will Philly-Area Schools Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees?

Last week, Lehigh University rescinded an honorary degree it had given to Bill Cosby in 1987. It decided to nix the honor because of the overwhelming number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. (Cosby has never been  criminally charged — though he currently faces several civil lawsuits —and has denied the accusations.)

“Pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Trustees, Lehigh University has rescinded the honorary degree bestowed upon William H. Cosby, Jr. by the University in 1987,” the University said in a statement. “In sworn deposition testimony, Mr. Cosby admitted under oath to behavior that is antithetical to the values of Lehigh University and inconsistent with the character and high standards that honorary degree recipients are expected to exemplify.”

Lehigh is not the only local university to have awarded Cosby an honorary degree. Seven other schools in the Philadelphia area — Delaware State, Drexel, Haverford, Swarthmore, Temple, Penn and West Chester — have awarded Cosby honorary diplomas. Philadelphia magazine reached out to all seven schools to ask if they were considering stripping him of his honorary diplomas. Here’s what we found out. Read more »

Main Line Monday: A Splendid Remnant of the Cheswold Estate

cheswold estate haverford

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Unique and historic, the Stewart Stable residence in Haverford has, through its very existence, preserved the spirit of its forerunner, the renowned Cheswold estate.  For one, it boasts a stunning façade made of Tudor board and stucco and crowned with Vermont red slate, all while situated on a lush acre complete with stream and pond.

Inside, the home’s first level boasts an open floor plan encompassing the living, dining, and family rooms and library; marble and oak floors; beamed ceilings and original arched carriage windows; and four gas fireplaces. The dwelling, recently renovated and vaunting a newly added family room, encloses a walled and gated courtyard.

But it’s been some time since we last featured the property hasn’t it? Given that and the fact that it’s got an interesting history, here’s a refresher for you:

  • The site originally housed Cheswold, an estate home parked on 54 acres belonging to Alexander J. Cassatt, seventh president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and brother to painter Mary Cassatt.
  • A.J. commissioned the notable Furness & Evans firm to make additions to the mansion, which at the time vaunted stained glass windows, a paneled walnut hall, and a growing collection of Read more »
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