560 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 | TREND images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
There are manors, and then there are manors.
This week’s Jawdropper of the Week features Holly Hill, an estate with a fascinating blend of history and modern design. Originally known as Fox Hill Farms, this property was commissioned by Fidelity Trust Company of Philadelphia President Rudolph Ellis in 1881 as his summer home and designed by architect Theophilus Chandler. While pared down to a manageable 5.247 acres from its original plot of 320 acres, this estate has not lost its grandeur by any means.
The exterior of this home is truly eye candy. The driveway begins at a stone gate house designed by noted Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre and winds around to a private, gated residence sitting amid impressive grounds that largely follow landscape architect Oglesby Paul’s 1914 plan. Even from a distance, the eye is drawn to the weathervane-topped turret, attention-grabbing red tile roof and the curved stone walls. Read more »
La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe
La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.
The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.
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526 Sproul Rd., Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach
If you’re one of those people who’s looking to live “the country life” but don’t want the remoteness that comes with it, we’ve got the perfect place for you.
This lovely stone home in Villanova dates to 1890, when it really was part of a working farm. Development now surrounds it. and it’s been completely updated with modern fixtures and features, but it’s still loaded with classic farmhouse charm.
The built-in shelves, wainscotting, crown moldings, hardwood floors, fireplaces and hidden cabinets you’ll find throughout this house are all original and lovingly maintained. Joining these details are newer details like French doors, skylights, recessed lighting, and modern bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Read more »
Keisha Parker at an event on the Main Line.
Before making someone the treasurer of your organization, here’s a tip: Do a background check. That is the lesson being learned by one suburban group that claims that its recent treasurer stole thousands of dollars from the coffer. Read more »
Vern Burling, Chris Linton, Dan Popernack
This summer, the Main Line town of Berwyn will have a special addition to their community—La Cabra Brewing—right across from the Berwyn train station.
Starting out as the town’s general store in the late 1800s, the building La Cabra resides in became several furniture stores, and then sat empty for a few years until partners Vern Burling, Andy Iott and Dan Popernack (also the head brewer) signed the lease on the historic building on 642 Lancaster Avenue.
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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 »
Caption: The entrance to Wynnewood’s Perelman Jewish Day School (via Google Maps).
Editor’s Note: This story originally ran with a photo of a different campus of the Perelman Jewish Day School.
One suburban Philadelphia Jewish school is on edge after a threatening call received on Tuesday, and police are keeping a close eye on the situation. Read more »
Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View
Chester County’s Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is the top school district in the country, according to a new ranking from Niche.com.
The ranking was based on district info obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, along with parents and student reviews, as well as other factors.
Here’s Niche’s rundown on the district:
“Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is centered in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania. It has 6,537 students attending 8 schools in grades K-12. According to state standards, 90% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $104,474,000, spending an average of $16,180 per student. There have been 215 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.” Read more »
The torn “Black Lives Matter” sign outside Wayne’s Central Baptist Church. Photo | Daniel Shimberg
No sooner had this month’s issue of Philadelphia hit newsstands with its cover story “Racial Profiling on the Main Line” than one of the institutions featured in the story was hit with what they say is an act of vandalism.
Central Baptist Church in Wayne, which had planted a “Black Lives Matter” banner on its front lawn and received a flood of hostile calls and vague threats in return, kept the banner in place despite the criticism. But last week, the banner was torn nearly in two.
“It was the weekend after the story appeared,” said Tom Beers, pastoral partner at Central Baptist along with Laurie Sweigard. “We’ve taped it back together and will replace it soon.” Read more »
Maido, the Japanese grocery market and restaurant in Ardmore is throwing down a Japanese curry challenge for this Saturday, November 28th. The curry festival pits homemade curries from customers against Maido’s house curry. Over a dozen pre-registered contestants have a shot at $350 in prizes. Maido will also be offering tastes of the dishes from the restaurant’s new expanded menu.
Japanese curry is very different from Indian curry and no two Japanese curries are the same.
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