Pennsylvania’s Most Endangered Properties

wynnewood bank former public federal savings bank building featured image

Photo courtesy of Christian Busch.

Each year, Preservation PA puts out “Pennsylvania At Risk,” a statewide report identifying a handful of properties threatened by “demolition, significant deterioration, vandalism, inappropriate alteration, and/or loss of historic setting demolition.” The recently released 2013 list includes the Blue Horizon (not a big surprise) and a midcentury building in Montco.

Once a Public Federal Savings Bank, the latter’s modern architecture might have deemed it innovative in its heyday. But its attractive, clean-cut style has since become ubiquitous and is more often than not missed by passersby, or discounted from being a historic building.

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Main Line Monday: Onetime “Undercover Boss” Puts Gladwyne Manse on the Market


Former Synagro CEO Bill Massa had his 15 minutes of fame in 2011 when he was featured on the CBS show Undercover Boss. The premise of the show is that high-level executives take jobs as low-level employees within their own companies in order to get an unvarnished view of the issues their out-of-the-exectutive-suite employees have to deal with.

Massa probably had the most un-whitewashed experience among all the executives who have appeared on Undercover Boss — Synagra is in the waste management business. During the 43-minute program, which AOL Jobs described as “the oohiest, gooiest, grossest, most disgusting Undercover Boss ever,” Massa sampled sludge in a waste-water treatment plant, worked with a bulldozer operator who was cleaning out waste materials from a lagoon, converted waste to pellets, and hosed down a sludge tank.

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SOLD: Unique Japanese-Inspired Home in Villanova Fetches $1.5 Million

asian main line house

This four-bedroom home extends its Japanese design aesthetic from facade to landscaping to 6,300-square-foot interior. With wood and rice paper room dividers and jade-colored floor tiles, among other design notes, it’s remarkably consistent in its Asian approach.

The home includes large open spaces and a vaulted ceiling; a sunroom; multiple access points to the verandas; a private terrace for the master suite; a pool; gardens; and walkways. It all sits on almost three acres.

The home was originally listed for $2.5 million in 2012, but recently sold for a little more than $1.5 million. Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: A Rise in Lower Merion Crime

Surely even the most brazen burglar wouldn't dare to steal from Woodmont.

Surely even the most brazen burglar wouldn’t dare to steal from Woodmont.

Perhaps the only good to come out of these freezing days is that burglars feel it too. That’s what police superintendent Michael J. McGrath surmises given that the upswing in Lower Merion break-ins took place in July last year.

It’s the third consecutive year, according to statistics made public by Lower Merion police, to see a rise in burglaries in that area. Break-ins typically occurred during daytime hours and police believe they’re the result of drug prices going up.

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Main Line Monday: Ornate, Extravagant Monk Road Estate

If the $24.5 million price tag for Linden Hill at 1543 Monk Road is just a tad above your price range, fret not. Berkshire Hathaway is listing another house on the same street. This one’s at 1410 Monk Road, a mere 285 feet from the estate formerly owned by Campbell Soup mogul Jack Dorrance.

The eight-bedroom home on two acres is a sprawling 14,500 square feet with nine full baths and three powder rooms. Downstairs (please don’t call it the basement) you’ll find a bar, a billiard room, a family room, cardio and weight rooms, and a home theater.

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Read Ed Rendell’s Favorite 5th Grade Essay of the Year

This year, the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia University, (who knew?) asked a bunch of fifth-grade classes in the areaBet to answer this question in essay form: Should the requirement that the president of the United States be a natural-born citizen be changed?* Rendell (along with some other judges, including his ex-wife Midge, a real judge) picked the winner from Merion Elementary School. Here it is:

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Viking Pastries in Ardmore Gets TV Makeover

viking pastries before

Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.

Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]

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