Midday Headlines: Barker Mill Still Looking For A Buyer

Side view of 1400 Mills Creek Road via Google Street View.

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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Listed: Main Line Mansion With Multiple Lives

TREND photo via BHHS Fox&Roach Haverford Station.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox&Roach Haverford Station.

This Merion Station mansion is beautifully maintained and has an interesting pedigree for musical history enthusiasts: It once belonged to acclaimed concert pianist Josef Hoffman, who was the first director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

This home was also once the Buten Wedgwood Museum, which was run by a family that had amassed an incredible collection — the country’s largest — of the famous china.

Built in 1900, the home has wonderful period details. Look at the plethora of carved wood trim; the peg and groove hardwood floors; the hand-blown glass door panes adorned with musical notes; the “great hall” with paneled walls and marble fireplace; glass-fronted built-in cabinetry; the hand-smithed Samuel Yellin ironwork. And from whatever period it is: that bathroom! What a looker.

Enjoy the gallery.

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Andy Reid’s Main Line House Is for Sale

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

Andy Reid must be settling in as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he’s finally decided to sell his private Main Line home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Villanova. Built in 1999, the home has several standout details: two fireplaces, an office with built-in shelving, finished basement and third floor, and closets with storage systems. From a practical standpoint, the house has a generator and a heated driveway and front walkway, making snow removal a breeze.

A secluded back deck leads to lovely grounds — more than spacious enough for a game of touch football. Gallery below.

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Lawyers Defend Ex-Students Charged in ‘Main Line Takeover’ Drug Case

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Lawyers for two students accused of being ringleaders in “Main Line takeover” drug bust have released statements to ABC News about their clients.

Prosecutors accuse Timothy Brooks, 18, and Neil Scott, 25 — both graduates of the Haverford School — of running an elaborate drug ring that sold marijuana and other drugs at high schools and colleges on the Main Line. The alleged preppie drug dealers are accused of having “sub-dealers” sell for them at the high schools.

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Relisted: Larry Brown’s $5.9M Bryn Mawr Estate

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After a few months’ breather, former 76ers coach Larry Brown’s luxury estate is back on the market. The seven-bedroom, 11,000-square-foot has many! fun! features! because Brown is an upbeat kinda guy. There’s a retro soda fountain with red leatherette-topped stools; a movie theater; an exercise room; and a swimming pool with pool house. Bring the team!

The asking price is the same: $5.9 million.

Gallery below.

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