Photo via Passyunk Post
The tanning salon Tan Quest at 1835 E. Passyunk Avenue closed just a few days ago, and now comes word, via Passyunk Post, that Era Atomica has snapped up the location thatfast. The owner of the mid-century modern furniture store will renovate quickly too, with plans to open her new store — a block away from her smaller current location — in about six weeks.
For more on what the expanded Era Atomica will offer, click here.
Architect Jules Gregory is probably best known in this area at the moment for the Lambertville house on the market that he designed for himself and that features a double conoid roof and interior work by George Nakashima. It’s truly a masterpiece of mid-century modern design. But it’s not the only Gregory house for sale in this area.
In fact, Gregory’s Butterfly House in Delaware Township, NJ, is also on the market. Built in 1955, it has, according to the listing, hardly been touched since then — and it looks it. It’s kind of in rough shape, but a new septic system is being installed. For someone inclined toward preservation and renovation of an important architect’s work, it’s remarkably priced: $299,000.
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Quiz question for you real estate young’uns: When is a bomb shelter in a house for sale almost as unsurprising as a granite countertop? When that house was built in the 1950s, during the era of the Civil Defense Department propaganda and the Cold War (the Russians weren’t writing New York Times op-eds back then).
But time passes, and spaces get modernized to accord with contemporary mores and concerns. Which is why the bomb shelter was transformed, the listing says, into a “panic room.” Hmm. That is definitely more surprising than a granite countertop.
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Jules Gregory was a prominent mid-century modern architect, and like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and George Nakashima, he has a significant legacy in the New York/NJ/Pennsylvania area. This home on Goat Hill Road in the riverside town of Lambertville, NJ (across the bridge from New Hope) was designed by Gregory for himself. As Henry Kuryla wrote last month in Aspire Metro:
Architects throughout the course of their careers design many masterworks for others, but often their pièce de résistance is the home they create for themselves. Such is the case for the previous home of the noted Mid-Century Modern architect Jules Gregory in Lambertville, NJ.
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