Unique Hexagonal Home Designed By Henry J. Magaziner

105 cherry lane wynnewood pa

In January of 2012 Hidden City profiled late Philadelphia architect Henry Jonas Magaziner, describing him as both a preservationist and advocate whose “inspirational presence” could still be felt in places like Center City and Valley Forge. Unsurprisingly, his devotion to the area was a personal one.

After graduating from Central High School in Northwest Philadelphia, Magaziner went to Penn but had to drop out because of the Great Depression. After some time as a salesman, Magaziner went back and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1936. He then worked for his famous father, Louis Magaziner, before leaving to practice in different parts of the country. In 1946, he returned to Philadelphia and resumed working for his father, followed by seven years at his own private firm.

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Lower Merion Historic English Village Home Has Koi Pond and Artist Studio

626 Loves Lane, Wynnewood, PA

626 Loves Lane, Wynnewood, PA

Architects are lucky in that they get to design their dream home. This particular Tudor house is located in Lower Merion’s English Village historical district, and was originally built by an architect for his own private use.

Inside, historic touches emerge in the form of exposed beams, and a paneled living room with built-ins and a fireplace. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a dressing room and windows overlooking the street.

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Sabrina’s Opens on the Main Line


Sabrina’s has opened another outpost of its popular cafe in Wynnewood. The Main Line location is located in the former home of Sam’s Grill in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. It is the fourth location for Sabrina’s, which has locations in South Philadelphia, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus.

The menu is the same as the other locations.

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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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Property’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street.

Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street in Rocky II.

Property opened its virtual doors in March, so it hasn’t been quite one year yet. But here are the posts that were the most popular in 2013 — 12 of them because 12 is more fun than 10.

1. Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
rockyII house
In March, the three-bedroom South Philly home that was the set for Rocky and Adrian’s first home went on the market for $139,900. The rowhome near 20th and Wolf looked pretty much the same as it did in the 1979 movie, and though it took some time, 2313 S. Lambert Street sold for around $129,000.

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Mexican-Themed Wynnewood Basement Features Murals, Half-Banquettes y Más


Though the listing for this house says the basement — which is by far its most exciting feature — is painted with Mexican murals, it seems equally possibly the murals and associated themed decor signify something more serious: the imperialist incursion by Spain into Mexico. Well, not equally possible. But desirable-because-interesting? Certainly.

First of all, the barstools are more of a traditional, Spanish-style design than Mexican-style stool design. The half-banquettes appear to be yellow and red in color, which are the colors of the Spanish flag. The bar-side mural features a flamenco dancer — an art form that originated in Southern Spain.

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Note to Bling Ringers: Think You Can Break Into This House? Think Again.

xfinity home security

Photo: Laura Kicey

If Xfinity Home had been in operation at Paris Hilton’s house in 2008, the Bling Ring would never have been able to break in — or get a movie made about them, for that matter. Comcast’s automation and control service goes above and beyond the typical “smart home” features that allow programming to save energy. Its security component is so rigorous, in fact, one might say it indulges paranoiac tendencies.

Example: Say you’re on a ski trip, but you want to be sure your home is safe. While you’re on the chair lift, take out your phone and view your house cam — live footage from strategically placed security cameras. If you don’t want to take the phone out because you might drop it, check your phone later to see if your house has texted to say a door was opened.

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Lower Merion Planning Commission: “The ’70s Called and They Want Their Strip Mall Back”

east wynnewood road

One of the odder buildings that WP Realty is planning to demolish in pursuit of its East Wynnewood Road development plan.

Let’s put it bluntly: The Lower Merion Planning Commission and many other like stakeholders pretty much hate WP Realty’s redevelopment plan for East Wynnewood Road — the plan that includes a new Whole Foods at the corner of Lancaster Avenue. The developer now owns everything from Lancaster Avenue to Penn Road except Citizen’s Bank, and presented more plans for the corridor on Monday to the commission. Though the Whole Foods has been approved, the demolition and development of existing commercial parcels also owned by WP haven’t yet gotten the official go-ahead.

From the Main Line Times:

…the developer has proposed two one-story, free-standing buildings, set back from the street with parking primarily in front in what planners called “a typical suburban design.”

A 7,200-square-foot retail building, to be occupied by one to four tenants, and a 3,652-square-foot bank building with two drive-thru lanes are proposed.

Looking at those plans Monday, planning commission Co-Chairman Charles Howland mused, “The ’70s have called, and they want their strip mall back.”

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Neighbors Invited by Bishop to Discuss St. Charles Re-Purposing


2 br, newly re-puroposed and renovated
Spectacular, Architectural-Digest-worthy historic building
Expansive drop-dead landscaping,
Walk to Overbrook Station – 10 minutes to 30th St.
LM schools.

Sounds nice doesn’t it? There’s only one problem. It’s not available yet. In fact, you might never see a listing like that; at least not for this property.

On the other hand, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia did announce (last March) that it wants to “re-purpose” the buildings and the land in the south east section of its 75-acre St. Charles Seminary.

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Sabrina’s Cafe Is Expanding to the Main Line


The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Peter Van Allen confirms a rumor we’ve heard from time to time for almost a year now. Popular brunch spot, Sabrina’s is going to be opening on the Main Line. Already with locations at 9th and Christian, Fairmount and on Drexel’s campus, expansion will see the next location opening in Wynnewood, in the former Sam’s Grille location. The spot in the Wynnewood Shopping Center will join Tiffin and Elevation Burger as food options for the complex.

Van Allen says the Wynnewood Sabrina’s aims to open before 2013 ends.

Sabrina’s Cafe Expands to Suburbs [Philadelphia Business Journal]
Sabrina’s Cafe [Official Site]

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