Main Line Monday: Masterfully Converted Carriage House in Wayne
We’re kickin’ Halloween week off right with this spectacular home in South Wayne. Whereas the spirits of those that have passed are said to be brought back to life on October 31, you’ll see that this stunning home, a former carriage house, has followed a similar track over time.
The building dates all the way back to 1898, when its previous incarnation saw legendary architect William Lightfoot Price, a familiar name ’round these parts, design it as the carriage house to the estate of Alan H. Reed, one of the “Sons” of the famous Philadelphia clothier Jacob Reed’s Sons, a company whose last vestiges of life can be seen not in their fine hats or jackets, but in the incredible building at 1424 Chestnut Street.
While Reed’s on Chestnut Street is now a CVS, this beauty has been lovingly brought back to life, and it makes for one hell of a gallery.
Since the late 1800s, the English Renaissance Tudor has seen a renovation and an expansion, with the former being completed by architects Archer & Buchanan in 2002, which garnered a Palladio Award in 2005 for Restoration & Renovation.
Inside, the home is cozy and charming. Restored arched horse stall windows bathe the rustic living room in natural light and there are multiple fireplaces throughout, including one in the gourmet kitchen. A wall of French doors leads from the kitchen to a brick patio that overlooks the lush grounds.
Other original details include the exposed timber beams and the random width oak floors, both of which are found throughout much of the home.
THE FINE PRINT
Square Feet: 3,394
- 424 Louella Ave Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 [Kurfiss]