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Diabase Farm: A Bucks County Treasure

A view of the main house and barn at Diabase Farm

A view of the main house and barn at Diabase Farm

How many of us have driven on Street Road through Solebury Township into Upper Makefield and seen the sign for Diabase Farm on the right-hand side? I spent years wondering what was back the long drive there, and recently I had the privilege to see the property up close Continue reading

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The original Mount Pleasant in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park

The original Mount Pleasant in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park

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Mount Pleasant’s center, front-to-back reception hall with side stair on the left.

Recently Curbed Philly published a guide to the 15 significant homes of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. For those of you who don’t know, Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park system in the United States with 9,200 acres of contiguous land, dwarfing Central Park’s 843 acres in New York City. One of the homes featured in the Curbed Philly guide is the rather famous Mount Pleasant, considered an excellent example of English Colonial architecture in the United States and described in the Curbed piece this way: Continue reading

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Old World or New World?

Given the rich European influence on architecture in the greater Philadelphia region, we thought it would be interesting to see if readers can determine whether listings are in Europe or the United States. Simply observe the photos and vote accordingly. To see if your guess it correct, click on the ‘Answer’ link provided.

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Tucked away in Chestnut Hill, the Vanna Venturi House.

One of our newest listings is garnering a lot of press this week. Melanie Stecura of our Philadelphia office listed the Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood. The availability of this house for the first time since 1973 is causing Continue reading

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Neutra Cyclorama Building

The Richard Neutra-designed Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park as it stood prior to this week’s demolition. Photo courtesy of Don Wiles.

Perhaps no category of architects generates more controversy that those who discarded the norms of their times and broke new ground. This week, the Richard Neutra-designed Cyclorama building at the Gettysburg National Military Park met the wrecking ball. The building, completed in 1963, a century after Pickett’s Charge, the battle it depicted in 360-degree form, was a source of controversy in its 50-year life. Some battlefield experts say removing the building will restore the area to its original, grassy form; others, including Neutra’s son, Dion, say it was a significant work by the sometimes controversial architect; its design allowed visitors to surround themselves in the pain, drama and loss that took place on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. The 377-foot painting that depicted Pickett’s Charge was removed for restoration in 2008 and is now installed at a new visitor’s center. You can read more about the demolition here, or, for a look at a Richard Neutra residence that not only has stood the test of time but has been exceptionally well maintained by its original owner, pay a visit to Coveney House in Gulph Mills, Pa.

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NEW HOPE, PA: (June 2, 2011) – Forty members and guests of the Horsham Preservation & Historical Association toured the Kenderdine Mill complex, formally known as Millbrook, in Horsham. The property currently is listed for sale with Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty. The agent is Susan Ravenscroft, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia’s Main Line.

The 10.3-acre property consists of three expertly restored fieldstone buildings: an 1815 mill owner’s residence; an 1858 barn, now a three-bedroom, 3.1-bath guesthouse; and a 1734 four-story Kenderdine Gristmill with original wooden machinery & a one-bedroom apartment.

A view of the Kenderdine Mill property

A view of the Kenderdine Mill property

The property was restored by its previous owner, Ronald Mintz.

“It was very nice to see so many people excited about the property,” said Susan Ravenscroft. “They seemed to really appreciate and understand what has gone into preserving this very historical corner of Horsham.”

Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty represents clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and in select markets in New Jersey.  For additional information, please contact the Philadelphia office at 215.735.2225 or the New Hope office at 215.794.3227. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 10,900 sales associates located in approximately 500 offices in 41 countries and territories worldwide.

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