An Illuminating Way to Learn About Chestnut Hill's History: Night of Lights


UPDATE: Oct. 9
– Our inaugural participation in the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s 2019 “Night of Lights” celebration on Oct. 4 was an exciting night of illumination up and down Germantown Avenue. Kim Whetzel of Team Whetzel manned our office and greeted a steady stream of visitors, many of whom enjoyed Sotheby’s champagne and other refreshments. And in a perfect placement, our sponsored window featured photos of historical house interiors and a few commercial properties dating back to the late 1800s. See the slideshow here. We enjoyed participating in this celebration of Chestnut Hill’s heritage and can’t wait for next year’s event!

Kurfiss office visitors on Night of Lights
A steady stream of visitors stopped in to see the Kurfiss SIR office during “Night of Lights.”

UPDATE: Oct. 1 – Stop by 22 Summit Street in Chestnut Hill, one of the area’s oldest residential streets, to see this architectural treasure along with artwork and sculptures of two renowned Chestnut Hill artists, the award-winning Judy McCabe Jarvis and acclaimed sculptor Chris Ward. Just a short walk from Germantown Avenue, 22 Summit is an architectural treasure, built in the Italianate style with 3,600 square feet perfectly suited for everyday living and entertaining. The house will be open between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, giving you plenty of time to tour and still see the Night of Lights events along Germantown Avenue.

With images projected on historical buildings, lectures and lite bites and refreshments, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s “Night of Lights” event on Friday, Oct. 4, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, in the 19118 ZIP code promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience along Germantown Avenue, the neighborhood’s main commercial street. Our own Team Whetzel, composed of Kim Whetzel, Ellen Hass, Penn Steel and Jamie McFadden, along with agent Karen Regan’s Tallulah & Bird interior design firm and Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty are among the sponsors who are supporting the event. The exterior gable end wall of the Kurfiss SIR office at 8431 Germantown Avenue will be one of the locations used to exhibit a piece of Chestnut Hill history.

This year’s “Night of Lights” is only the third time it is being held. For those not familiar with the event, the Conservancy describes it this way:  “For this one night only, historical images and films from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows and onto exterior walls. Neighboring buildings along Germantown Avenue will be illuminated with colored lights, while long-time business owners will act as interpreters for the evening, sharing stories and engaging the community about their own history…Night of Lights aims to foster public appreciation and protection of the history and treasures that define the character of our community.”

Come out and see for yourself how the charming Chestnut Hill neighborhood came to be such a center of historical architecture and unique stores that it is today. The event will be held Friday, October 4, from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. The switch will be flipped at 6:45 pm in front of the Chestnut Hill Newsstand.

More information is available at the Conservancy web site.

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