Preservation Magazine

Developer to Raze Estate

Posted on: August 30th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

Dunminning Estate’s contents were sold last weekend, and no laws prevent its imminent demolition. (Chris Driscoll)A Pennsylvania developer is preparing to demolish a c. 1897 mansion in Newtown Square, Pa., outside Philadelphia.

At a so-called "pre-demolition sale" last weekend, many of the Dunminning Mansion's interior features, including several of its six mantels, were marked "sold," according to Chris Driscoll, vice president of the Newtown Square Historical Preservation Society, so the 15,000-square-foot mansion's days are numbered. A spokesman for Bentley Homes says it will be razed within 30 days.

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It's Not Over for Miami House

Posted on: August 29th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The Avery Smith House (Alesh Houdek, www.criticalmiami.com)One of Miami Beach's oldest houses was partially demolished this summer, prompting more debate over what's left of the single-story coral structure built c. 1915.

On July 9, owner Michael Stern bulldozed a 1939 addition to the Avery Smith House with the city's approval. Stern and co-owner Ivor Rose want to build a four-story building on the site.

"By no means is [the fight] over," says Mitch Novick, owner of a nearby hotel and former chairman of the city's historic preservation board.

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Farnsworth House Survives Flood Unscathed

Posted on: August 28th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

A foot of rain swelled the Fox River, flash-flooding the Farnsworth House’s grounds on Aug. 23. (Barbara Campagna)Last week, floodwaters reached the front steps of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in the second "hundred-year" flood of Illinois' Fox River since 1996.

Storms flooded rivers in northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio, causing at least two deaths and damaging hundreds of houses—but not the 1951 Farnsworth House, a National Trust Historic Site in Plano, Ill.

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Starbucks To Replace 19th-Century N.H. House

Posted on: August 27th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Baboosic Lake, Merrimack, N.H. (NewHampshire.com)The tagline "Let Starbucks be your front porch this summer" has taken on another meeting as the company plans to move into a new building that will replace a 19th-century Victorian with a wraparound porch.

Developer Joe Cleary, who owns the house in Merrimack, N.H., most recently known as Madden's Restaurant, plans to tear it down later this year to make way for a 1,800-square-foot Starbucks. Cleary, who did not return phone calls to Preservation Online, plans to build a replica of the town's train depot to fit into the neighborhood rather than reusing the house.

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Palm Beach Theater Wins in Court

Posted on: August 23rd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The owner of the 1957 theater closed its doors in 2004, citing economic reasons. (Palm Beach Theater Guild)The place to be seen in Palm Beach, Fla., hasn't been seen in three years, but a group that wants to reopen the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is making headway.Supporters of the glitzy theater—which include actor Christopher Plummer—won a victory this summer, when a judge ruled that the 1957 building must be maintained and operated as a theater.

Owner Sidney Spiegel, who wants to raze the Royal Poinciana Playhouse to make way for a hotel, has appealed Palm Beach County Judge David Crow's June 10 decision.

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