There is a unique opportunity for the public to view a Chestnut Hill, PA historic home and to help support the local Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment. This two-and-a-half storey, 22-room, Queen Anne-style private home welcomes you, as well as 25 of the best interior designers, architects, artists, and landscapers from the Philadelphia, PA area. These exceptional design professionals have donated their time and talents to design and showcase their own space in this 120 year-old home.
On Saturday, I spent some time at the Design Show House with interior designer Hannah Dee, who was kind enough to invite me to this event. Hannah showed me the different rooms and introduced me to a few of the designers, including the exceptional architect, interior designer, artist and novelist Joel Levinson. It was a rare and delightful experience to be able to view an historic home and to talk with some of Philadelphia’s best interior designers.
The Design Show House
As you walk onto the property you will see an opening on your right that will take you into a beautiful formal garden with an array of flowers and plants, designed by the artistic landscapers at Livable Landscapes. As you continue past the formal garden, look up and enjoy the home’s façade of stone lintels and sills, the unique arched openings on the third floor, and many other fine architectural details.
Before you enter the home, enjoy for a minute, the intricate ironwork at the entrance. When you do walk into the front foyer, you will see the home’s original crown and base molding, paneled cabinetry, and oak flooring. Turn to your left and enter the reception room to be welcomed by the event organizers and perhaps even a designer or two. This reception room and adjacent powder room has a Chinoiserie theme and possesses a number of authentic Asian art and furniture pieces. Hannah Dee, owner of Hannah Dee Interiors provided these pieces and also designed the interiors of these two rooms.
This stately stone house was completed in 1890 and has been deemed significant by the National Register of Historic Places. It was also an important influence in Chestnut Hill’s designation as a National Historic District.
The home was originally developed by Henry Howard Houston, originally designed by architects G.W. and W.D. Hewitt, the original general contractor was William C. Mackie, and the original landscape architect was Frederick G. Peck, arguably the most prominent mid-20th century landscape architect in the area. Alterations and additions occurred in 1916, 1936, 1952, and 1960 by such noted architects as Robert McGoodwin and John A. Bower.
The CHCE Design Show House is located at:
8305 Seminole St.
Chestnut Hill, PA 19118
Sept 17 – Oct 16, 2011
Public viewing hours:
Wed 12pm – 7pm
Thurs & Fri 11am – 7pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
Sundays 12pm – 5pm
An Evening with the Designers
Thursday, October 6, 2011
7pm – 9pm
For more information contact the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment.
Marilyn M. Paucker, CHCE President and organizer for this event, says all monies go toward supporting this non-profit organization that provides social, educational, and recreational activities to older adults living in Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Wyndmoor, and Germantown, as well as other nearby communities.
Show House Designers
Alice Flint, Practical Design Solutions
Artworks by Anthe
Carol Schwartz Gallery
Green Door Interiors
Hannah Dee Interiors
Joel Levinson Associates
Karen Singer Tile Works
Laurel Hill Gardens
Mona Ross Berman Interiors in ‘House Beautiful’
Patricia Marian Cove, Architectural Interiors and Design
RCC Design Group
Roddy VonSeldeneck Landscape Design
stellwagen design company llc
The Hill Company
Vetrulli Design and Build & The Cheryl Verofsky Project
William Grey-Bellis Interiors
Other contributing designers
Katy MacKenzie Designs
Mount Airy Custom Furniture
Oxford Circus Toys