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NEWS & EVENTS RELATED TO DOLORES BROWNE

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1O , 2012 WE TOURED THE WORLD TRADE CENTER 911 MEMORIAL.. CLICK ON THE ABOVE VIDEO.
 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 THE INQUIRER WRITES ABOUT 343 E WYNNEWOOD ROAD

RESTORATION OF A INTERNTIONAL STYLE HOUSE / BAUHAUS BY DOLORES BROWNE, ARCHITECT and CO-PRESIDENT of DESIGNREASONS.COM WHERE DESIGNER FURNITURE, SPECIALIZED ART AND UNIQUE ACCESSORIES BLOOMED


 

AN INTERNATIONAL STYLE OR BAUHAUS IS AN ALL BRICK HOUSE ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL.KENDRICK LICHTY ARCHITECT LOCATED AT 343 E WYNNEWOOD ROAD, MERION STATION, PA, 19066 IN LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP YEAR 2010 RESTSORED BY DOLORES BROWNE ARCHITECT, AND WHERE THE IDEA OF DESIGNREASONS.COM  BEGAN AND DESIGNER FURNITURE, SPECIAL ART, AND CREATIVE ACCESSORIES BECAME ITS HOME.

 

NEWS AND EVENTS HISTORY - SAMUEL KENDRICK LICHTY ARCHITECT (1900-1962)

BORN IN LANCATER, PA, S KENDRICK LICHTY RECEIVED HIS EARLY EDUCATION AT THE YEATES SCHOOL AND THE FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL ACADEMY, BOTH IN LANCASTER. HE THEN ATTENDED FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL COLLEGE FOR ONE YEAR BEFEORE TRANSFERRING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE HE GRADUATED WITH HIS B.S. IN ARCHITECTURE IN 1924. IN 1924 HE ALSO BEGAN WORKING FOR ZANTZIINGER, BORIE & MEDARY; HE REMAINED WITH THEM UNTIL 1925, WHEN HE MOVED ON TO THE OFFICE OF HORACE TRUMBAUER, WHERE HE STAYED UNTIL 1931. IN 1931 LICHTY ESTABLISHED HIS OWN FIRM, MORGAN, LICHTY & STOPPER IN PHILADELPHIA. THIS RELATIONSHIP, WHICH APPEARS TO HAVE BEGUN ONLY TO DESIGN THE WILLIAM PENN HOMES IN CHESTER, PA, LASTED ONLY ABOUT TWO YEARS AND WAS REPLACED BY STOPPER & LICHTY IN1943, BUT SAMUEL KENDRICK LICHTY’S ASSOCIATION WITH STOPPER APPEARS TO CEASE AROUND 1944/1945. SUBSEQUENTLY HE PRACTICED ALONE IN LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP IN THE CITY OF BRYN MAWR, PA.

 

IN 1955, ACCORDING TO HIS AIA MEMBERSHIP RECORDS, LICHTY RETIRED FROM ACTIVE PRACTICE DUE TO ILL HEALTH AND BY 1958 WAS LIVING IN BOCA RATON, FL, WHERE HE DIED.

GIVEN THE BEAUX-ARTS AWARD 1922-1923 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PA; - DESIGNED THE TIMES MEDICAL BLDG. IN ARDMORE, PA.LICHTY’S  DAUGHTER STILL LIVES ON THE MAIN LINE AND GOES BY THE NAME OF WINFRIED MOXON.

 






DOLORES BROWNE NEWS AND EVENT - HOW 343 WAS FOUND

             DESIGNER FURNITURE WAS A BLESSING


We found 343 E Wynnewood Road, Merion Station, PA.  19066 in Lower Merion Township an International Style House or a 1948 Bauhaus, October 2008 looking  for a house for our daughter so she could send her two young children, now reaching public school age,  to a Lower Merion Township School on the main line outside Philadelphia.  A perfect solution to her find, only it needed an all new kitchen and all new plumbing [and special furniture to heighten its artistry]. The bathrooms had leaks, and the house smelled so bad that we had to talk to the Real Estate agent on the  outside patio. The kitchen was not habitable. That had to go. It was too much of a renovation for my daughter to handle. So, went only to find her a lovely house in Penn Valley that she could move right into.

 

A couple of months went by and we were thinking about this wonderful house that needed some help. We drove by a couple months later and it was still for sale. We offered her a price a bit lower than the sale price. The owner was not ready to move so we signed an agreement and waited until April 1, 2009 to start the renovation that became a restoration.

 

We moved in and slept on a blow-up bed in one of the bedrooms. We had one usable bathroom to wash.  We put a huge dumpster on the driveway and started to clean and throw out all that smelled into the bin. We stripped the basement, took out the recess ceilings, the warped doors and walls, the old 1970 solar system that never was used, junk and falling rods and shelves in the closets. Then we brought in a painter , a plumber,  carpenter and electrician to put the house together.

 

We selected Moore’s Ceiling White to paint all the walls and ceiling and a semi- gloss for the wood work. The windows were in perfect condition since the last owners who were architects made the perfect choice to change the rusty metal original windows that were beautiful but lost the heat in the winter and brought in heat in the summer. The exterior was painted so they could sell the house and that was looking good. As we explored the home we found that the wood work and hardware were still all original and in excellent condition. We worked closely with the painters to clean all the stainless steel door hardware, painted and reset the doors, reset the clothing rods to give more space to hang the clothes.

 

The electrician helped take all the unused and outdated wires from the house to make it a wireless house. We used one of the first floor closets to set up the Fios for the telephones, television and internet. The internal electric was good except for the old fixtures that could cause a fire if new technology and halogen bulbs are used and the second floor outlets were not grounded. Having the exposed beams in the ground level made this easy to see all the connections. I replaced all the bedroom fixtures with Pensi fans and left just one old fixture in the TV room that is now hardly used. We changed all the plates to Lutron Nova T switches and put Nova T GFI’s were we could not ground the outlets on the second level. The dining room we installed the Artemide’s Mercury Chandelier by Ross Lovegrove and the new Lutron Vietri led single touch switches. All the hallways & the  kitchen ceiling fixtures were replaced with Artemides ‘s Focal wall except one Float C ceiling with a yellow filter in the main entrance.

 

The plumber helped me to save all the original sinks that were dirty but in excellent condition. I wanted to save all the original tiles. To replace all the plumbing on the second level we had to take out a huge amount of concrete from the floor and re-level to set in tiles to match each bathroom. In the Master bath we found 4”x4” maroon tiles that matched the wall tiles and went with white in the second bathroom to match the original tub that we saved. It was in excellent condition but the bottom of the tub was rusty. We found one of our workmen to paint only the base so the original porcelain can be saved. The showers doors on three bathrooms were extremely dirty.  As we cleaned them we found all three in excellent condition. We used Hansgrohe Talis S chrome single lever faucets to replace the old, both in the sink and showers. The best shower head for beauty and function is the  Axor Starck. This was used in the tub and two showers. Gave each bathroom new white Kohler Raphael Toilets and used an excellent tile man and plumber that understood the old showers. We replaced the rusty recess mirror medicine chests of 1948 with new reproduction Restoration Hardware chrome medicine chests and replaced the old bathroom fixtures with Artemide’s  3’ & 4’ basic strip lighting.

 

The Kitchen floor was so rotted out with five layers of uneven basic floor covering so we striped it to the beams. A new mahogany wood floor was installed. I found white glass cabinet doors for the kitchen cabinet at Ikea and figured out the space with standard cabinets and them installed by the Ikea installers. They did a wonderful job. Purchased separately high-end appliances we went with Miele 7’ Height Stainless Steel refrigerator and stainless dishwasher. A gas wolf top range and in cabinet convention oven and did away with the micro-wave. The Faber hood went directly onto the opening of the old 1948 fan, now in the ground level bathroom. The double stainless steel sink was from Kohler with the Karbon faucet and a garbage disposal that turns off on its own. A stainless steel counter top that extends to a breakfast counter large enough to have two to three stools.

 

The dining room mirror remained and Dolores Browne designed a 6’6”square steel and aluminum table large enough to seat comfortably twelve Ron Arad Ripple Chairs by Moroso. The hall entrance had this wonderful 4’ wide door that was covered with 5 chain & lock systems with a custom brass knob & brass mail slot that needed polishing.  We removed all the lock systems and put in a Simplex Kara keyless door lock on the front door leaving the brass knobs and mail slot.  We did this for both the front door and back door. All the doors are origin aluminum doors.

 

The living area was in the best condition including the fireplace. What we call goodies remains in the living area. The rope iron railing, the wonderful molding of the fireplace and a mirror etched to match. Only a few torn and old carpets were raised and throughout the house remain the original oak wood floors that I only needed to clean and maintain with Bruce’s fresh finish for urethane top coat.

 

Below the ground level we repaired the windows and sealed the moisture from coming into this old house. Brought back to life the original pine paneled wood by lightly staining it, and coated it with a clear sealer.  Cleaned the original bar and sink. Put a new fan and portable 7W lights into the many outlets that were previously installed into the walls. The electricians rewired so we could see under the counter. The dryer and washing machine was new. This remains in the large area as you walk down the wide steps into the lower area. The utility equipment was covered with large sheets of opaque white   Plexiglas hanging from a metal system we installed to by-pass the large duct system. The out of date floor tiles had to go and then painted the cement underneath. A new bathroom was installed and we painted the floor with a 9 foot rose pattern to give a pleasant are to wash your clothes.

 

Our first event in this Bauhaus or International Style House was to celebrate the end of the house restoration.  We sent out a news letter for this event and we also added the celebration of our new web site called DesignReasons.com,[ a website that sells designer furniture, superlative art, and specialized accessories.]

 

 


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