In March of this year, Restore of Philadelphia salvaged this vacant church which had been the oldest house of worship in that borough until the new owner decided to replace it with apartments. ReHouse has now acquired some of the unique architectural details that formerly called this church home. Here is the story.
The Baptist Church of the Evangel, was the oldest house of worship in the Philadelphia borough of Narberth. Building for the church began in 1891 and was completed the next year. This is the original structure.
The church building was enlarged in 1924 to its final size. An article from the Our Town paper of Narberth, PA on January 28, 1928 offers the following view of the beautiful grey stone building. You can read the entire 34th anniversary article HERE.
In an effort to save as much history as possible, Restore of Philadelphia was able to salvage what they could before the building came down. Their original blog post is still available HERE.
They removed the “enormous pair of doors that entered the congregation room. Each door is 33″ wide and with the pair together in the frame, the overall width is 6′ and the height is 93″. Each door is 3 full inches thick with massive hinges. The jamb frame was buried in the floor about 5 or 6 inches to stabilize the pair. Gorgeous, massive, impressive, functional, endless possibilities. Trim for the door stopped at wainscoting on the other side and was inside the tile on this face side. All parts that can make it work again are here and ready to reinstall.” $3880.
Other doors from the church include some interesting sizes and hardware. These 6 panel saloon style doors are from bathroom stalls. They measure 33″ wide and only 66.5″ high. They include decorative handles, side stoppers, and swinging hinges. We received 3 of the 4 that were removed.
33w x 66.5h. #91844. $245each.
Next we have some 5 panel doors in the same dark finish solid pine. The church originally had 26 of these doors throughout and in varying conditions. We have at least 4 with the natural wood finish as shown and several that have been painted on one or both sides. One has 2 hearts cut out near the top. I wonder what room that went to. These do not include hardware. Lastly, there are a few with ventilation panels on the bottom half.
Wedding season is approaching for 2017, and according to the top wedding trend sites (the knot, Bridal Guide, Glamour), couples this year are envisioning weddings styled with “vintage glamour” and situated in creative natural spaces. Even with the popular themes of elaborate food pairings and bountiful blooms, a return to live bands, and portrait painters alongside photographers, today’s couples are also focused on going green in more ways than one.
Current popular venues are no longer limited church basements, conference centers, or banquet halls. While these are excellent and often economical choices where you can be sure practice has made perfect, couples are branching out[doors]. Whether actually indoors or out, more weddings are featuring natural elements. Free flowing bouquets offer the ambiance of an English Garden. Potted dwarf trees bring the garden indoors. Wood and stone elements complete the enchanted forest effect.
Going green is not only a desirable decor style. Couples today are taking on an environmental responsibility to go green as they plan their special days. Invitations are being printed on recycled paper with soy based inks. Flowers are being donated after the ceremony for others to enjoy. Vintage china, silver, glassware, and linens are all being rented to eliminate waste even for casual receptions. Couples are being more aware of the lasting impressions left by their weddings. William and Kate may have started this trend when they went green by planting the English Field Maples that adorned Westminster after the royal wedding.
3 doors to save…
These 3 doors have been in the racks for years…should they be trashed?
At ReHouse we make decisions daily about what we let go to waste and what we are able to save for reuse. We strive to encourage others to do the same when planning a remodel, restoration, or deconstruction of homes and buildings. What if we could do the same for weddings?
We have always offered a rental option for items being used in theatrical productions or other short term events. This option allows the renter to use the item as a prop for a predetermined period of time and then return it in like condition. An item could be saved from the landfill when we salvage it from a house and then again when it is returned as a rental rather than purchased for a one-time use and thrown out. For 50% of the retail price, if it’s in stock, you can rent it.
What do we rent out most? Doors. In fact doors are so popular as wedding rentals we have decided to create some easy-up wedding backdrops and props using some of our 1000+ in stock doors. These special event creations are available for one day rentals for the price listed. Since we are closed on Sundays, Saturday to Monday rentals are considered “one day.” We loved making them, and we hope that you will love using them for your next event.
Pale Green, 2 Door Backdrop – features matching solid wood oversized 6 panel doors with upper lites. Painted with durable indoor/outdoor paint in pale green. Hardware detailing is also handpainted. Triangle stands on each door and removable top trim support this elegant piece. Add your own matching floral accents and tulle trim. $225
Farmhouse Chic Extra Large Arbor – built from locally salvaged barn wood horse stalls. Rear panel handcrafted to match. Pergola style top asks to be draped with flowers, fabric, or candles that coordinate with your event’s decor. Designed and built for quick and easy assembly and tear down. $225
White Bridal Walk-Through Arbor – created with 2 doors slightly different in design painted fresh white to match any color scheme. Feet on bottom and slats on top provide support for this pergola style arbor. Perfect for a photo prop, ceremony backdrop, or to frame the bride’s entrance down the aisle, this piece places you right in the garden. $195