A Philly Story: Narberth Church

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.
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image source: Google Street View
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.
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Image source: S. F. Hotchkin, Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, George W. Jacobs & Co., 1897), p. 55; collection of the Lower Merion Historical Society
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.
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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.
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image source: Restore of Philadelphia
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.

29.75w or 36w x 84h. #various. $95-120

 

Snail Mail: Ancient History?

An unusual acquisition for ReHouse, 2746 antique and vintage postcards, was checked in this week filling almost 6 drawers of an equally unusual file cabinet.  Someone had obviously been an avid collector of places and stories, and perhaps there are others like him who will be interested in leafing through to find the missing piece for their own collections.  Certainly no one will be sending these artifacts through the postal service again.  Or will they?
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Do not doubt the power of personal snail mail in this day of instantly received e-mails, frequently updated Facebook pages, and gone-in-an-instant Snapchat posts when the only mail in the mailbox that actually has your name on it is a bill or a bank statement.  I don’t know about you, but even those exciting notices go to my inbox rather than my mailbox.  When was the last time you received a physical piece of mail that was not typed or mass produced?  Your birthday?  Or was that via Facebook too?
When was the last time you received or sent a card or a letter to a friend, colleague, or loved one?  Can’t remember?  That’s what I thought.  Here is your chance to spread some joy along with me, and you can choose how to participate.
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1. Inspire a Friend, Colleague, Loved One
Choose one or more postcards (I know where you can get 2746), write a quick note of inspiration, and then allow the mailman the pleasure of delivering it to someone important to you.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 postcard rate postage stamp, pen or pencil of choice.
Cost: $2.34 each
2 cards might be in a collection focused on Rochester History
2. Add to a Postcard Collection
If you know a postcard collector you can choose one or more to surprise them with to add to their special collection.  Find out about what and how they collect.  Our cards are divided by state, country, topic, etc. so you will have an easy time finding one to fit their individual collection.  Most are already in protective sleeves which collectors love, but if you plan to mail these, consider placing up to 3 in an envelope.  Many collectors of antique postcards do not like new writing on their specimens.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 first class postage stamp, 1 envelope
Cost: $2.50ish plus $2 for each additional card you include
2 cards made by local artist and ReHouse employee, Julie Wasson
3. Create a Piece of Mail Art
Get inspired by the art of Nick Bantock, artist and writer of the Griffin and Sabine book series, and create your own mail art.  Use your favorite permanent glue to adhere images, words, phrases, or photos to your original postcard.  Cover with a layer of Mod Podge or thinned Elmer’s School Glue to protect your work.  Make sure your card is still 2D and will not fall apart on its journey through the postal service.  Use a regular First Class Stamp to account for the possible extra weight of your additions.  Send your creation out into the world to inspire others.
Supplies per card: 1 card, 1 first class postage stamp, words and images cut from magazines or other mail, etc. glue, a pen or pencil of choice
Cost: $2.50 is the base price per card. Actual cost will vary based on your materials.  How would you even estimate the cost of magazine clippings?

Still not convinced of the versatility and usefulness of The Postcard?  Visit our new Pinterest page, “Postcards: Repurposed” or simply search “postcard” to discover these and other amazing ideas for salvaged postcards.

  • postcard covered walls
  • postcard travel journals
  • altered postcards
  • maxicards
  • postcards as story tellers
  • postcards as historical documentation
  • encouraging postcards
  • postcard garlands
  • postcard pendant lamps
  • postcard borders around doors and windows
  • postcards and summer fun
  • postcards as geography lesson
  • neat and tidy postcard displays
  • crazy chaotic postcard displays
  • postcards filed in boxes
  • postcards in window frames