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.
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.
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.
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



Barn Wood Walls with Sliding Door (part 2)

We have been following the progression of a strange, unloved corner in our store.  You can rewind and read part 1 HERE.  Now that the barn wood has been installed there is the question of the doorway.  It is the not so glamorous entrance to a storage room.  It previously had white louvered bi-fold doors similar to the ones shown below (from Home Depot’s site) with one difference.  The slider was broken so they tended to flap around when opened.

louver doors

You may know that we sell barn door tracks.  These come in many designs and lengths.  We have originals salvaged from barns and new ones still in boxes.  No matter which look you prefer, barn tracks are IN.  The problem is that there is no good way to display them except by mounting a working door for people to see.  So that’s what we did here.


This is a set of new tracks that we sell in the store.  They come with instructions which we were able to follow without any problem.  We did have to make one adjustment.  The included bolts that hold the track to the wall were too short.  This wall is extra thick though, so they should be good for a normal wall.


The track set we chose is cast iron with a traditional design.  The track is just under 6′ long.  The door opens so smoothly now!  I want one at home.


The room behind the door is still for employees only, but now you can get a real sense for how these barn tracks look and feel before you purchase a set to install in your home.


Stay tuned for one more delightful addition to this space.  GATHER by design has moved in and is calling this corner home.