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

 

Wedding Trends Made Rent-able

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.

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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.

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The ultimate example of bringing the outdoors in…the avenue of trees at the royal wedding in 2011.  – photo by Murray Sanders for dailymail.co.uk

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.

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?

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or should they be transformed with some paint and hinges?

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.

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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.

PW0007Pale 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

16938855_10154435757656588_2048778553315398483_nFarmhouse 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

16904859_10154435754886588_4085692690442794175_oWhite 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

FAQs – Pricing Cast Iron Bathtubs

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Although many homeowners are removing their original cast iron bathtubs, just as many are putting them back in.  So, how much do they cost?  As with most antique purchases, it all depends on condition.  At ReHouse we take into account many factors when pricing our antique tubs to make sure you get the best deal we can offer.  To help you decide which tub is right for you I am going to share the method to our tub pricing madness: the  “Antique Tub Rating” checklist.  This sheet is a point rating system developed by owner, Sally, to determine appropriate pricing guidelines for tubs.

Interior Finish – Rated on a scale of 1-10, this is the condition of the inside of the tub.  Is there rust or missing porcelain particularly around the faucet and drain?  Are there those non-slip flowers in the bottom that are a pain in the neck to remove?  Are there stains that won’t come out?  Is the porcelain smooth or rough?  Could you actually bathe in it as it is?  Below are some photos of tub interiors that range from 4-10.  These have each been cleaned to the best of our abilities.

Exterior Finish – Rated on a scale of 1-5, this is the condition of the outside of the tub.  Is it painted or 1/2 painted?  Is it rusty?  How rusty?  Can it be cleaned with normal household cleaning supplies?  Will the surface need to be sandblasted in order to accept new porcelain?  Below are some photos of tub exteriors that range from 3-5.  These have each been cleaned to the best of our abilities.

Feet/Base – Rated on a scale of 1-5, this is the condition of the feet on a clawfoot tub or the skirt on a pedestal tub.  Is the porcelain in tact?  What about rust?  Are there 4 feet and do they match?  How ornate are the feet?

Size – Aren’t they all the same?  Nope!  Most are 5 feet long.  That earns it 3 points.  Some are 4.5 or 5.5 feet long.  These lengths earn a tub 4 points.  The most unusual sizes are smaller that 4.5 feet or longer than 5.5 feet.  Any tubs falling in these ranges earn 5 points!

Rust? – Even though this is partly covered in the above topics, this indicates the overall rust situation.  Rust requires sandblasting.  Sandblasting requires tools and time.  A lot of rust and the tub loses 5 points.  “Average” rust (a little around the faucet and drain) takes away 3 points.  None?  No points taken away.

Faucet? – yes or no.  If there is a fabulous faucet the tub might get some extra points.  Otherwise this is just for informational purposes.

Let’s visit a few of the tubs we have in stock at the moment.  Let’s start with the lowest rating and work our way up.  This tub only earned a 6.

Next we have an 15 pointer.

Here is an interesting specimen.  Often times a non-neutral paint color on the outside would lose points in the Exterior Finish category.  In this case, the paint job is so unique and well done it earned points for this tub which totaled 18.  Who wouldn’t want to bathe in the pools at Giverny?

A few different tubs came in at the 19 point mark.  Both have near perfect Interior Finishes, workable Exterior Finishes, and only tiny spots of rust.

 

Lastly, here are some beauties.  The cream of the crop.  Admittedly, these tubs did not look so well last month.  These tubs have been completely refinished by Bathtub Made New.  They can refinish your tub or sink too if you need a professional.  These two tubs earned 22 and 23 points.

Let’s finish up with a slide show of some other tubs which have passed through our doors over the years.

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