Major changes since we last checked in on Hohenadel. Felicite and Sean have taken over the renovating duties since the departure of Mike Labetti from the project earlier this year. Seems the bank’s schedule for completing the project and Mike’s didn’t quite jibe.
With the days getting shorter and cooler, Sean’s first focus has been the windows, all 56 of them (!). Luckily the sturdy old world design of these beauties makes them (relatively) easy to rebuild. The problem is finding the time (we mentioned there’s 56, right?)
Between his full time job at Comcast and cooking meals for the family, it’s been a stretch but Sean’s been game. Many of the pull chains need to be repaired (and ones that have been jerry-rigged with rope by previous owners need to be replaced). Most importantly, many panes of glass are in need of caulking and frames require stripping, priming, and repainting (the paint from the contractors is already chipping).
So yeah, Sean’s been busy. He’s been working out of a workshop on the second floor of the carriage house, which, by the way, is a stunning space of old stone and unusual hip framing! It’s going to be a beauty when he’s finished.
He’s also planning to add insulation to the roof and hopes to find time to patch up stucco that’s already cracked after only a few months! Hard to find good help, but Sean and Felicite have been meeting with local contractors to help them with the final push. Here’s to solid windows (and a cozy house) by winter!
Now for some good news, Soleil graduated from high school and is headed to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts next semester. Way to go Soleil!
Lily has been mixing it up on the soccer field in the EF Sports Association. She recently got a little shaken up in a game but insisted on returning to the field. So she’s tough and cute. Wow, double threat!
Finn has shown talent with a camera and we’re hoping to get him out in the neighborhood soon. Perhaps we’ve got our first EFL beat reporter?
And Felicite? she isn’t exactly kicking her feet up. She’s keeping Bulogics moving forward and settling into the company’s new 5,000 square foot space. Oh and they happen to have won an award for “Technological Excellence of the Year” from the Greater Philly Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations Felicite (and Ryan)!
Stay tuned for more exciting Hohenadel updates and some cool/very silly photos from this year’s Halloween party. These guys are serious about their Halloween costumes!
Slow-henadel no more! With spring kicking into high gear, things are buzzing inside and outside Hohenadel’s walls. By the way, you’ll notice a fancy new coat of stucco on those exterior walls, compliments of Mike Labetti’s crew, who are taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather to make the old lady really shine. (After the stucco gets a hand-rubbed finish, it’ll be painted white with black trim. Very period-appropriate for an Italianate house from the 19th century, according to Mike.)
Mike himself has been busy lately playing the role of hero in Felicite’s favorite neighborhood cause, the Colleen Moffitt homecoming project. He responded to an emergency call the morning of the fundraiser/house party to repair a cracked pipe in the bathroom. And if you think it was a simple cut and sweat job, you don’t know 1920s era plumbing (creatively placed joints, different copper, different flux, etc). Huge thanks to Mike! Can’t have a party without plumbing.
That afternoon, Felicite kept the party jumping, setting up games, lemonade stands, and facepainting tables with Soleil, Finn, and Lili. She even helped bring in a $1,000 donation from Mark Sherman (and a megawatt smile from Colleen when she heard the news)!
What’s next? The volunteer crew will be hanging drywall at Colleen’s house for three weekends in May (16-17, 23-24, 30-31 — new volunteers welcome!) before Felicite moves on to her next neighborhood cause. We’re hoping it’ll be Scout Troop 42 (Phillymakers), the Falls’ new scouting troop for everyone. Biking, paddling, hiking — all the scouts stuff you grew up with, only without the judginess.
Speaking of scout stuff, we’ve got a request — rooftop camping on Hohenadel’s carriage house, anyone? Great time to do it, before Mike Labetti’s crew gets to work on it during the next phase of the renovation (turning the second floor into a loft, complete with bathroom and kitchen). Stay tuned for more!
When we last left the Hawleys, they were hanging artwork on Hohenadel’s walls, decorating their Christmas tree, and getting ready for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (Vegas, Baby! Sorry can’t say “Vegas” without a Vince Vaughn reference.) So what’s been happening in the new year so far? read more…
Few things are more beautiful this time of year than a historic house decked out for the holidays.
Local newspapers are a great source of juicy neighborhood details you won’t find anywhere else. read more…
It’s amazing what kind of history you can find under your feet. Aaron Bechtel, bottle collector and local historian, made his first find by accident in 2006 on a hike in the Wissahickon. read more…
Thank you, John C. Hohenadel of Lancaster, PA — a distant relative of our own “brewer branch” here in East Falls. He’s been collecting Hohenadel breweriana for over 30 years, and also has uncovered lots of interesting clippings he’s been so very kind to share with us.
Here’s one from a break & enter at the mansion on Indian Queen Lane (from the Evening Public Ledger, January 26, 1918):
East Falls House joins forces with another Hohenadel — this one keenly interested in her family background. So far we’ve only made first contact, stay tuned as our story develops to present a clearer picture of these German immigrants who built a small local empire with their native brew.
Our recent email exchange bodes well:
Our local ghost stories continue with this latest tale from the Evening Bulletin, April 8 1932, about the ghost of a sad, suicidal tenant who once boarded there with early Rittenhouses. read more…
For fans of craft brewing, the guest list at the East Falls House Party just keeps getting better. We’re psyched to welcome two celebs of Philly’s craft beer scene: Lou Farrell, veteran brewer and Great American Beer Festival medalist, and Rich Wagner, brewery historian and expert on antique brewing methods. read more…
This just in — Hohenadel’s lager and Harry Prime won’t be the only historical effervescence at the East Falls House Party on October 18th. There will be a few special gallons of America’s oldest beverage on tap — hard cider. Joe Getz, co-founder of Pennsylvania’s own Kurant Cider, has kindly donated a batch of his company’s unique brand of handmade, local cider to the cause. read more…
Last week, Harry Prime came out to Epicure Cafe to meet Hohenadel House’s Felicite Moorman, and have a look around the grand ballroom he’ll be performing this October 18th. He brought his friend, fellow performer Bill Parsons, for a nice lunch and then a tour of the mansion.