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  • Discovering Chestnut Hill
    village it is today This exhibit was undertaken as part of our education mission for people who live in the area and visitors from out of town who want to get a concise orientation to the community CHHS also hopes this exhibit will be an aid for student groups in the future to learn about the dynamic past of Chestnut Hill It is a tall order to present Chestnut Hill s history in a single room but Liz Jarvis Curator Archivist assisted by Alex Bartlett have done just that using images maps and narratives Designer Jas Szygiel composed the exhibit panels Of course none of this would have been possible without the Chestnut Hill Community Fund grant of 1 000 which kick started our fundraising effort Generous donations from 47 individuals businesses and foundations helped us meet our fundraising goal The exhibit is free to the public and open Monday through Friday 9 00 to 5 00 we are usually open until 5 00pm please call in advance to confirm and Saturday 11 00 to 4 00 Special Thanks to all who supported this exhibit Carolyn Adams and John Meigs Martha and Will Agate Charlotte H Biddle Patricia Bonsall Bowman Properties Ltd Yaga and Stephen Brady Ruth and Chuck Broadbent Burke Brothers Landscape Contractors Inc Marne Castillo and Spencer Penn Chestnut Hill Community Fund Jeanne and Philip Connolly Veronica and Robert Connor David Contosta Jane B Copeland Linda Corson Ann Csink and John Linck Janice J Fischer Lynn D Gallagher Robin Gallagher Ellen and Howard Goodwin Peggy and Richard Greenawalt Elizabeth Haimes Carolyn and David Hale Jean Hemphill and Robert Warner Pamela and James H Hill Jr Anne and David Hilton Gabriella Ibieta and Miles Orvell Louise and Hugh Johnston Caroline and Charles Lee Jr Augusta Leininger Julie Lipsius and

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/discover/index.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • CHHS: The Practical & Personal Advantages Of Older Homes
    Houses Built For Previous Times Because they reveal the aspirations and traditions of our forebears Because the presence of the past shows us where we have come from and helps us to understand ourselves Because authentic values beautiful craftsmanship gracious amenities and unique personalities enhance our lives now Because their artistic workmanship and fine quality materials are irreplaceable Because they may be sound financial investments Because they delight the eyes and nourish the souls of those who encounter them The Infinite Variety Of Older Houses Older houses come in all sorts of sizes shapes and styles Some are simple humble structures others are flamboyant imposing edifices Some are stately townhouses others ornate mansions Look for straight laced prim residences as well as unpredictable houses which draw you from one unexpected feature to another Each older home transmits its own personality whether cheerful or somber dignified or amusing restful or playful Seemingly endless intriguing discoveries await those who learn to see and to appreciate The appeal of an older home may also arise from its pleasing proportions its bold or graceful garnishments or its mellow charm Its fascination may spring from the careful attention originally given to its details often missing in newer houses the surprising personal touches of the initial builder or carpenter or the traces of former occupants An older home may be enticing because of the sensuous delights of its glowing waxed floors stained glass windows or sumptuously carved newel posts It is comforting too to be surrounded by whisperings of yesterdays In contrast many newer dwellings are stripped down look alike houses in sprawling developments tacked on to the countryside Gone are the carefully conceived designs the superb workmanship the rich diversity of decoration and the vibrant individual spirit which characterizes older homes making the survivors from

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/resourcecenter/preserve1a.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • CHHS: The Adventures of Getting To Know An Older Home
    own individuality rather than quarreling with it Bring sympathy and compassion to an older home s quirks the outcome of age perhaps or the peculiarities of its construction or design The plumbing may be antiquated and temperamental the floors may sag or the windows may stick Some idiosyncrasies have a remedy others ask only for tolerance II Be charitable Friends are not perfect neither is an older home III Caring takes repeated effort This aspect of friendship is less lofty and more mundane but nevertheless essential Once a problem is discovered always try to locate its source Do not postpone repairs which will eventually cause costly damage to the structure of the house When a home has been brought to a satisfactory condition inspect it once a year and the vulnerable areas more often to become alert to new problems IV Cultivate a sense of humor Even after the completion of a painstaking renovation absurd things can go wrong Sometimes all you can do is laugh A Future For The Past Part of the enchantment of older homes is discovering their exciting potential By learning what attractions and trouble spots to look for which remedies to select for maintenance and repair problems how to avoid costly mistakes what to ask professionals to do and how to evaluate their work and where to find replacements for worn out materials or missing parts you will be better prepared to conserve and enhance the best of an older home By approaching improvements with an attitude of enlightened and affectionate care you can carry out changes in a tender manner and avoid brutal remodeling Revitalizing an older house brings many rewards Among the returns from giving new life to an older home are joy and deep personal satisfaction The quality of the materials the

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/resourcecenter/preserve1b.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • CHHS: Guidelines For Caring For An Older Home
    up the home s personality Is it trim and formal Noble and dignified Natural and cozy Playful and unpredictable Determine the architectural style of the house and when it was built Allow the house to be itself and try to bring out its best qualities Be especially careful with highly visible areas such as the front facade Retain as much of the original house as possible When in doubt save what is there Avoid making irrevocable changes Protect the original parts Add new work in such a way that it can be undone later if necessary Do an honest job Respect the intrinsic worth of an older home Do not create an impostor pretending to belong to a period or style prior to the date the house was built Refrain from applying a faddish veneer or taking a cosmetic approach glossing over severe problems Repair whenever possible to keep the initial ingredients of the house intact Replace only when repair is not feasible using similar materials components dimensions and finishes Ruthless remodeling an unwise substitution of inappropriate modern materials and obvious imitations of original parts and materials will not only disfigure the historic character of the house but also reduce its financial value Remove any improper alterations such as imitation stone or asbestos siding preserve appropriate additions and put back missing original features if possible Seek the advice of a competent architect or contractor who is familiar with older houses when considering extensive repairs additions or replacements Cooperate with your neighbors when making decisions about exterior changes to a twin or row house These residences are meant to echo each other Check the municipal zoning ordinances and local building codes to be certain any proposed changes conform to zoning and code requirements The Resource Center at the Chestnut Hill Historical

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/resourcecenter/preserve1c.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • CHHS Resource Center: Weatherization
    historic homes in preparation for winter Want more Visit www PreservationNation org Weatherization If you have questions suggestions for topics we might address or know of materials that have been helpful to you please let us know You can call the Resource Center at 215 247 0417 or e mail us For further reading The National Trust for Historic Preservation s Weatherization Guide for Older Historic Buildings National Park Service

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/resourcecenter/rcref-winterprepvideo.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • CHHS: Germantown Avenue Tour Podcast
    Historic District A Walk on Germantown Avenue Podcast Download the individual audio files for the tour below All of the audio files also including the tour map can be downloaded in a zip file here The tour can also be accessed by cell phone by dialing 215 545 1539 then dial the site number followed by the sign There is no charge except for your minutes You can also take

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/avenue/podcast.htm (2016-04-26)
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  • Em Dash
    read the stories and view historic photos from the Historical Society s collection To navigate in the mobile web tour simply tap or click the right arrow to go to the next site the left arrow to return to the previous site and the home icon to return to the introduction page and list of sites To see larger versions of the photos on the individual site pages simply tap

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/avenue/help.html (2016-04-26)
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  • A Walk on Germantown Avenue
    A woman shows off her fetching spring bonnet on the 8500 block of Germantown Avenue c 1910 Across the street is Gillies Oyster Game Fish Market which operated from 1887

    Original URL path: http://www.chhist.org/avenue/intro-pic.html (2016-04-26)
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