Sunday, August 18, 2019

1306 Penn Avenue Home, Wilkinsburg

Today's post comes to you thanks to someone who sent me a message about 1306 Penn Avenue. He wanted to confirm that this now-vacant house is a Scheibler house.

It is. It was built in 1909 for Dr. James M. McNall. At the time, it had a garage, which has since been demolished. This was during the period in which Scheibler's homes were modest, but still included sophisticated artistic details and stunning art glass. In his book The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Martin Aurand uses a photo of a window in this house to exemplify how Scheibler "embraced the seeming dichotomy of nature vis-à-vis technology, as he revealed by his art-glass irises and I-beam lintels."

from The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler by Martin Aurand

It appears that the most recent inhabitant has passed away, and the property is becoming a bit overgrown.

I'm grateful to the reader for sending me the following photos so we can check out the details. When I asked him if he could send me a picture, he offered me 13! Now you can enjoy them too and imagine the thrill of exploring it in person! They have a bit of a haunted quality as the house has been left alone for a while.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

107 South Knight Avenue, Margate City, NJ

This 1927 home is a real departure from what I usually show you.

According to Martin Aurand's The Progressive Architecture Of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr, Scheibler created two homes on the Jersey shore for Eva Harter. Yes, this Eva Harter, from the amazing Harter House in Pittsburgh.

Here is 107 South Knight Avenue in Margate City, NJ. I wasn't able to find much about this or the extent of its renovations. This four-bedroom beach house was last sold for $1,825,000.

I'll try to see what I can dig up on the other Harter beach house, 109 South Washington Avenue in Ventnor City, NJ:

Minnetonka Building, 5425-5431 Walnut Street

It's been a while, but I have two updates for you today.

The Scheibler house at 2619 Shady Avenue is listed for sale, so I updated its post with new photos of the inside of the house. You can see them here.

And, I recently grabbed some shots of the Minnetonka Building at 5425-5431 Walnut Street in Shadyside. This building is home to Shadyside Variety Store, Mazur Galleries, Cappy’s Cafe, and 8 one-bedroom apartments.

You should start here to see photos and a complete description by Martin Aurand, author of The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr. He writes that the building was designed for Edward C. Wefing, a real estate man with visionary expectations for Walnut Street. When the store and apartment building was erected in 1908, it was one of the most urbane commercial buildings in the entire city, and was by far the grandest structure on a street with only a few shops.

Photograph by Martin Aurand

Aurand writes, "The building’s three-story height, horizontality, and the arrangement of the apartments around two entries recall Scheibler’s Old Heidelberg apartment building; but here the roof is flat, the entries are accented rather than minimized, and there are no suburban amenities like porches and plantings.

White brick yields a hard planar surface on the building’s upper stories and sides. The nearly flush windows (now altered) feature Scheibler’s trademark exposed steel I-beam lintels.  A stucco panel at the center of the facade features half-timbering and narrow green art-glass windows.  Scars remain from a pair of metalwork light fixtures that originally broke the plane of the façade.  Bands of stucco and bowed windows round the corners of the building to unify the front and sides.  Such rounded corner treatments were popular urban devices in contemporary Vienna, and Scheibler may have referred to such buildings in developing his design."

Keep reading here.

Minnetonka Building, 1908

Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr.

Abigail thanks you for reading.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Scheibler Stained Glass Restoration Projects

Head over to Glenn Greene's Instagram, where I found these two photos of Frederick G. Scheibler stained glass restoration projects!

Click the pics below to view them, or, better yet, head over to Instagram to see lots of great stained glass for yourself. 

These came from the Whitehall Apartments. More info and pics of the building here!

The Old Heidelberg apartments have the same ceiling over the front staircase.

Abigail says, "Thanks for reading!"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7510 Trevanion Avenue: The Hellmund House -- Treasure Trove of Photos!

I have a real treat for you today! Paul, the present owner of the Hellmund House at 7510 Trevanion Avenue, generously gave me a tour of his home. It is unbelievable. It is also for sale. You can check out the listing here.

Paul and his wife have done an amazing job restoring and updating the house, paying great respect to Frederick Scheibler's work. I could post a hundred photos from my visit, but I narrowed it down to my 30-some favorites. 

I first wrote about this house in 2013. Here's what I wrote:

"I love the surprising shape of this house. The front door isn't stuck on the front of the house; it's tucked into a little cutaway. There are arches, geometric shapes, stone mosaics, leaded and art glass, stone walkways, French doors leading onto a balcony, surprising angles, a chimney and a patio.

In The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Martin Aurand says that the house has an "obsession with corners," since the main entry opens at a corner of the house and every room is entered at a corner.

He also writes that "The rooms abound with built-in cabinets, fireplaces with inset tiles, and an array of custom-designed lamps ranging from a bejeweled urn to a futuristic recessed ceiling fixture. This abundance of inventive detail turns the house into a jewel box."

According to Aurand, the Hellmunds chose Scheibler as their architect because they lived in the  Meado'cots. Rudolph E. Hellmund was a prestigious engineer and inventor who spent his leisure time gardening. He and his wife had a love affair with their house, calling it by the affectionate German diminutive, their Hausen."

From Martin Aurand's "The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr."

Amazing outdoor space to the side and rear of the home

So many original light fixtures remain!

Let's go inside! There's a treat immediately inside the front door -- a treasure trove of stained glass!

As you can see in the next picture, these panels of irises sit immediately inside the front entry.

Right around the corner from the front door comes the "ladies' parlor."

Look at the poppies in this amazing stained glass piece!

The stairway pops you into a spread of 5 rooms. Check out the closet on the left!

This is the room Mr. Hellmund used as his office.

The bedroom has a surprise powder room! Paul slid back what looked like a closet door to reveal this little space. It used to be a single-stall shower, which they converted into a powder room.

Paul told me that the original blueprint shows a fireplace instead of this set of built-in shelves.

Paul and his wife updated this amazing kitchen.

Here you can see one of the built-in china cabinets.

Paul and his wife created this amazing basement space.

I'm so grateful to Paul for showing me around his home ... and I'm jealous of the lucky person or family that gets to live here. I hope they love all the amazing details! I hope you enjoyed it too!

P.S. Here's a link to a Post-Gazette article with more photos and info.