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The Legacy of Architect William Price Lives On In Rose Valley

2020-02-09T17:10:28-05:00January 9th, 2020|Press|

By J. F. Pirro

From Thunderbird Lodge to Hedgerow Theatre to historic private homes, the late Wallingford native’s pioneering work can be seen throughout the borough.

George Thomas was a 25-year-old graduate student studying art history at the University of Pennsylvania when, in 1970, he spent $75 on thousands of glass plates and film negatives. It was to be his food money for the month, but he had a good feeling about his Freeman’s auction acquisition, which came wrapped in paper and manila envelopes from the office of William Lightfoot Price. “I only knew that he was a Philadelphia architect,” Thomas says now.

The purchase eventually led to a doctoral dissertation guided by a question: How could a designer who reshaped the architecture of his time suddenly
be forgotten?

“Will invented what led into Art Deco,” says Thomas. “Everyone still calls it Art Deco, but it was actually Art Price.”


Antique cookie event at Rose Valley Museum

2020-02-07T14:56:43-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Press|

By Leslie Krowchenko, Special to the Times

ROSE VALLEY — Ryan Berley does quite a bit of research as curator of Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge.

He didn’t have to look far, however, to find a recipe for sand tarts.

The museum provided the dough, ovens and antique cookie cutters and nearly two dozen guests selected their favorite designs at Sand Tarts and Schnitte. Berley, co-owner of The Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, presented a slide show and talk as the buttery shapes baked into crispy treats.

Foundation Gets Grant to Restore Historic Rose Valley Lodge.

2020-02-10T13:37:33-05:00July 18th, 2019|Press|


By Leslie Krowchenko

ROSE VALLEY — At the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” when Major Eaton claims the government has “top men working on it” as the Ark of the Covenant is rolled into storage, Indiana Jones grumbles, “They don’t know what they’ve got there.”

The Rose Valley Centennial Foundation has always known what it had in Thunderbird Lodge.

The foundation, which is seeking to raise $1 million to restore the structure, built in 1904 by Arts and Crafts community founder William Price, has been awarded a $99,788 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Keystone Historical Preservation Grant program. Refurbishing the building is the foundation’s signature project and the 50/50 matching grant, presented during a recent ceremony at the site, will be used to replace portions of the roof, exterior masonry and stucco.