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William Lightfoot Price – From Wayne to Rose Valley – Video

2021-06-13T22:30:47-04:00June 13th, 2021|Video & Interactive|

On May 26th Scott Laughlin, Realtor and specialist in Will Price historic property marketing, presented an amazing history of the primary architect for the original developments of North and South Wayne.  Price designed over 100 houses in Radnor Township and beyond.  His career lasted only 38 years, but he left a lasting legacy in Wayne, then Overbrook Farms as the designer of model homes for developer/builders Wendell and Smith.

A ‘Medician Arcadia’ in the Catskills- Video

2021-06-13T21:51:52-04:00June 13th, 2021|Video & Interactive|

Tom Guiler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Public Humanities at the Winterthur Museum presented this lecture on “A ‘Medician Arcadia’ in the Catskills: Material Culture and Community at the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Community” on April 28, 2021 by Zoom.  He introduced us to the Byrdcliffe artist colony founded in 1902 in Woodstock, New York and described its importance in the Arts & Crafts movement in America.  Byrdcliffe still functions today and shares its rich artistic and social legacy with all visitors.

Virtual Night At The Museum

2020-09-30T16:39:07-04:00September 17th, 2020|Video & Interactive|

View the film screening of “I Am Known As An Artist, Wharton Esherick” and the following Q&A with Carolyn Coal, the writer and director. The Museum host for the evening is Board member Peter Howell, Rose Valley Museum

Hedgerow Theatre Puts Esherick Furnishings on the Auction Block

2020-02-11T10:18:36-05:00February 7th, 2020|Press|

By Joseph Brin

Hedgerow Theatre, America’s first resident repertory theater, has hit upon hard times. Founded in 1923 in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, the organization was championed by legendary furniture maker and sculptor Wharton Esherick. On March 31, looking for a quick fix, the theater’s board will sell off its inheritance of exemplary Esherick furniture. The orphaned pieces are now sitting in the queue at Freeman’s auction houses in Wayne and at 2400 Market Street in Philadelphia. Eight handcrafted, hammer handle wood chairs and three tables with Esherick’s charming trademark incised into vintage, burnished surfaces will go to the highest bidder. The right buyer may also walk into the venerated theater with a crow bar and cart off an original, built-in Esherick staircase.

Read the full article at the Hidden City website.

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.”