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.
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.
“The Arts & Crafts Tile: The Influence of Henry Chapman Mercer” a lecture by Vance Koehler given on March 31, 2021. An independent scholar and former curator at the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, Mr. Koehler is a preeminent historian of Moravin and Enfield tiles which decorate many of the homes in Rose Valley.
Take a ride around a few streets in Rose Valley in a 1925 Model T depot truck. this video was made for the 2021 National Arts and Crafts Conference which was a virtual event for this year.
Watch “Anna Howard Shaw and the Vote for Women”, a lecture by Ms. Nancy Webster, local independent scholar. Lecture was originally given on November 17, 2020. Rose Valley Museum
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
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.
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
“Will invented what led into Art Deco,” says Thomas. “Everyone still calls it Art Deco, but it was actually Art Price.”