Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The HVAC company in Souderton purchased the property in October. The demolition is needed for better truck traffic to its feed mill
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, January 2
Moyer Indoor/Outdoor is set to demolish the Reliance Inn, which was recently purchased by the HVAC and pool maintenance company. According to Theresa Hegel of PhillyBurbs.com, the former restaurant and inn at East Reliance Road and South Fourth Street will be demolished by the beginning of February. Moyer Indoor/Outdoor purchased the property for $290,000 in October, according to Montgomery County records. The reason for demolition: Better truck traffic to Moyer Indoor/Outdoor’s feed mill, according to the article. The three-story building was built in 1882. When Moyer Indoor/Outdoor owner David Moyer was asked by Hegel about preserving the building, Moyer said his company has been around longer, even before Souderton was incorporated. …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Mike Hart of Hartland Demolition is knocking down the stone structure today and Monday. Destroyed by a fire Jan. 13, it was one of the oldest homes in Lansdale.
The walls are tumblin’ down on one of the oldest homes in Lansdale. Mike Hart of Hartland Demolition Group in Lower Salford is in the process of demolishing the Mattero farmhouse at the corner of Seventh Street and Kenilworth Avenue. The farmhouse was ravaged by a fire in January. “I’ll be hot and heavy into it on Monday,” he said. “I’m chewing into the front of it a little bit. There’s a load in there. We’ll be knocking the walls down and everything else.” Hart said there was no chance of rebuilding the home. “Anybody can see the place is totaled,” he said. “The stone was all scorched, and all the internals were burned out completely. It would be a costly rebuild. It’s just not worth it.” Hart, who demolished the burned-down Lans-Bowl …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Mike Hart, of Hartland Demolition and Restoration, will be given the 2011 Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement Award for saving historic structures in Montgomery and Bucks counties.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, March 21, 2011
Preservationist Mike Hart, of Lower Salford, will receive the seventh annual Edwin G. Holl Historic Achievement Award at the Lansdale Historical Society’s annual banquet April 19. Hart, owner of Hartland Demolition and Restoration Co., has intervened to save dozens of historically-significant structures over the past decade, many of them in Montgomery and Bucks counties. He is the founder of the nonprofit Foundation for Historic Building Rescue, which was created to preserve historic architecture and enlighten the public to its value in our changing communities. In cases where structures cannot be saved intact, the foundation dismantles them and reuses the materials. A recent example is the former Salford Station railroad bridge, which …
Friday, February 25, 2011
The Store remains one of the oldest family-run businesses in the North Penn area.
Businesses come and go. Some succeed, and some just fade away. Then there are those that not only succeed, but they go on to become an institution in the neighborhood. The Store at Towamencin may just be the oldest family-run business in the Lansdale area, with its inception dating to 1952 when Irv Lopoten opened for business in almost the exact location of today’s store on Allentown Road near Forty Foot Road. Today, The Store is run by Irv’s sons, Ron and Joel Lopoten. Back then, Irv was a salesman, and he had his eye on a building that was operating as a general store at the time. After convincing the owner to rent the store to him, Irv began what we know today as The Store, which sold a variety of merchandise—from clothing to …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The home that burned to its shell Wednesday reignited twice since then
The historic home that burned to its shell Wednesday afternoon at Seventh Street and Kenilworth Avenue has rekindled twice since then. Fairmount Fire Co. was re-dispatched to the site Wednesday evening to extinguish the fire, and were re-dispatched a second time Thursday afternoon. The roof caught fire shortly after 3 p.m., causing minor flames and smoke Fire crews blocked off Seventh Street, and Kenilworth and Towamencin avenues while the fought the small blaze. Stay tuned to Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch for details.
The 18th-century home at Seventh and Kenilworth in Lansdale burned to its shell Wednesday
One of the oldest homes in Lansdale, dating to the 18th Century, went up in flames Wednesday afternoon – nearly 200 years after a fire burned it down to its shell. The home at the corner of Seventh Street and Kenilworth Avenue is owned by Joe Mattero Jr. and located next door to his business, Mattero Recycling. The family was renting out the home to an Italian family, according to Mary Anne Mattero. By 1:30 p.m., the roof of the stucco Old Colonial structure was engulfed in flames. Black smoke darkened the winter afternoon sky, blocking out the sun peeking through the clouds. Specks of ash danced in the winter wind. The scene was all too reminiscent of other Lansdale disasters like Lans-Bowl and last March’s Fourth Street fire. A gaping …