Who’ll toll the bell?
Hasta la vista, La Ronda.
It appears the only place you will be able to see Addison Mizner’s quirky Bryn Mawr mansion will be in pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Local press reports that a demolition permit has been issued for the 1929 mansion, giving former owner Arthur J. Kania right to move in for salvage of the building’s extensive architectural features. Removing windows, stained glass, tilework, doorways, grills, stonework is tantamount to demolition, since it leaves only a shell of a building.
Following the 30-day salvage period, the anonymous current owner may raze the remaining structure.
Kania wrote, in a letter to Lower Merion officials, that he intends to donate the items to the Philadelphia Museum of Art — to preserve them. The Philadelphia Inquirer was unable to confirm whether the museum had been contacted about a donation.
Floridian Benjamin Wohl, who has stood outside the gates of the Mizner mansion for days attempting to purchase and then move the building, has been unable to work out a deal with Kania for the salvage rights and the owner for the building. The current owner was unwilling to negotiate until Wohl secured the rights from Kania.
So it appears that it is not the current owner who has brought about the building’s end, but the man who lived in it for decades and who profited $6m when he sold it. Thirty days and counting, til the walls come tumbling down. Unless….
Philadelphia Inquirer coverage here.
KYW News Radio here.
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