Olde Good Things, an architectural salvage company based in Pennsylvania and
Los Angeles, is selling salvaged architectural elements from the recently razed
1929 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania estate “La Ronda”. The Spanish Gothic Mansion was
“the last commissioned Addison Mizner work north of the Mason-Dixon line.”
I first heard the sad story of La Ronda from All the Best‘s Ronda Carmen here.
Sadly, no one was able to halt the destruction of this historic mansion.
Just received news of the sale through their newsletter.
These salvaged cast stone gnomes were part of the
frieze detailing above…
Glorious cast stone Moorish style arches
buttressing stained glass windows…
Incredible vaulted ceiling and resplendent colonnade
of intricately cast stone window arches, stair rail, overdoor…
Detail of cast stone arch…
I’ve seen salvaged stone arches set into
a garden wall as a dramatic portal…
Stunning and unforgettable….
Coffered ceiling: 36 sections in very good condition as well as much
of the crown molding and molding that went between the sections.
This link here shows the process of removal of one of the arches.
Grateful for the efforts to salvage the architectural treasures, but
clearly a bittersweet, second best outcome…
Read the full story at All the Best
Also covered at Elements of Style here
Post mortum analysis here