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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…


Click Olde Good Things for additional items or here for their blog…

Read the full story at All the Best

Also covered at Elements of Style here

Post mortum analysis here