Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LaRonda - gone but not forgotten

LaRonda - gone but not forgotten

0 comments

 

This just in from Foerd Ames, a descendant of the Foerderer family that commissioned and had built in 1929 the Bryn Mawr mansion known as LaRonda. You will recall it was demolished several years ago by a private owner who wanted to build a more modern home on the Roscommon Road property.

 

Ames says: I write to inform that in Bryn Mawr they still discuss La Ronda's destruction:

 

http://www.properphiladelphia.com/la-ronda-revisited/

 

... despite strong opinion and misinformation from a certain ilk who bend opinion of truth toward convenience:

 

http://articles.philly.com/2011-05-20/news/29564433_1_la-ronda-preservationists-property-rights/2

 

Particularly: "The structure was, in all respects, wholly incompatible with modern residential living. It was dank, cathedral-like, and in no respect reminiscent of a family home. Its ill maintenance and structural disrepair were so evident, meanwhile, that any reasonable new owner would conclude that the structure could no longer be preserved."

 

I know the battle is over, but here goes anyway:

 

"Cathedral-like..." Indeed. Problem?

"Dank"? I do not recall that feeling, especially, amongst the antiquities and floor coverings. The great hall, library, and even dining room, on sunny days, were open bright spaces.

"In no respect reminiscent of a family home"- In my opinion, a strong affront to families who enjoyed the place. I'm glad our Foerderer folks did not have to endure such drivel (though maybe they did, during tenancy, via neighborhood whispers- I do not know, but can imagine).

"Its ill maintenance and structural disrepair were so evident..."- Total nonsense. Having heard that line at my 2009 town meeting visit, I made sure to visit La Ronda before significant dismantling, and was amazed by its integrity after all the years. It was in great shape.

 

I feel sad that I didn't have the guts to follow through on my instincts during 2009. I actually considered encamping in La Ronda, despite all the ramifications. In hindsight, I really DO wish I made a stink.

 

Foerd

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Montco Memo, a blog written by Inquirer staffer Jessica Parks, covers police and courts, issues and community news in Montgomery County.

Carolyn Davis
Jessica Parks
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter