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LaRonda - gone but not forgotten

LaRonda - gone but not forgotten

 

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

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