In our area, especially in the town of Wayne proper as opposed to just the Wayne zip code, there are plenty of Victorian homes. The whole area was developed when Philadelphians were encouraged to purchase property outside of the city to escape the heat during the summer. The new train line, now known as The Main Line precipitated and helped this exodus from the city. Many of the new wealthy merchant class purchased land and built along the train line from Wynnewood, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, Devon to Paoli.
Whilst many of the homes used the same architects, like today, home designs used by builders are often from the same small number of designers and architects.
Last week as I was touring homes I came across one home that had a different architect to the norm. George Washington Maher, born on Christmas Day in 1864, he died September 12 1926. He blended Arts and Crafts motifs into the more traditional designs. He is well known in the Midwest but not so much in our area. His influence is compared to that of Frank Lloyd Wright's. His work showed creativity, freedom and originality and where as many homes were designed with separate rooms, his homes are known for their open flowing spaces.
I noticed the front door as I entered and from within the house it was delightful. There was lots of wood throughout the house and it was all gorgeous.But George Washington Maher developed what was called a Motif-Rhythm to create design unity in a building and its interior. He used a design over and over again, often a local flower, a geometric shape or a combination of the two. He believed these repetitive elements bound the design together. His use of Gothic arches throughout this home were evident.
They were repeated here in these glass doors allowing the light to progress to the central hall. Most Wayne Victorians are not like this.
When buying a home be it in Tredyffrin Easttown or nearby townships knowing how the home was built and noticing these unique elements is what adds value to a home. Sometimes it is easy to overlook when you focus on spaces and size, but a house is a sum of all its elements including Motif-Rhythms as well.
Let us help guide you when buying your next home, contact Nick at Nick@VandekarTeam.com, call office 610-225-7400 or cell 610-203-4543 for Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate, Radnor or any nearby township.