Since 1867, the completely brick Dr. Samuel R. Rittenhouse Home has withstood the test of time and remains about 300 feet from what is now Macangji’s main street.
But under the proposal, it will be demolished and replaced by a storehouse.
“Anyone who is quite familiar with and sensitive to architecture will find that this house is very different. That is the overall point of wanting to preserve architecture,” said architectural historian Greg.・ Hoover said. “This is a very distinctive architecture.”
According to a report made by Hoover, it is a three-section house containing 3,500 to 4,000 square feet.
He added that the area of the house is unique and partly noteworthy. It is because of the nearly flat roof with a pitch of 5 to 7 degrees, but other homes can generally have a roof pitch of 30 to 40 degrees.
Other features include a basement route cellar and the original fireplace that remains in the kitchen.
The house is currently rented out to residents who have requested that it not be quoted. The property owner, 178 WestMain, LP, was unable to contact after being asked to comment many times.
According to Zoning documents, a four-story self-storage building to replace the residential building will be proposed by Stack Storage and will be located in the Main Street Commons subdivision of the General Commercial Zoning District.
Joseph Peterson, Head of Zoning and Code Enforcement, said the zoning council of the autonomous region approved the dismantling, but Stack Storage still needs to submit its preliminary plans to Macangji’s planning committee. He was aware of the proposed demolition before the inhabitants moved in and said it was his understanding to live there every month.
Real estate owners are also proposing to have the Macungie Historical Society remove all items that it considers worth saving, such as doors, windows, and fixtures.
Nache Nielson, Vice President of Development for Stack Storage, said the house was considered historic and did not meet the requirement of being exempt from demolition.according to Macungie OrdinanceThe Zoning Hearing Board should consider the following factors when determining whether a building is historically or architecturally important before it is destroyed:
- The importance of the building as part of the life of a historical event or historical figure.
- If the building contains architectural features, details, materials, or craftsmanship that are important when viewed from the street.
- If the building is an integral part of the old cityscape and offers the familiar visual features of the neighborhood.
- When a building may be registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
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When asked to answer Hoover’s claim to the historic value of the house, Neilson said he referred to Richard Grab and Associates and made a report on the historic value.
Bob Wise, chief architectural historian, declined to comment and asked lawyer Chris McLean a question. Chris McLean wasn’t contacted after being asked for comment many times.
Hoover later admitted that this was unlikely, although he wanted the building to remain standing, adding that he wanted at least a written record of what the building was and its history.
“(The suggestion) will change the look of the once very quiet district,” Hoover said. “The community doesn’t know about it.”
The actual Dr. Rittenhaus was born in 1832 in Upper Providence Township and died in Reading in 1895.
Rittenhaus studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced homeopathy. Hoover said it would include taking a small portion of the illness and referencing it to the patient as a means of treatment.
Hoover is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lower Macan Ghee History Association and has been involved in architectural history full-time for the past 20 years.
It was proposed that a 155-year-old Macanzie house would be demolished for storage.
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