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old lancaster road

Summary: 13,000 square feet
Address: 204-206-208 Old Lancaster Road, Devon, PA

Opportunity
The building was originally a country farmhouse built in the 1800’s and later served as a public school for Radnor Township in the 1940′s and 1950′s until it was bought by an insulation manufacturing and installation company in the 1960’s. The property was then sold to a furniture restoration company in 1994. Over the years the building was not being maintained and had fallen into a state of severe disrepair and became functionally inefficient. While others saw an abandoned dilapidated eyesore Endeavor saw an architecturally unique redevelopment located in the heart of Philadelphia’s prestigious “Main Line.”
 
Resolution
Endeavor worked closely with the local civic community and municipality to create an architecturally sensitive historic restoration. Located within a predominately residential neighborhood, 1008 Upper Gulph has a very commanding presence. Further, the views from within the building are extremely unique offering breathtaking views of the St David’s Golf Course as well as dramatic views of Valley Forge Military Academy.
    -1008 offers architecturally diverse office space with dramatic combinations of exposed stone walls, brick columns and exposed brick walls, and truly breathtaking 25 foot high ceilings on the third floor with dramatic large wood trusses.
    -The building was reduced to shell condition prior to being totally improved with a brand new state of the art mechanical system, new roof, all new electrical and plumbing, sprinklers throughout as well as the latest in life safety and alarm systems.
    -Building is located adjacent to a public 3-acre park that provides occupants of the building with access to picnic tables, basketball courts, baseball field and walking areas.

Benefit
Endeavor was able to restore an architectural gem to its almost original 1800’s form through an in depth restoration and today the building houses the headquarters of four local companies. The local community benefited since Endeavor was able to allow residents to connect to the adjacent park and church through a new walking trail and sidewalk. The building was reassessed as an office building and the township & county’s tax base grew as a result of the reassessment.