Five treasured places have joined the Chestnut Hill Historical Society's Architectural Hall of Fame, a distinguished list of Chestnut Hill's most beloved buildings, structures, and landscapes, chosen by over 1,400 votes from the general public. (Read more about the inductees.)
We celebrated them at a sold-out gala this past weekend, held at the stunning Chestnut Hill home of Karen and Jeff Regan. What a truly magical setting! Charleston SC-based auctioneer George Read led the evening's program with his marvelous aplomb, helping to raise an additional $10,000+ through the Auction and Fund-In-Need. This was a thrilling gathering of the many people in the community who genuinely love architecture and design, open space, and, of course, Chestnut Hill.
"The Architectural Hall of Fame celebrates Chestnut Hill as one of America's most architecturally significant communities," said CHHS Executive Director Lori Salganicoff.
"The community is blessed with outstanding examples of architecture spanning four centuries, along with stunning natural landscape that weaves throughout. Chestnut Hill is not only a historic place but one where great design thrives into the future, as evident by the large number of votes for a building that's just a few years old -- 614 St. Andrews Rd., designed in the Philadelphia Modernist tradition by Elie-Antoine Atallah in 2013."
Over 200 people attended the gala, which was sponsored by Bacchus Catering, Dennis F. Meyer Inc., Generation 3 Electric, and Old Village Master Painters, and featured Liberty gin donated by Palmer Distilling Company, wine donated and poured by Moore Brothers Wine Company, decor by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird, champagne donated by Kurfiss Sotheby's, and desserts donated by Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. Additional sponsors included Bowman Properties, George Woodward Company, Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Krieger + Associates Architects, Kurtz Construction. Matthew Millan Architects, the Nottingham-Goodman Group of Merrill Lynch Bank of America, Pure Insurance, Regan Construction, Regan Kline Cross, Tallulah & Bird, and media sponsor Chestnut Hill Local.
"The Architectural Hall of Fame serves the Chestnut Hill Historical Society's mission to protect and manage change in the built environment by raising community awareness about its irreplaceable assets," Salganicoff said. "And it honors the efforts that current stewards are making, which are essential."
Once more, we warmly thank our Architectural Hall of Fame Gala committee members, benefactors, sponsors, and our hands-down SPECTACULAR hosts and co-chairs, Karen and Jeff Regan!
We cannot thank you all enough!