On Saturday, December 8th we headed out with a few friends to see some beautiful homes and architecture in Media as part of the Media Historical Society’s Candlelight House Tour. Our first stop was Christ Episcopal Church, located at 311 S. Orange Street in Media. Built in 1858 by local architect Samuel Sloan, this structure is one of the first churches in Media. The interior woodwork is breathtaking.
We walked our way over to Monroe Street and were happy that this particular home was on the tour because we have been admiring the glass orbs for years! They are especially enchanting at night! Beautifully redone, this home featured glass scuplture by artist Tom Rupnicki and paintings by Judy Fowler.
There were two homes on Edgmont Street–the kind of homes that make buyers drool. These homes were purchased with renovations in mind, and each did an amazing job. Both homes were built in the 1920s and an interesting fact is that one of them was built with the use of local prisoners. I was particularly delighted by the fact that one has its very own chicken coop! Who says you can’t be self-sustaining and live within walking distance to downtown Media?
The oohs and ahs were audible, as visitors took mental pictures of decorating ideas and creative uses of space. My realtor brain was thinking “Visual Tour” to capture every detail. Regrettably, interior photographs were not permitted.
The light was fading fast and we had time for only one more stop. We concluded our tour at the Providence Friends Meeting House on Providence Road. We were greeted by one of the Friends, and heard a fascinating history of the land and the community, dating back to 1684. Providence Friends is considered the oldest faith community in Media. The rear of the church houses a large cemetary, which backs up the the neighborhood of Bowling Green. I’m sure it will prove to be an interesting place to investigate further.
As we headed back to our friends’ house for dinner, this house was crying for attention. Who could resist? It was not on the official candlelight tour but it won an “A” for spirit in my book!
If you love Media, history or real estate, I highly recommend this annual tour. It’s a great way to savor the holidays and spend a leisurely day with friends while supporting the Media Histornical Society.
I wish you a happy holiday season and wonderful new year!