Home Stretch: Sprint to the Finish for East Falls House Party!

Unbelievable progress in Hohenadel House’s ballroom, thank goodness — the party is this Saturday, yeep!

Let’s recap the incredible effort Mike and his crew have made, and give a huuuuge high five to Patrick the Plasterer — pulled from retirement as a personal favor to Tom from Epicure.

Last week.

Can you imagine Patrick’s face when he first saw this rush restoration job?

7-6 ballroom ceiling into conservator PM start

Patrick got right down to business patching holes and building out the dramatic molding that’d need the Greek fret relief recreated to match the rest.

Collage getting started holes ceiling PM text

To fabricate the relief, they cut zillions of these skinny little sticks, which they painstakingly measured & laid out by hand to replicate the Hellenic pattern:

collage ballroom ceiling
To recreate other details, like these funky mythological characters above, the crew is using dental mold!

And they’ve been chugging along!

Patrick 10-10 lines for relief COLLAGE PM

10-14 fret relief almost done COLLAGE PM text

10-15 even more progress PM text

In other news, our Pop Up Museum is… popping up nicely, thank you.  Steve got together with local collector and artifact expert Aaron Bechtel to discuss display, labeling, and lighting. 

Pop Up Museum collage

Initially the plan had been to stage the “Conservatory” with china cabinets full of items, but with the party gaining momentum space is at a premium. Plus, Aaron was struck by the beautiful Hohenadel built-in (hidden!) liquor cabinet of imported Zebra wood from Africa.

How fitting, to return Hohenadel’s bottles to his own private hutch for a night!

Aaron’s antique bottles are not only beautiful, but they’re  a wealth of historical information — each one is a little signature of who made it, and where.  In addition to Aaron’s hoard of East Falls brewery bottles (and some Hohenadel breweriana), the East Falls Historical Society will present items from an archeological dig at the Bathey (Trolley Car cafe).

brewer collage

Finally, we’re so very honored to welcome our esteemed and multi-talented local brew celebs: 

First, award-winning craft brewer, Tom Coughlin, who will be pouring his recreated Hohenadel lager this Saturday. Tom’s also a train aficionado whose blog may make your romantic heart swoon.

We’re also pleased as (Fish House) punch to welcome Philadelphia’s top beer historian, Rich Wagner to Hohenadel House. Rich wrote “the book” on Philadelphia beer history. You may have seen Rich at one of the many festivals and historical society events where his colonial brewing demonstrations are popular and delicious.

In addition, we’re also thrilled to have Lou Farrell, head brewer at Dock Street “back in the day,” and the first pub owner to ever earn admission to the prestigious Master Brewers of America Association.

Joe Getz of Kurant Hand Crafted Ciders, rounds out the bill. Experienced in both beer & wine, cider has become his true passion — in particular, cider made with the delicious Pennsylvania apples he loves for such a perfect variety of flavor notes to play with. Joe’s local cider would’ve been the drink of choice for East Falls locals up until the 18th century, when German lager gained popularity.

lager in a tall glass with flags TRY EF LAGER

Things are sure coming together nicely for October 18th. Cheers, dears!


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