Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL

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The Moyer-Metzger Manse: A Portrait of Revival

In choosing the 2016 Show House, the Society of the Arts (SOTA) wanted to celebrate the renaissance of downtown Allentown while paying homage to the home’s previous incarnation as the Ralph Metzger Photography Studio. Built in 1903 on Hamilton Street then known as ‘Mansion Row’, the Shingle-style house is now a single-family home that is being restored to its former glory by top local interior designers and landscapers.

The architectural details are stunning: French doors with intricate arched mullions, fluted wood door jambs, an elaborate terrazzo and tile floor, ornate plaster moldings, built-in window seats, dazzling stained-glass windows and a grand staircase that provided the backdrop to many a wedding photo.

The interior designers are recreating the age of elegance when the home was at the center of Allentown’s social scene, while at the same time keeping the comfort and livability favored by the current owners. The landscapers are reviving a city garden while creating a private urban oasis.


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