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Overview

“Schoenhaus” still crowns a hill above Rose Valley, once the nation’s premier experimental utopian community.  The grand house, its formal gardens, water tower, pergola, and office are all that remain of the more than the 400 acres of orchards and … Continue

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American Homes and Gardens, June 1906

The author, in the old-fashioned flowery phrasing of that era, describes how Osborne’s 1862 stone farm house was transformed into the magnificent Schoen Haus. Continue

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Sine Nomine Magazine, August 1913

This brief article, that appeared in a local magazine, contains some interesting information about the Schoens and how they lived in the early 1900s. Continue

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Old-House Journal, February 2010

The 2008 restoration was the cover story in this issue, written by its editor-in-chief, who had spent a whole day visiting the site. Her article won an Eddie, the magazine industry’s equivalent of an Oscar, in its category. The pictures were taken by noted photographer Tom Crane. Continue

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Four Architects

While the Manor House at Rose Valley Farm has the look and feel of a Mediterranean villa, there have been four architects, working for its four owners, each of whom have contributed to the final result. Continue

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Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2010

When the restoration won a grand jury award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer did an article in their real estate section. Continue

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Resources

This is a selection of references to owners and craftsmen who are important in the history of Rose Valley Farm. Continue

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Studio Information

Introduction Schoen’s former office is Lot 46 on the Traymore subdivision plan, consisting of 0.49 acres, and is separately taxed. The Shepards are willing to convey this parcel by separate deed, but only to someone also buying the Manor House … Continue

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Arts & Crafts Homes, Summer 2011

This article features the exterior and landscaping from the 2008 restoration, again with photographs taken by Tom Crane. Continue

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Style 1900, Fall 2011

This article is really about Rose Valley itself and its being named an historic district by the US Department of the Interior, but does contain a picture of the manor house. It contains helpful information about the community in which Rose Valley Farm is located. Continue

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