2207 Harcourt Drive (1993)


Built in 1906 as a part of the new development of Ambler Heights, this spacious center hall Georgian Revival is gracefully framed by two sycamore trees at least its age. The home's fifth, and present, owners bought the house three years ago and have renovated and restored the property.


The focus of the house is its spectacular grand staircase, which has been recently refinished to its former glory. Full-length windows on two floors expand the space and highlight the sculptural quality of the staircase. The large living room to the left of the hallway includes pocket doors and an elegant fireplace with corniced columns. The dining room contains an arts and crafts style credenza with similar columns and lovely stained glass, painstakingly restored by the owners.


A back porch was combined with the existing space to create a lovely dining area and an expanded kitchen area with a very functional cooking island. The owners retained the original butler's pantry cabinets between the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen overlooks a lovely circular garden and a carriage house which originally housed several horses in addition to an upstairs groomsman's quarters. A deck across the eastern end of the house is a recent addition.


The house contains four bedrooms on the second floor and several maids' rooms on the third. Many intriguing oil paintings in diverse styles by Paula Neufeld, a great-aunt of one of the owners, grace the living areas of the house.