To make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.
And to renovate a historic building, you almost always have to tear out a whole lot of it before you can rebuild, whether you’re restoring it to its original state or to an adapted re-use.
Ernst Brothers is fortunate to be involved in many exciting projects, often of structures whose communities feel a real sense of interest, appreciation and even love. Such is the case with Ernst’s current project, the former Moose Lodge in Doylestown.
The imposing brick building at 127 East State Street began life in 1913 as clubhouse for Lodge 1284, Loyal Order of the Moose. Designed by renowned local architect Oscar Martin, the Moose occupied the landmark structure for nearly 100 years. In 2009 the community landmark underwent an extensive interior renovation to become The Standard Club, a private dining club known for chef Justin McClain’s culinary expertise using ingredients from local farms and banquet facility used by community organizations, service clubs and private groups.
For the next couple of weeks, the old Moose Lodge is being readied for its next incarnation. Eron Ahmeti and his crew from Premier Demolition in Pottstown – one of Ernst Brothers’ respected trade contractors – have the task of breaking a few eggs so Ernst can make a lovely omelet. The project, called simply 127 East, requires a nearly complete gutting of the interior, including removing walls, floors and years of improvements in order to make room for two 4,000sf luxury condominium flats.
Many may never see the new interiors, but it’s quite nice to know that the exterior will retain certain elements that we associate with this cherished landmark. To restore the 1913 appearance, Ernst is replacing all the windows with the modern-day equivalent of the cast-iron casements specified by Oscar Martin and removing the stucco that “modernized” the light block façade. Plans include leaving the iconic cast-metal moose head atop the front elevation to continue its century-plus gaze down State Street toward the town’s center.
Why not join us over the coming months as we write about and share images of the evolution of the Moose into luxury condos? There’s a lot to see and learn, and we’ll take you inside to explore.
Interested in owning a piece of this Doylestown landmark? For luxury living in the center of historic Doylestown Borough please contact Jennifer Walton of Weichert Realtors at 215-262-2509 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org