Article By: ELLEN WILSON Special to The Press
‘Portrait of Revival’
Moyer-Metzger Manse is SOTA’s 2016 Show House
The Society of the Arts (SOTA) opens the doors of the Moyer-Metzger Manse as part of its biannual “SOTA Show House” fundraiser. Proceeds from “A Portrait of Revival: The Moyer-Metzger Manse” support the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
The home, built in 1903 and designed by New York Architect E.S. Child, is at 1406 Hamilton St., Allentown, and is part of the city’s “Mansion Row.” The Shingle-style house was built for the Charles Moyer family.
During the 1940s, the house changed hands and became the Metzger Photo Studio, well-known to long-time Lehigh Valley residents. More recently, the house had been used as a private school.
The owners of the 5,400-square-foot house home, and new residents of the city, Mar Haeussler and John Clarry, opened their home in early March to a collection of 27 talented Lehigh Valley interior designers and landscapers. Since then, these artists have been working on all aspects of the design process, vision, planning and production, to create a finished product that suits the home and highlights the range of their professional abilities.
Mar Haeussler is an executive with Olympus and is on the boards of the Allentown YMCA and YWCA and West Park Civic Association. John Clarry teaches at Cedar Crest College and Rutgers University. Tom Yuracka, president, West Park Civic Association, suggested the home as SOTA’s 2016 Show House.
Jill Weinhold, co-chair of the bi-annual event, says, “We are thrilled to have the Moyer-Metzger Manse, as we’re calling it, as SOTA’s 2016 Show House. It fits perfectly with what is happening in downtown Allentown and the city’s amazing revival.”
Val Johnson, Jill’s Co-chair, adds, “As in previous years, some of the most exciting designers in the area have been engaged, and there will be many opportunities to tour the home, both independently and with guided tours.”
The Press had the opportunity to walk through the empty home before work was started. It is an exquisite structure full of intricate details not found in modern architecture. Large bay windows, spanning a full wall in some rooms, allow a great deal of natural light to enter the home.
A grand staircase greets you when you enter the front door, leading to a beautiful three-paneled stained glass window with built-in seats on the landing, overlooking the large backyard. Numerous other turn-of-the-century architectural details throughout the home include a brass fireplace, lovely chandeliers, a mix of beautiful hardwood and gorgeous terrazzo floors and French doors.
The most breathtaking aspect of the home, for me, was the beautiful moldings throughout. The flower pattern on the ceiling of the room directly to the right when you enter the home is simply divine. The intricate details are awe-inspiring.
I urge you to tour the house and see how these talented professionals have transformed this beautiful and unique space. Visitors will get the chance to tour three floors of the home as well as wander the grounds to enjoy the beautifully refurbished, redesigned spaces and newly-landscaped areas.
This year’s Show House is sponsored by Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, First Generation, City Center Lehigh Valley, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. and Sherwin Williams Paints.
The Moyer-Metzger Manse is open April 30 through May 22. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, Monday - Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Sunday. A Sneak Peek Party is 6 - 9 p.m. April 28, Renaissance Allentown Hotel.
Tickets: at the door; sotapa.org, and Allentown Art Museum, C. Leslie Smith in the Shops at Cedar Point, Moravian Book Shop in Allentown and Bethlehem, Peeps & Company at the Promenade Shops and Phoebe Floral Shop in Allentown.