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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2 APRIL 2009
Guide To Luxury Living
Table of Contents IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s note Treasured Spaces Artist’s studio filled with inspiration
Social Spaces The Inn at Herr Ridge, Gettysburg
Accents De-clutter with style
Behind the Spaces Frank Dittenhafer II, Murphy & Dittenhafer in York
20 36 38
FEATURED SPACES Unique vision realized Contractor creates his own dream home
Library boasts beauty and function English charm creates contrast in Lebanon home.
Organization plus style Garage space doesn’t have to mean cluttered space.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Faith is preserved in Harrisburg.
After the fire Chambersburg dentist rebuilds home
York County rancher gets update Love of color translates to modern appeal
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My dream home would have a cozy window seat on
the second floor. The window would overlook gardens filled with daisies and an assortment of wildflowers. It would be the perfect place to doze or read a book while listening to Billie Holiday, her melancholy voice mingling with the sound of trees rustling in a warm breeze. My dream home also would have a library with built-in bookshelves. And I would love to have an office where I could hide the mess of mail and bills now stacked on a shelf in my dining room. I recently read a book that explained that everyone should have dreams. They keep us focused on what it is we’re trying to achieve each day. Throughout this issue of Spaces, you’ll see how some southcentral Pennsylvania residents pursued their dreams and made them realities. Bob Myers, co-owner of John H. Myers and Son in York County, kept a binder of ideas he planned to use when he built his home someday. And, at 52, he constructed his dream home, incorporating his love of basketball, science-fiction movies and Irish brew. See how he made it all possible on pages 8 to 13. Warren Lewis knew he wanted something unique when he renovated his garage. He dreamed up an idea to use blue cove lighting, and Those Garage Guys made his vision a reality, as seen on pages 24-25. As you page through this magazine, we hope you find ideas that inspire your dreams.
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Fulfilling a dream
The front door of Bob Myersâ€™ home in York County gives the home a rustic look.
Bob Myers moved into his more than 8,000-square-foot home in June 2008.
By SEAN ADKINS for Spaces Photographs by JASON PLOTKIN
Bob Myers integrated an Irish pub and 1950sstyle diner into the design of his house.
ed those elements into the design of his
A 1950s-style diner complete with
Kind” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
a-half bath home, a project that was con-
booths that could be filled with the likes
of Richie Cunningham and The Fonz from
out a retail niche along Route 30.
An Irish pub.
County’s Wyndham Hills neighborhood in
A theater decorated on the outside with
Spring Garden Township.
No, it isn’t a new mini-mall set to carve It’s Bob Myers’ new home in York
vintage posters of science-fiction classics,
such as “Close Encounters of the Third
in West Manchester Township incorporat-
The co-owner of John H. Myers & Son
roughly 8,000-square-foot house.
Myers said he has invested more than
$500,000 into his four-bedroom, five-andstructed during a period of two years.
“I got some ideas from magazines,” said
Myers, 52. “Over the years, I’ve clipped stuff out and put them in a binder.”
While Myers’ theater can be traced
back to his love of science-fiction movies and the diner to his “being a child of the
Myers explained his vision for an entryway to interior designer Michael Sell of York. Together, they came up with this design that Sell called ‘Old World chic.’ York County painter Mary Patterson created the faux finish to complete the look. ‘One of my first ever that I had to create to match what the designer wanted,’ she said. SPACES
Myers describes himself as a ‘child of the 1950s,’ and he wanted to incorporate that into his home with a ’50s-style diner.
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1950s,” the Irish pub has a much simpler
ferent here,” Myers said.
“I’m German,” he said. “But I think
“I wanted to do something a little difThe open family room boasts 30-foot-
Irish pubs are neat. I don’t even drink all
high ceilings, while the kitchen is home to
From the outside, the house appears to
“We like to eat,” Myers said. “At the
resemble a ski lodge with its rustic front
other houses that I’ve owned, it never
door, crossbeams and aluminum gutters
seemed like we ever had enough room in
painted to resemble copper.
The main foyer is accented by a circu-
Myers has two teenage sons who have
lar tower-like structure built into the wall
free range of the home.
that looks like an archaic rusted boiler.
From the kitchen, head down the hall
To ensure that he could play basketball yearround, Bob Myers built an indoor basketball court complete with a 22-foot-high ceiling, a rubber-tiled floor and a carpeted wall that stands behind the net. SPACES
toward the garage for a quick game of basketball. If you’ve walked through the garage and out to the driveway, you’ve gone too far.
Myers sectioned off two of his four ga-
rage bays to make room for an indoor basketball court, complete with a 22-foot-high ceiling, a rubber-tiled floor and a carpeted wall that stands behind the net.
“I’ve always played basketball,” he said.
“Now, I can play all year-round.”
While many of the home’s features are
visible, others hide within the architecture.
The entire house is wired with speakers
that pump out tunes from a stereo system housed in the basement.
On the second floor, the mezzanine pays
homage to York in the form of paintings that depict street scenes from the White Rose city.
“I’ve always wanted to build my own
house, and I figured I wanted to do it the way I wanted to do it,” Myers said.
The house boasts aluminum gutters and downspouts that are painted to resemble copper. The Old World look that begins in the entryway blends into the family room where the fireplace showcases 30-foot-high ceilings.
Myers is German, but that didn’t stop him from adding an Irish pub to his York County home.
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Reading in style Library adds charm to Lebanon home. By SUSAN WOLF for Spaces Photographs by JENNIFER STORK
The library contrasts with the rest of Diana Reilly’s house, which is bright and open and decorated with tans, dusty reds and stone, typical of a house in the Southwest. A cozy English library offers a quiet retreat for working or reading in Diana Reilly’s home in Lebanon County.
Dark cherry shelves cover three of the
The fourth wall, taken up almost com-
pletely by a window, lets in natural light and gentle breezes in warm weather.
The shelves tell a story through pho-
tos, books and knickknacks along with a special area just for the grandchildren — crayons, picture books and a small chair add to the room’s charm.
“My grandchildren love to play in
here,” Reilly said. “It’s the first place they go when they come here.”
The books filling the shelves are re-
flective of the many interests Diana and her late husband, Jim, shared. The Lebanon attorney passed away just as their house was completed in 2000. Woodland Contractors of Lebanon built the house.
Diana Reilly poses inside her Lebanon County home. Although she’s retired, Reilly continues to do volunteer work. SPACES
Law and textbooks share the shelves with novels and classics as well as those on Irish history. They’re reflective of the homeowner’s vast interests.
With The Beauty Of
Designed by Woodmasters in New-
the large stone fireplace that dominates
manstown, Lebanon County, the solid
the family room. Bruce Henly of Myer-
woodwork and thick carpet absorb sound.
stown built the fireplace stone by stone,
Although she is retired, Reilly uses the
room often while working on projects for
her many volunteer activities on boards of
ed with Reilly on decorating, providing a
local nonprofit organizations.
professional touch to the comfort of the
Souvenirs from her trips to her cous-
Any room can be a library
“I think any room can be im-
Alan Garren said.
He especially likes the look of
books in a dining room, but any space — a living room, a
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lend character to a room, Garren said. “There’s a patina you get with books that you can’t get with anything else.” Rooms with high ceilings are a
rolling ladder for access, he said.
Built-in bookshelves also add an
architectural detail that more owners are craving in new homes, builder Tony Crasi said.
Not so long ago, people building
homes tended to spend their money on square footage rather than on elements that give a home character, he said. But in the last seven or eight years, he said, that’s been changing.
— Alan Garren, interior designer
pleasant emotional attachment and
“There’s a patina you get with books that you can’t get with anything else.”
good candidate for tall shelves with a
in’s home in Mexico adorn the walls and
proved with books,” interior designer
Donna Reinhart of Lancaster consult-
where along the line, consumers started becoming
what good design is,” he said. “...People are sick and tired of these big, boxy rooms.”
They want character. They want
They want what a library offers. — Akron Beacon Journal
ABOVE The back of the fireplace, which faces the front door, features a waterfall sculpture. The soothing sounds of water trickling down drifts into the family room as well as the nearby library. LEFT Robert Hoffman of Beers & Hoffman Ltd. in Lebanon designed the house so the sun shines in at an angle. The family roomâ€™s walls of windows and sliding glass doors provide indirect light throughout the day.
Objet BELOW Artist Heather Neill renovated a Conewago Township house and created a bright and airy studio space. Ceilings were ripped out, creating an upstairs loft that overlooks her easel.
OPPOSITE PAGE Seemingly random objects serve as inspiration and mix with the art supplies that fill the studio where Neill paints. She also keeps quotes posted around the rooms. ‘I need them,’ she said. ‘They’re my muses, my reminders, my mantras.’
By ANGIE MASON for Spaces Photographs by KATE PENN A pipe rests on a pile of stones. A clarinet stands on a shelf. A seagull’s wing hangs on a wall.
The items in Heather Neill’s Conewago Township, York County, studio are her inspirations.
Look around, and you’ll see them reflected in paint.
“The objects around me are like little touchstones,” she said. She moves them, places them
in unusual environments and thinks about the stories they tell. 18
Elements, such as this birdcage, of past paintings and paintings to come are scattered through Neill’s studio. She likes to move the objects around as she works on paintings.
A studio Neill created in a small
of the first floor, opening the room to
house gives her more space to work
the rafters. Upstairs, a low ceiling in a
with those objects.
small room was also removed, turning
the space into a loft that overlooks the
Neill and her partner, Pat Lackey,
live in a log cabin next door to the
area where Neill paints.
new studio. For years, she painted in
a treetop studio in the backyard. But
room for an easel that raises to be be-
it was small, so when the house next
tween 12 and 14 feet high. Neill can
door became available about three
now do large paintings she couldn’t
years ago, they purchased it.
dream of before.
The exterior of the quaint white
The downstairs renovations made
Her easel rests by a window that
house doesn’t reveal what’s inside.
provides sunshine, heat and a scenic
“It looks like every little old bun-
view of a barn nearby. Behind her,
galow,” Neill said. “Inside, it’s so spe-
shelves burst with brushes, paints and
cific to painting.”
The entire house, which Neill said
“The openness here is different
was “just a dungeon before,” was gut-
and was very challenging at first,” she
ted to create a bright and airy space.
More than 90 percent of the
But now, she said, the studio is
home’s wood had to be replaced be-
more than she ever expected. During
cause of termite damage, Neill said.
renovations, it brought her to tears.
The ceiling was ripped out in part
“I’m in heaven there,” she said.
An inn with
history Enjoy luxury while visiting Gettysburg.
By CHASSE REHWINKEL for Spaces
Photographs by JAMES ROBINSON
have wooden floors, rustic gas-lit fire-
Now a country inn and gourmet res-
Many of the tavern’s other rooms
taurant, the building’s history can be seen
places and handmade quilts.
Just west of downtown Gettys-
in its 16 rooms, many of which are fur-
burg, The Inn at Herr Ridge uses a com-
nished in their own personalized styles.
houses five of the inn’s 16 rooms, fea-
bination of modern luxury and historic
tures large beds, pillows and quilts in ev-
ambiance to treat its visitors to an unfor-
Room, is furnished with hunting lodge
decor and hickory wood, and it has a sit-
Room No. 9, known as the Lodge
The annex, a separate building that
In spite of the inn’s classic look, it of-
ting area complete with daybed.
fers guests a wide range of modern ame-
an eclectic history as a stop along the
Underground Railroad, a counterfeiters’
lar queen-sized bed, hand-painted walls
headquarters and a makeshift battlefield
and a balcony view of the battlefield.
of the rooms. The tavern also employs an
Built in 1815, the inn has endured
The Garden Room, No. 5, has a circu-
Jacuzzi bathtubs are available in most
All of the guest rooms are unique. Many of the inn’s rooms have wooden floors, rustic gas-lit fireplaces and handmade quilts.
If you visit the dining room, chef Charles Stockman will delight your palate with appetizing meals made with locally grown produce.
The inn has endured an eclectic history as a stop along the Underground Railroad, a counterfeiters’ headquarters and a battlefield hospital.
A sitting room, upstairs at The Inn at Herr Ridge, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of Gettysburg’s battlefields.. SPACES
A gourmet restaurant that serves
French-American cuisine is located in the main building.
Head chef Charles Stockman, who
was raised in Gettysburg, prides himself on freshly made, quality dishes. Most of the ingredients he uses are homegrown.
“I get my produce and other ingredi-
ents from local growers,” Stockman said. “We also bake our own breads. I try to keep everything new and fresh. We change up the dinner menu every week, and our lunch menu is seasonal.”
A complimentary continental breakfast
is provided and includes granola, pastries and cinnamon rolls, made fresh at the inn.
Gourmet food is not the only option
for visitors, however. In between the tavern’s main building and the annex is Sharpshooters, a martini bar and grill that serves weekly specials and features live entertainment.
The inn has earned both local and
national acclaim for its food and service, garnering three Mobil diamonds, three AAA stars and a spot in the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North American guide.
“We are most proud of our member-
ship in the Select Registry’s guide,” Stockman said. “They are very particular, and we have worked hard to meet their regulations.”
The inn is also known for having a
vast wine list, including 791 selections, Stockman said.
Service is important at the inn. Wheth-
er it’s the complimentary bottle of champagne available in every room or the secluded cigar room in the basement of the main building, guests are made to feel at ease during their stay.
“We enjoy working here,” Stockman
said. “We enjoy serving our guests and helping them have as enjoyable a stay as possible.”
The Inn at Herr Ridge Address: 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg, Adams County For details: Visit www.innatherrridge.com or call 334-4332.
Wounded Civil War soldiers, counterfeiters and runaway slaves have come and gone during this Adams County inn’s varied history.
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Garage makeover A vacation idea becomes concept behind reorganization By BRENT BURKEY for Spaces Photographs by KATE PENN
The signature of Warren Lewis’
garage in West Manchester Township is
resembling a city club, that seeps from his
tion of a house is necessary.
blue cove lighting, which he thought of
suburban garage on Wedgewood Way at
while at a restaurant on a vacation in
The Greens by Honey Run, he’s definitely
list, Lewis’ garage received some visitors
achieved that goal.
from last year’s York County Parade of
Lewis, 57, isn’t just a client of Those
Homes. Viewers saw the blue cove light-
tally unique” for his garage renovation to
Garage Guys. He’s the business manager
ing reflecting off the ceiling, giving the ga-
accompany standard elements of Those
and believes in the company’s purpose.
rage its effect.
Garage Guys’ designs: modular organiza-
tion set to a backdrop of just about any
than a garage,” Lewis said.
ing to it, suggesting they have card and
theme a person can think up.
cigar parties in the space.
He was looking for something “to-
And considering the smoky blue hue,
“You can make the garage into more Lewis called garages the last refuge
of living space before a full-blown addiAlthough he was not on the specific
The neighbors have also taken a lik-
Warren Lewis’ garage is shown in its ‘before’ state.
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with a hose after a party or other event, and it’s resistant to tire marks and stains
Slats along the walls resemble out-
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from vehicle fluids. The material, Poly
grooves that allow garage owners to hang
Terrazzo, is a polymer floor coating.
hooks pretty much anywhere they want,
Lewis’ floor still has the shine of
something new, even though it was in-
making the designs versatile.
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Another feature of Lewis’ garage is
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Renovations maintain history of Harrisburg cathedral
preserved By ANGIE MASON for Spaces
Photographs by BIL BOWDEN
Catholics have worshipped at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg for a century. But the walls around them haven’t always looked the same.
The 1907 cathedral has had a few facelifts, most notably in 1950 and again in
From the German-crafted stained-glass windows to the vivid paintings and grand
columns, there’s something to draw the eye in every nook.
Many of the elements have a history, which tour guide Charles Peguese can ex-
plain in detail. After all, he’s been a member of the parish for 25 years.
A booklet marking the cathedral’s 100th year also offers a look at the cathedral
1. Ionic columns, marked by scroll-like ornaments at the top, grace the church altar. The columns were part of the original church altar, but they were removed during a renovation that started in 1949. The columns were restored during a renovation completed in 2006. 2. Trompe l’oeil, a style of painting designed to make the viewer believe the image is real, is used in several places in the cathedral, including in the Marian Shrine. During the recent renovation, paintings and murals were given detailed cleaning and repairs. 3. The seal of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades graces his chair, called the cathedra. The chair is what makes St. Patrick’s a cathedral, not a church. The cathedral is thought of as the “mother church” in each diocese.
4 4. Paintings, done in the trompe l’oeil style, of evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the writers of the four Gospels in the New Testament of the Bible, and their corresponding symbols grace the walls around the altar. Before the recent renovation, the walls behind the altar were painted a solid green. 5. Bronze bas-reliefs, a style of sculpture where objects project from a flat surface, depict the 14 stations of the cross. The sculptures, hung around the cathedral, were in the original 1907 building.
5 6. Stained-glass windows were made by craftsman Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany, now known for the “Munich” style, in the 1800s. They were carefully packaged and shipped from Germany to the church. During the recent renovation, 50 of the 53 steel-framed windows were sent to Boston to be restored. 7. A carving depicting Jesus’ rise to life adorns the marble altar in the front of the church. The 1907 altar was originally set back, but it was moved forward after the Second Vatican Council changed the way Mass was celebrated in the 1960s.
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8. St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral is built in the Romanesque style, which is marked by arches and columns. During its 101-year life span, the cathedral has had multiple renovations that have added shrines, lighting, statues and paintings. 9. The dome of the cathedral rises 114 feet from the sanctuary floor. The interior of the dome includes a depiction of the Holy Spirit and stained-glass windows of the 12 apostles, lit by a chandelier. The exterior of the dome is covered in copper. The dome and the windows were restored from 2002 to 2005, when the dome was first illuminated. 10. Carvings of evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John embellish a marble baptismal font. There have been nearly 6,000 baptisms at the church as of 2007. The font is so heavy
it took four men to move it during renovations. 11. St. Patrickâ€™s Cathedral was built in 1907 for $250,000. A renovation completed in 2006 cost $6 million.
33 West Maple St. Dallastown, PA 17313
After the fire By IRIS HERSH for Spaces
Photographs by RYAN BLACKWELL
A Chambersburg dentist rebuilt after a blaze destroyed his home.
with overstuffed furniture and a big-
the site in 16 boxes, Cerveris said. The
screen TV by the fireplace provide a cozy
home’s lower level was stick built.
and informal focal point.
“It’s like my old house on steroids,”
A forest green, metal spiral staircase
Cerveris said. His former home was about
behind the living area draws eyes up-
3,800 square feet.
A large entrance area complete with
It leads to both the upper and lower
an antique grandfather clock faces a 24-
levels. Traditional wood stairways are at
After a March 2007 fire, Dr. Michael
foot, two-story mountain stone wood-
the home’s other end.
Cerveris rebuilt his Guilford Township
burning fireplace in the living area.
home on its original foundation.
Triangular windows on either side
dramatic views of South Mountain, while
The Chambersburg dentist’s new
of the fireplace and French doors accen-
the other three bedrooms face the home’s
three-story, 9,000-square-foot modular
tuate the lines of the room’s cathedral
elegant circular front fountain entrance.
home resembles a hunting/ski lodge with
ceiling while allowing natural light and a
its stone and vinyl siding.
spectacular view of the countryside.
cal spacious bathrooms with a two-seat
was factory-assembled and transported to
The home, which sits on 12 acres,
An area rug in the living room along
Two 17-by-28-foot bedrooms offer
Two larger bedrooms lead to identi-
shower with six jets, overhead shower-
Hardwood laminate flooring in the kitchen extends throughout the home’s living room, dining room and entryways, giving the areas an open feel.
A climb up the spiral staircase leads to an office loft with a breathtaking view of the outside, as well as the living area below.
“A very green
— Homeowner Dr. Michael Cerveris
head and glass brick wall.
refrigerator, heating burner and propane
A rustic orchard ladder in the master
gaslights. The three-hole putting green
bedroom leads to the 15-by-28-foot loft,
alongside the outdoor kitchen allows for
while French doors lead to a deck.
putting practice as well as driving practice
into the vista.
The lower level is home to the other
17-by-28-foot bedroom, which also con-
tains a game area with poker table and
said, “the geothermal heating and cool-
matching leather chairs shipped from Las
ing system makes the home surprisingly
economical to heat and cool — only $120
Cerveris’ numerous hunting and fish-
“A very green house,” Cerveris
ing trophies give the entertainment center area its hunting-lodge flavor.
A window expanse offers a view of
the Grecian pool.
The outdoor kitchen has a built-in
gas grill with rotisserie and enclosed tank,
A fountain accents the landscaping in front of the home.
redesigned Rancher renovations add modern appeal By TARA HAWKINS for Spaces Photographs by KATE PENN Janet Masters was not new to the challenges of remodeling a house.
She had already done it — nine
Originally from Baltimore, she and
her husband moved to York County in the early 1970s and began fixing up each place they called home.
Her most recent move was a little dif-
ferent. This time, she had someone else do all of the work.
Masters had several contractors come
to her home.
She asked them: “What can you do
with this space?”
Most came back with plans to improve
but not fundamentally change the layout and character of the existing rooms. It was the team at Kohr-Gerlach that had the vision Masters hoped to find.
It was the only team that wanted to
take her small galley kitchen and change it into something larger and more functional.
Lance Dunbar of Kohr-Gerlach in York
thought that “to renovate the existing space would have been a bad decision in today’s market.”
From the kitchen’s granite-topped breakfast bar, Janet Masters can look out over her sunken living room. The breakfast bar is centrally situated between the kitchen and living room. She said it’s ‘so conducive to entertaining. Everyone seems to gravitate here.’ SPACES
Janet Masters always wanted a red dining area, and she got it. Michael Sell, interior designer for Kohr-Gerlach, helped her choose decor to complement the deep color.
‘We just had fun with color. I’m not afraid of using color. And Janet’s not afraid of living with color.’ — Michael Sell, interior designer
The designers chose not to layout and character of the existing rooms of Janet Masters’ home, including the sunken living room.
Instead, they knocked down walls
always wanted a red dining area.” With
one thing was missing: a spacious master
and added windows to give Masters a
guidance from Sell, a designer at Kohr-
view of the backyard.
Gerlach, that dream came true.
Sell took the existing built-in cabinets
removing an old vanity area, Kohr-Ger-
though. To get her large kitchen, she had
and had the doors remade with new glass
lach created a room that is both elegant
to give up some room in the home’s ex-
panels. He also accented the red walls
and full of modern convenience.
pansive laundry room, which she had ini-
with a chair rail and crown molding. Janet
tially been excited about.
thought Sell made decorating so easy. “He
fectly comfortable in her York Township
Masters had to compromise a bit
“We shrunk (the laundry room),”
After tearing down a few walls and
About $35,000 later, Masters is per-
hit it every time.”
said interior designer Michael Sell, who
worked on the decor and the renovations
room ceiling, Janet wasn’t so sure.
for Masters. “But, boy, did we give her a
end, Sell had the ceiling painted a neutral
Not only did the kitchen become a
green to accent the white medallion above
more accessible area, it was completely
the chandelier. When Janet came home
overhauled. Dated cabinets and worn
she couldn’t have been more pleased.
counter tops were replaced with custom
cherry and charcoal granite for a modern
said. “I’m not afraid of using color. And
look. Stainless steel appliances and dou-
Janet’s not afraid of living with color.”
ble ovens add to the gourmet kitchen’s
try that overlooks a landscaped yard com-
However, when it came to the dining
“This is my last home. I wanted to
make it what I wanted.”
While she was away for the week-
“We just had fun with color,” Sell
The master bedroom has its own en-
When it came to the dining room,
plete with pond, deck and hot tub. All the
Masters had a few ideas of her own. “I
makings of a serene retirement retreat. But
Masters enjoyed finding interesting light fixtures for her home, including this light that hangs over her dining room table. SPACES
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Frank Dittenhafer II poses in the two-story loft he designed in the Codo building on North George Street in York.
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Frank Dittenhafer II Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects By SEAN ADKINS for Spaces Photograph by JASON PLOTKIN
Frank Dittenhafer II can trace his passion for
children are you most proud of?” I want to give
the re-use of existing buildings with a good part
architecture to Monticello, the Virginia estate of
an answer so that all the children are treated fair-
of that being for residential purposes.
ly. One of the first that I’m very proud of is the
When he was a child, Dittenhafer’s parents
Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center. I would
took him on a trip to the national landmark.
also mention The Lofts on George Street in York.
There, the Dover native became intrigued by the
That project knitted together four buildings. Next
fact that Jefferson was an architect.
would be the Codo project in York. It’s really a
Whether it was building a better clock or
northern gateway to the city.
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son’s ability to creatively solve problems caught Dittenhafer’s interest.
Soon after earning his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Dittenhafer met Michael Murphy, a fellow architect.
The two opened a firm in Baltimore and, two years later, opened a second office in York. To
What is one of the major challenges you
face in your career?
That’s kind of like saying, “Which of your
I look for the positive aspects of the space
that you might want to take greater advantage of or retain.
There could be lots of windows that could mean more natural light and views or maybe you over the years that could give a room more pro-
Many of the projects that we do appear and feel
as if the budgets were double. We welcome mod-
could remove a couple walls that were added
Budgets. We’re able to find ways to design
clude in your portfolio of major accomplish-
When you walk into a room that needs
projects in ways that are extremely economical.
contact them, visit www.murphdittarch.com.
Which architectural projects do you in-
to be renovated or redesigned, what strikes
What are the current architectural
trends in York County?
When you design a room or a building,
how many of the new ideas are yours and how many belong to the owners?
It is a collaboration. I do enjoy hearing
clients’ thoughts when I start a project and
Urban development. That trend focuses on
throughout a project.
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