They were newly married, living in an apartment in South Philadelphia and had a bouncing baby boy (my father.) Their families were surprised and worried that they were moving so far away, going all the way to this new development in Drexel Hill. Although, they were able to convince my PopPop’s brother and his new wife to move in to the twin house attached to theirs. My great-grandfather, Pop Otto, was there to solicit his “advise,” in broken English, to the builders and to whomever would listen. Although he spent a lot of time saying, “Waassa matta, youa no undastan de ingleesh?”
|MiMom and her Princess in front of china cabinet|
|Great house for Parties.|
When lounging in the living room watching tv you can easily look out the enclosed porch and see all that is going on in the neighborhood, but the house may make you go to the porch door and stand there with it partially opened while leaning out to make sure everyone in the neighborhood is behaving.
The basement of this home has seen many parties and celebrations, not to mention a perfect getaway for kids who need to play and not disrupt the adults. The basement leads to a driveway and a garage that saw, teenage boys build their very own boat. It also has a workbench that was used by my PopPop, to keep the house always looking it’s best.
The kitchen is where you will find the most bewitchment happen. There is where the best food in the world is made with meticulous care and attention to detail. It is in that kitchen, sitting around the table, stories will be passed on and gossip will be told and embellishments will be made. It is at that same table where you will learn how difficult it is to make a Gianetti cookie, especially because you are never given the exact ingredients. This kitchen table and the dining room table is where all the most important discussions will be made and where decisions will be finalized.
|Notice custom wooden valance|
|Notice the custom made banister|
|5th generation to enjoy this fine home.|