Causes | Save La Ronda before Wrecking Balls Fly to Make Room for McMansion on Sept. 1

Addison Minzer's spectacular Romanesque, Venetian, Spanish and Italian-influenced masterwork on Philadelphia's Main Line will be razed to make room for a more modest 10,000 square foot, easier-to-air-condition McMansion if a new buyer doesn't step in by the end of the month.  Minzer helped shape the aesthetic of Palm Beach and other parts of Florida during the Gilded Age; La Ronda was his only commission north of the Mason Dixon -- and it's supposedly fully in tact.  No crumbling, no decay - it's just 4,000 square feet too big for a family that considers 10,000 square feet just right.

Check out Save La Ronda to ponder a major impulse purchase -- or just sign a petition to stop the wrecking balls.


  1. I can't tell you how much this situation pains me. Architect Design followed the situation faithfully a couple of months ago, and I still can't believe that the local powers-that-be went along with the new owners and allowed this desecration.

  2. Why didn't they just buy some tacky tract-mansion down the road, or better yet, across the river in Jersey? Who would tear something like this house down? Insanity!

  3. LPC says:

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  4. Oh my, can they be serious ? It looks so beautiful and very much what they call in Britain a "folly". Maybe it doesn't fit with the local architecture but somehow it encourages inquistive minds and makes for great folklore. It celebrates those great eccentrics in our midst.

  5. BOOOO! Historic Preservation must prevail!