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About HPHA

The Horsham Preservation & Historic Association (HPHA) is dedicated to identifying, studying, preserving and protecting the historical heritage, buildings and artifacts of Horsham area.

Logo for Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
Logo for Horsham Preservation and Historical Association

Peter Choate serves as full time staff for HPHA as on-site caretaker and restoration supervisor at the Penrose-Strawbridge site, as well as being Executive Director. Pete has academic and practical knowledge of historic buildings and their restoration. Pete's late wife, Margaret, founded the organization and passed away in 2017.

HPHA is a member of PANO, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Major Projects

HPHA's overall focus is identifying, studying, preserving and protecting the historical heritage, buildings and artifacts of Horsham area, but since we're a small group we need to do this in small bites.

Currently we have two major areas of focus: the restoration of the Penrose Strawbridge House, and; our Document Preservation Project. We are also in the beginning stages of building the infrastructure to bring horses back to the farm. The former owners of the farm raised thoroughbreds here.

photo of the front of the Pennrose Strawbridge House
Penrose-Strawbridge House in 2006
photo of the front of the Pennrose Strawbridge House
Penrose-Strawbridge House in 2006



The Penrose Strawbridge House is a c1721 building located on what was once a very large estate called Fountain Low by its owner, colonial Governor Sir William Keith, and later Graeme Park name for second owner Dr Thomas Graeme. The Keith House at Graeme Park is on the National Registry of Historic Places..

This core of this home dates back to c1721, and was added onto several times by the Penrose Family during their stewardship from 1801-1920, and modified later by the Strawbridges during their tenure from 1920-1996.

The Strawbridges donated part of their estate (actually sold it for $1) - including Keith House which is on the National Registry of Historic Places - to the Commonwealth of PA in 1958. This is now a state park operated by PHMC and the Friends of Graeme Park. Mrs Strawbridge had sold the remainder of the estate to the National Lands Trust, but after her death the Trust sold the estate to Horsham Township. Time had taken their toll on these old buildings and in the late 1990s they were in very poor condition. Horsham Township then entered into an agreement with HPHA to restore the farmhouse. The house is listed on the National Registry as a Contributing Resource to the Keith House.HPHA has a fairly large collection of documents, photos, and other objects. Our Document Preservation Project is working to catalog and safely store these objects.

HPHA has a fairly large collection of documents, photos, and other objects. Our Document Preservation Project is working to catalog and safely store these objects.

Founder

Margaret Choate was the Founder of HPHA. She retired as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Corestates Bank.and was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bucks County Community College in the Historic Preservation program in 1998. Member of Sigma Phi Kappa, historic preservation honor society. Founding member of the Horsham Historical Advisory Commission. Margaret passed away in 2017.

Officers

President - Tim Kalnajs is a carpenter/contractor with an interest in older buildings and the history of the area .. and horses. He lives in an older home in Horsham.

Vice President - open

Secretary - open

Treasurer -Maryanne Sweriduk is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Beneficial Bank in Hatboro (Rosemore Shopping Center). In addition to her work with HPHA, she is also president of the Friends of the Horsham Library.

Board of Directors

George Felbin, member since 1998, Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1963. University of Pennsylvania degree in Architecture. Member of NCARB. Chairman of the Horsham Historical Advisory Commission, and the owner of an Historic home in Horsham.

Peter Choate, Past president and member since 1997. University of Delaware, BA in American History. He is a retired computer business systems owner and entrepreneur. He serves as Executive Director of HPHA.

Curt Kaller, of C D Kaller Inc. and Old Philadelphia Historic Restoration Company. Curt is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is active in historic house restoration and lives in a restored Victorian home.

Jane Douglass of Prudential, Fox & Roach Realtors - Blue Bell A 26-year veteran in marketing of real estate in Montgomery & Bucks Counties, Jane has sold some of the oldest properties in Montgomery County. Examples are the Circa 1701 ”Rose Hill” in Blue Bell and a Circa 1702 house in Upper Dublin, which was built for colonial Governor Sir William Keith’s tax collector. She is a civil war enthusiast who has completed certification in Historic marketing & Vintage Architecture. Jane is a member of the Historic Real Estate marketing program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Montgomery County Association of Realtors. Jane is also a long time member and publicity chairman of the Historical Society of Fort Washington..

Maryann Sweriduk - Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Beneficial Bank in Hatboro. In addition to her work with HPHA, she is also president of the Friends of the Horsham Library.

Kevin Winters - Board Member and Past President has been active in many Horsham civic and youth organizations, and has a great interest in history and old buildings. He works as a web designer and online marketing social media consultant.

Advisors

Margaret Westfield, partner of Westfield Architects & Preservation Consultants. Degree in Architecture, U of Maryland. M.A. Preservation Studies Boston U. Her qualifications exceed the qualification standards for Historical Architects, Architects and Architectural Historians.

Herbert Levy, Registered Architect, FAIA, Herb is well respected in the historic preservation field. He has served on the board of PHMC, and more recently was president of both HABS and HAER.

Susan Duhl provides preservation consultations and conservation treatment to institutions and private individuals throughout the United States and internationally. She completed her Master of Art degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the State University College at Buffalo Art Conservation Program in 1987, and was named a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) in 1990. Susan is a founding member of the Art Conservator Alliance, formed in 1991.

Susan has worked with HPHA on our Document Preservation Project which we have officially kicked off in spring 2014. More about Susan

Jefferson Moak is a professional archivist, historian and genealogist. He has worked at the Map Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia City Archives, and most recently as senior archivist at the National Archives at Philadelphia. He has been working with the HPHA collection beginning in fall of 2015.




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Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA)
900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
A Community Benefit Organization

Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA)
900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
We are A Community Benefit Organization
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