photo of restored farmhouse
photo of restored farmhouse

United Capital Farm House Restoration

United Capital Farm House Restoration
photo showing start of construction on the addition to United Capital's new office
Start of construction on the modern addition to the 1840s farmhouse which will become the offices of United Capital
photo showing start of construction on the addition to United Capital's new office
Start of construction on the modern addition to the 1840s farmhouse which will become the offices of United Capital



United Capital Private Wealth Counseling recently restored an old farmhouse in Horsham to use as its Philadelphia area office.

This old farmhouse is located at 736 Lower State Road, at the northwest corner of Lower State Road and Welsh Roads and right off of Route 309, at the southwest corner of Horsham Township. United Capital restored the farmhouse and added a large modern addition off the back. The combined building is now being used as office space.

photo of Chesterton Painting
Painting of farmhouse at Lower State and Welsh Roads in Horsham done in 1951 by the aunt of the owner Doris Chesterson
photo of Chesterton Painting
Painting of farmhouse at Lower State and Welsh Roads in Horsham done in 1951 by the aunt of the owner Doris Chesterson

The farmhouse was built c1840 and the owner prior to United Capital was Doris Chesterson, Ms Chesterson's aunt did this painting of house in 1951

Susan Gilbert reports that her mother, Sue Bibus (nee Sophie Halata 1923) lived nearby on Melody Lane (which is now is part of English Village Apartments) from sometime in the 1920's until 1952 (except for 1943-44) and knew the farmhouse as the home of Dr Atlee. Mrs Bibus's father - Michael Halata - worked as a gardener for Dr Atlee and on some of the other estates in the area. She tutored one of the Doctor's grandchildren, a little girl about the same age named Christafiana, and was paid in fresh fruit - bananas being her favorite. She and Christafiana would often play dress-up with her aunt's beautiful furs and gowns.

Sue remembers Dr Atlee having to remove a cork that her younger brother had somehow lodged in his nose.

The Atlees were very kind and generous and had a pipe-smoking cook who would give her treats to bring home to her large - and not very well-off - family.

photo of rendering of addition to c1850 farmhouse
Rendering of addition to c1850 farmhouse by United Capital at Lower State and Welsh Roads in Horsham
photo of rendering of addition to c1850 farmhouse
Rendering of addition to c1850 farmhouse by United Capital at Lower State and Welsh Roads in Horsham

The farmhouse is located along Welsh Road which follows lines laid out on Holmes' map of 1687 and PA 309 also known as Bethlehem Pike and previously known as King's Road. The King's Road, according to Wikipedia, was originally an Indian trail known as the Minsi Trail. This was used by settlers as early as December 1740 and by 1763 was being used for regular deliveries. In September 1777, the Colonial Army used the King's Road to evacuate all military stores from Philadelphia to Bethlehem along this road, using 700 wagons. The wagon carrying the Liberty Bell broke down in Bethlehem. The road was renamed the Bethlehem Turnpike by 1804. So by 1840, this area where the farmhouse was built was probably a fairly busy crossroads. The road was labeled US Route 309 in 1926 and then was changed to PA Route 309 in the 1970s.

photo of United Capital Groundbreaking
Breaking ground for restoration/construction of United Capital's new office in Horsham
photo of United Capital Groundbreaking
Breaking ground for restoration/construction of United Capital's new office in Horsham




United Capital converted the farmhouse to office space in 2011. Builder Adams-Bickel Associates married the restored 1840s structure with a larger, modern structure that was added in the rear.

The project also attempted to be as green as possible and earned LEED Silver certification on 8/13/2013. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings.

photo of United Capital Welsh Rd
United Capital Building at Welsh Rd and Lower State Rd in Horsham. Built upon restored c1840 farm house
photo of United Capital Welsh Rd
United Capital Building at Welsh Rd and Lower State Rd in Horsham. Built upon restored c1840 farm house




United Capital helps their clients pursue their wealth management goals through careful advice, astute investment management and access to the capabilities and network of the firm. They think of wealth creation and management as a value chain of technical decisions and are experts in guiding you through them all—financial planning, budgeting, saving, investing, taxes and estate structure. Guided by the constant principle that your interests always come first, the firm works with you every day to build the value you are looking for.




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

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900 Governor Road
Horsham, PA 19044 USA
© 2000- Horsham Preservation and Historical Association
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