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Major Makeover for Historic Chester County Mansion

Major Makeover for Historic Chester County Mansion

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The outside of the historic three story Ware Mansion in Oxford, Pa. is impressive enough. But, when you step into the parlor, you know it's something special.

A 125 year old Chester county landmark, transformed by eight designers into a showhouse.

Diane Replogle, Design Chair, Ware Mansion Showhouse..."This is an accent piece for the show house," said Design Chairwoman Diane Replogle, pointing to a glass front dish cabinet. "The beautiful carving on it makes it very exceptional."

The showhouse is a two year planning and restoration project featuring unique makeovers in many of the mansion's twenty-two rooms. Interior decorator, Kate Fitzgerald-Wilks, tackled the first floor walnut paneled library room, reflecting the Ware family's love of yachts. She said it was a challenge to not overdo the nautical theme.

"I wanted visitors to understand the decor was about Senator Ware's love of the sea," she said. "But I didn't want the room to look like it belonged at the sea shore."

Other featured areas include a two tiered dining room surrounded on three sides by large windows, several bedrooms, a masculine office and connecting bathroom and a gentleman's study and wine bar on the top floor.

Even before the mansion makeover, the structure had a unique history in itself. When John Ware, Jr. purchased the mansion in 1926., it sat about a while from its current location, which is now in the heart of the Ware Village Retirement Campus. But, after a feud with neighbors in 1931, Ware had the home hoisted onto steel beams and pulled across town by train, while family and guests partied in the home.

Proceeds from the three week designer showhouse event benefit village residents, who will also use the new kitchen and lounge area for parties, meetings and events.

Looking around the beautifully restored living room, Replogle added, "It feels as if it's someone's wonderful home that's been well cared for."
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