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brighten place

Last week, a Philadelphia radio host, Kathy Romano, drove through Chalfont and remarked how ‘uninviting’ the town was to someone passing through.  Here’s a link to the bit.  As a joke, I tweated her photos from our July 4th parade, but in all seriousness, it made me realize just how bad the town presents itself.  Over the next few posts, I’m going to show you shuttered businesses within the boro (some I have shown before).  When I’m done, I’ll present s summary with links to all the posts totaling 8 businesses and one church.

In June of 2014, Brighten Place (also listed as Brighton place), a brain rehabilitation facility in Chalfont, quietly closed their doors. There are plans to redevelop the site into an apartment complex which include demolishing the existing building, so I thought I better get a few shots of it before it’s too late. It’s a pretty cool building, I believe the architectural style is “Second Empire“.

Here’s a shot of the building from Chestnut St. The slate upper building is cool, they vinyl siding, not so pretty.  There is some serious rot in fascia boards.

brighten place

brighten place

A shot of the overgrown smoking area

smoking area

smoking area

The vacant porch

the vacant porch

the vacant porch

My favorite, the stairs from Park Avenue. We’ve sat near these stair every year for the 4th of July parade.  Next year might be different if they actually start construction …

the stairs

the stairs

 

4 thoughts on “brighten place

  1. Lady Fi says:

    There is still a beauty to those vacant buildings! Love the monochrome photos.

  2. You manage to make it look good though.

    What on earth is a brain rehab centre???

  3. rebecca says:

    The abandonded buildings along 202 near Bristol are the worst!

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