Bethany Center, originally the country estate and gentlemen's cattle farm of John Strongman, one of the founders of F.W. Woolworth, was built in 1903 in the grand Gatsby style. The original estate consisted of an eclectic Greek revival mansion and associated out buildings surrounded by 1000 acres of fields, manicured gardens and lawns.
Abandoned in 1961, the estate suffered years of neglect until its purchase as the site of Bethany Center - a residential treatment program for chemical dependency.
David Lewis Architects designed the Center's renovation. Original architectural details were restored. New construction was designed in the spirit of the turn-of-the-century buildings. The charm of the original estate remains, yet its function have been creatively altered to incorporate entirely new and complex uses: housing, health care, dining and recreation.
Location: Bethany, PA, US
My Role: Prinicipal