2002 Vassar Show House
Devon, Pennsylvania
In Collaboration with
Devine Designs, Inc.

A mudroom designed for "Arrivals" and "Departures" tracks the history of our Main Line Railway, with a side of canine fantasy.  Grab you leash -- all aboard!"

excerpt from the
Vassar Show House 2002 Catalogue






View from Kitchen


"As a balance to the house's formal spaces, Architect Maurice Weintraub of Wayne (and Interior Designer Eileen Devine of Devon,) took (the) backdoor mudroom literally as an area for arrivals and departures, using the railroad heritage of the Main Line to design the space. ......  








View from Landing

..... The ceiling is an aerial view of the landscape down the spine of the rail line; the walls are papered in blown-up maps of the Overbrook to Paoli landscape from the time of the house's construction;  tiny train cars line the wainscoting; railroad memorabilia is everywhere in lanterns, a conductor's coin carrier and signs".

Weintraub delights in pointing out word puns in the old maps and historic treasures in the room. "There's comfort in the past" he says of the space, ....."

by Martha Van Artsdalen
News of Delaware County
May 8, 2002




Ceiling Detail


"Even the house's mudroom, created by architect Maurice Weintraub of Wayne and Eileen Devine of Devine Designs, Inc. in Devon, possesses a unique allure with its theme featuring local railroad history and memorabilia.

Wall maps display various segments of Main Line Railway locations.  Pennsylvania Railroad lanterns, conductor's caps, door knobs and other knickknacks highlight the room's theme.  Even the ceiling features a Main Line Railroad map, which points out specific landmarks of note, including the Show House."

 by Barbara Worthington
Daily Local News
April 29, 2002


Ceiling & Border Detail

"The mudroom was done in a train motif complete with toy trains and period maps (reproductions) used as wall coverings -- so appropriate for a Main Line location"

by Mary Beth Kelly of
Main Line Today Magazine
June 2002








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