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230 Bala Ave

Date of Construction: 1924
Original Architect:
Original Owner:
Description of the Resource: This large E-shaped three-story apartment and commercial complex does not appear to have had any major additions since it was constructed in 1924. Possibly part of the building campaign carried out by the Bala Cynwyd Building Association, which was founded in 1909 to promote development, the building retains its original function as a mixed use residential/commercial complex. Called Dunfern Apartments, it is the oldest structure in this commercial area and runs along Hardie Way, Montgomery Avenue, and Bala Avenue, anchoring the north end of the Bala Avenue commercial district. The primary residential entrances are on Montgomery Avenue, and commercial storefront entrances are on Bala Avenue (See 10 Montgomery Avenue). The complex is built of brick and stone; the coursed stonework is used on the streetfront facades. 230 Bala Avenue is similar in scale and design to 228 Bala with a few additions. The entrance doorway has wood paneling and is topped by an arched pediment. The second story windows have arched ornamentation, and the third story windows have stone lintels similar to those on the second story of 228 Bala. There is a French door on the third story, and there may have originally been a matching French door on the second story, but it has been replaced by a window. The building is capped with a cornice. (10/2012)
Class: 2
Street Classification: Secondary
Name of Local Historic District: Not in a local district
Name of National Historic District: Not applicable
Reviewed By: Historical Commission
Inventory Index Number: BC066

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