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232 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. 232 Bala Avenue shares a faceted corner entrance with the Montgomery Avenue side of the apartment complex. The corner doorway has a small cornice supported by two brackets. The corners of this small faceted fašade are defined by quoins of large stones in varying colors. Cornices and stone lintels add to the simple Greek Revival style. (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: BC067

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