The Heywood Brothers Chair Factory

The year 2002 and first months of 2003 have been a busy period for the Preservation Alliance's easement program: the Alliance acquired preservation easements on six historic properties in Philadelphia, bringing the total number of properties protected under Alliance-held easements to more than 170.

These easements protect properties whose historic uses range from a rocking-chair factory, to the original corporate headquarters of publishing and oil companies, to commercial storefronts along Chestnut Hill's historic Germantown Avenue, to the headquarters of the Commandant of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Preservation easements held by the Alliance require that all current and future property owners retain and maintain the historic appearance of the protected property in perpetuity. In exchange, most donors of preservation easements are entitled to a charitable-gift deduction against federal taxes. The new easements are:

The Heywood Brothers Chair Factory (1010 Race Street) was built in 1892 and is one of the best preserved Victorian-era examples of architect Willis Hale's work. In addition to rattan furniture and baby carriages, Heywood Brothers was best known for manufacturing bentwood rocking chairs in the style of Austrian designers, Thonet Brothers.

Now called the Bentwood Rocker Factory Lofts, the eight-story, brick building -which stands in the center of Philadelphia¹s thriving Chinatown - has been just redeveloped as loft condominiums by developers Silver and Harding. The decorative brickwork, ornamental terra-cotta embellishments, and façade fenestration characterized by monumental arches provide 1010 Race Street with an architectural style that is significantly livelier than most of the city's other industrial buildings.