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Connor Homes and Winterthur Museum announce home design licensing agreement

first_imgConnor Homes of Middlebury, Vermont, has announced that it has recently been granted the exclusive license to produce a line of homes to be endorsed by Winterthur, the museum, garden, and library that is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. The design inspiration for this new line of historically authentic, architecturally detailed homes comes from the museum’s extensive archives as well as interpretations and adaptations of existing architecture presently found on the Winterthur estate.Located just north of Wilmington, Delaware, Winterthur is situated on 1,000 acres and is the repository of one of the most extensive and important collections of early American decorative arts in the country. There are 175 rooms in the house, containing approximately 85,000 objects. Tours and special exhibitions highlight aspects of the collection, which includes furniture, ceramics, metals, and textiles as well as fine art. The estate is also world renowned for its extensive naturalistic garden, a legacy of H. F. du Pont’s horticultural knowledge and design skill.Connor Homes has earned a national reputation for the design and manufacture of historic American architecture through a process it calls ‘Mill-Built Architecture.’ Michael Connor, company founder and CEO said the company is thrilled and honored by this one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in the endeavor with Winterthur. He notes that it is a tribute to the years of research and development by the Connor Homes team that has earned it the reputation for an expertise uniquely suited for such an undertaking. ‘Our job will be to create floor plans and living environments that transcend the needs and requirements that motivated the original floor layouts, so that we can create new layouts suited to the present era, while preserving the architectural integrity and charm of a former time. Our company has demonstrated through its existing portfolio of home designs that it has the appropriate sensitivity to historic architecture that enables us to harmoniously meld the revered architectural elements of the past with the living requirements of the present.’The Vermont company points to an additional interesting connection between itself and Winterthur: Electra Havemeyer Webb, founder of Vermont’s own Shelburne Museum and friend to H. F. du Pont, was among the first to interest him in American art and antiques. On a visit to the Webbs’ home in 1923, du Pont was taken with the color combination of a pine cupboard holding pink Staffordshire dishes. That inspirational cupboard’a gift of the Webb family’with the original ceramics, is now prominently displayed at Winterthur.‘All of us at Winterthur are truly excited about this agreement’it’s a perfect partnership,’ says Kristin L. DeMesse, director of Winterthur Licensed Products.  ‘Connor Homes’ dedication to early American architecture and attention to detail is unsurpassed, and we know their Winterthur designs will be exceptional.’ Work on the design venture will begin this spring when a team of designers from Connor Homes will begin researching the many historic house plans and photos in the museum’s extensive archives. First plans and home offerings are expected in the summer and fall of this year.For more information on Winterthur, including their extensive collection, programs, events, and exhibitions, please visit them online at www.winterthur.org(link is external) or call 800-448-3883.ABOUT CONNOR HOMES: At Connor Homes we have a unique approach to building new homes. Our 40 years in the residential building business have enabled us to couple our wealth of experience in historic architectural design and construction with a state of the art manufacturing process so that we offer the exquisite detailing and building proportions of classic architecture at a cost that is affordable to the everyday home buyer.  We provide a complete, highly detailed, and historically accurate Mill-Built home, and the quality of our homes is unsurpassed, even by the highest level custom site builder.For more information on Connor Homes, including photo galleries, home plans and detailed information about their Mill-Built Architecture process, or to learn more about their upcoming Winterthur home designs, please visit www.connorbuilding.com(link is external) Source: Connor Homes. Photo by Jim Westphalen Photographylast_img read more

Sinar Mas Land, Mitbana form partnership to build TODs in South Tangerang

first_imgProperty developer Sinar Mas Land, through PT Bumi Serpong Damai, has formed a partnership with Singapore-based Mitbana Pte Ltd to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) in BSD City, South Tangerang, Banten.Mitbana, established in March 2019, is a joint venture company of Mitsubishi Corporation from Japan and Surbana Jurong from Singapore.“With this commitment, Mitbana will become Sinar Mas Land’s largest development partner in BSD City, and we look forward to having our partnership bring even better value to our residents and becoming a model for TOD developments in Indonesia,” said Sinar Mas Land group chief executive officer Michael Widjaja.Mitbana will work with Sinar Mas Land to transform over 100 hectares of greenfield land in BSD City into TODs comprising residential units, commercial properties, living amenities and public transport nodes. This undertaking will enlarge BSD City’s existing development footprint and expand on its current population of 200,000 residents, Sinar Mas said in a statement. According to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Singapore was Indonesia’s top foreign investor in the first half of 2020, with a total of US$3.4 billion in realized investments comprising 5,348 projects. During the same period, Japan was the second-largest with investment of US$2.4 billion comprising 3,708 projects, the statement read.Mitbana CEO Gareth Wong said, “The future growth potential of TODs in Indonesia presents many scalable development opportunities for Mitbana, and we are very excited to make this first step toward realizing our vision of becoming a leading urban development fund that transforms communities through smart, sustainable and social development thrusts.”BSD City is Sinar Mas Land’s flagship town development that encompasses a total land area of approximately 6,000 hectares.Topics :last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, November 16, 2015:•8:14 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery of a known suspect(s) in the 600 block E. 22nd, Wellington.•10:31 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•3:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1800 block N. A, Wellington.•5:39 p.m. Officers investigated stalking and criminal damage to property by a known suspect in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.•5:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block N. High, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Stormie G. Higgenbotham, 53, Wellington and Dominque L. Vargas, 18, Wellington.•7:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 100 block Apple Blossom Lane, Wellington.last_img read more

Production up, giving economic forecast shot in arm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The economy is becoming a well-oiled machine,” said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. Industrial strength in March was broad-based. Machinery, clothing, consumer appliances, furniture and carpeting, and business equipment all posted production gains. Even the struggling automotive sector saw some improvement. That swamped some weakness in home electronics and textiles. Economists believe economic growth for the January-March quarter will clock in at a brisk pace of 4.5 percent or higher. The government will release first-quarter figures at the end of the month. In the current April-to-June quarter, the economy is expected to moderate to a pace in the range of 3 percent, which would still represent good growth, analysts said. With the economy solidly chugging ahead, the Federal Reserve and other economists are being especially watchful for any signs that inflation may flare up. WASHINGTON – U.S. industry headed into the spring with a full head of steam: Production at factories, mines and utilities rose by 0.6 percent in March in the latest encouraging sign for the economy. The snapshot of industrial activity, released by the Federal Reserve on Friday, comes on the heels of other positive economic barometers. Consumers – a key ingredient of the country’s economic health – are keeping cash registers busy, and businesses are ramping up hiring, according to recent government reports. The solid increase in industrial production in March came after a 0.5 percent advance in February and was the largest since December. The showing was better than economists were expecting. The Federal Reserve boosted a key interest rate to a five-year high on March 28, the latest in a series of rate-raising moves since June 2004 to keep inflation in check. Many analysts expect another rate increase on May 10, the Fed’s next meeting. The proportion of overall industrial capacity in use climbed in March to 81.3 percent, the highest since September 2000, the Fed report showed. Economists look at this capacity utilization figure for clues about the future inflation climate. For instance, if plants were running at full tilt and couldn’t crank out enough goods to satisfy customers’ demand, there could be a run up in prices. March’s capacity utilization figure isn’t worrisome at this point, analysts said. “We are not there yet. I think anything north of 83 percent, we could see price pressures,” said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. The biggest slice of overall industrial production is manufacturing. Production at factories rebounded in March, rising by 0.5 percent. Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a research group, said the performance is akin to “a green light for manufacturing.” Analysts said factories are benefiting from decent demand for their goods not only from customers in the United States but also from other countries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more