Demolition under way at La Ronda

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chopper 6 HD was over La Ronda mansion in Bryn Mawr, Pa. as demolition continued on the afternoon of October 1, 2009.</span></div>
October 1, 2009 3:54:05 PM PDT
The demolition of the La Ronda mansion on the Main Line is under way. Chopper 6 HD was overhead in Bryn Mawr on Thursday as the heavy machinery started pulling down the walls.

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Community organizers opposed the demolition and a 90-day delay was issued in June. In that time a developer from Florida made an offer to move the house to another lot but that deal fell through.

Action News is told the previous owner was able to salvage some of the architectural elements.

La Ronda dates back to 1929 and was the final work of architect Addison Mizner. It has a castle-like appearance, complete with turrets and formal gardens.

Owner Joseph Kestenbaum plans to build a new home on the mansion's site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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