Shane Patrick’s growing reputation as THE expert in urban renovation and rehabilitation has brought us several interesting projects in recent years. Among the most unique is the private, classic automotive lodge we’re building in East Allentown for an international jewelry magnate. Located on the site of a former drive-in movie theater, the center is designed and built to emulate an 18th Century Pennsylvania Dutch/American barn, and the design, craftsmanship and authentic materials brought to this project will add another jewel in the crown of Pennsylvania’s Queen City.
Barn finds are a rare treasure for collectors of classic automobiles. Typically stored or hidden away for years or decades, these timeless motorcars carry the patina of the ages yet are often found to be in pristine running condition. The Allentown Classic Motorcar Auto Park on the site of the former Union Boulevard Drive-In – not far from where the transistor was invented and within view of Allentown’s ongoing urban renaissance – is designed to complement that feel of a “barn find” for those who appreciate the ageless appeal of its historic look paired with the best of contemporary building standards.
When our client, the leader of a family known for its exquisite jewelry and timepieces, wanted a Motor Car Park where he could entertain visitors and display his extensive collection of classic American automobiles from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, we knew that this project had to meet the exacting standards that defined the client’s own global reputation for excellence and craftsmanship.
It exemplifies the unmatched partnerships that mark every Shane Patrick project, from the cohesive design to the clockwork precision of Old World craftsmanship. Authentic building materials, including a ¾ inch slate roof stone and wood beams reclaimed from authentic 18th and 19th Century buildings, were used in the construction. All of the new materials used in the construction have been fabricated to emulate an authentic, 18th Century feel.
This project has already won fervent praise from preservationists and architectural reviews for the way we were able to meld the traditional design with the requisite demands of 21st Century construction.
The building features a “great room” highlighted by vaulted ceilings supported by authentic 8” by 12” wood barn beams and large windows. In addition, there is a full caterer’s kitchen, two guest rooms, a wine cellar and other amenities, all enclosed in real plaster walls to enhance the authentic look and feel.
A projection alcove in the great room will allow our client to show films on the rebuilt drive-in movie screen and an approximately mile-long, paved road will give him the opportunity to enjoy driving the classic automobiles. The landscaping of the site is designed to provide a rural atmosphere with plantings and trees selected to obscure the site from nearby streets and buildings for privacy.
Pride and legacy are of utmost importance to our client. Those same traits are equally revered by Shane Patrick Associates, and we strive to meet the same standards for every client, on every job.