Photos of Parking Day

Here are a few photos from the PARK(ing) Day Pop-Up Park held on September 16-18th, 2016, at the corner of State & Main, Doylestown, PA.

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2016 Park(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day Pop-Up Park

September 16-18, 2016

The corner of State & Main, Doylestown, PA

COME ENJOY a lively green oasis in the heart of Doylestown Borough and witness the temporary transformation of a parking lot into a town square.


Friday September 16
  • 12 noon – Opening & Concert by Fools and Prophets
  • 7-8:00 p.m. – Concert by Cherry Lane Duo Unplugged
Saturday September 17
  • 1-2:00 p.m. – Tammy Talks: Martha Mercer
  • 7-8:00 p.m. – Concert by George Thompson
Sunday September 18
  • 10-11:00 a.m. – Storytime with Miss Larissa
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Fun with Bubbles by Nerice of Busy Bee Toys

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2016 Doylestown Parking Day

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RE/Discover Doylestown

The Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Doylestown’s October program will showcase the interesting architecture of Doylestown, presented by Jennifer Jarret.

Mrs Jarret will ‘walk’ us through our beloved town and describe the buildings, their history, and their quirks. “Historic materials aren’t good because they’re old; they’re old because they’re good!”

Brief teaser, full blog post coming soon.

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‘Pop Up Park’ To Appear In Doylestown (Article)

By Stephanie Lisle
This article was originally posted via Doylestown Patch, on September 9, 2015

Temporary 120 foot by 8 foot wide park on E. State Street will include plants, seating, artwork and special free events.

Park(ing) Day sketch

Imagine a greener, more people-friendly space in place of parking spots. This is exactly what will happen when PARK(ing) FOR PEOPLE, a “pop-up park,” appears on E. State Street in Doylestown. This temporary 120 foot long by 8 foot wide park will include plants, seating, artwork, and special free events, including a story time and musical entertainment.

It’s all the work of a design team that includes students and faculty from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University, and volunteers including architects, landscape architects, horticulturalists, artists and citizens.

“Bringing this idea into reality has required a ton or cooperation and coordination among many organizations and individuals,” said Baldev Lamba, the event’s leader. “But it’s also been a wonderfully energizing, fun and rewarding experience. The outpouring of encouragement and offers of help from the community has shown over and over again just how amazing people in the Doylestown area truly are.”

The goal of this project is to engage and celebrate pedestrians through a place created for people to “park” rather than cars. The park is in honor of a worldwide event known as PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day’s mission is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to spark discussions about how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of our human habitat – at least until the meter runs out!

Amidst a beautiful display of plants and trees, Abby Sernoff, a local Mixed Media Collage Artist, is working on creating a 6 foot tall cylindrical art piece titled “Taking Flight” which incorporates several of her original bird and nature inspired works.

An art installation by CB West senior Olivia Horan titled “Diaphanous Bloom” is “reflecting on my generation’s struggle in claiming ownership of our future and our role in securing and improving a better world.” Olivia says.

Events will include:

Friday, September 18:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Grand Opening and Concert by Faith and Practice
  • 3:45–5:45 p.m. – Concert by Lucas Ebeling Trio

Saturday, September 19

  • 8:30 a.m. – Join Dtown Bike Riding Basics on a bike ride to the pop-up park (starting at Linden Elementary School)
  • 10:00–10:45 a.m. – Story time with Miss Larissa
  • Noon–1:00 p.m. – Concert by the Overtone Acoustic Duo

More events are being added, and there will also be a photo competition held during the event. For more information and the most up-to-date schedule, follow the Facebook page PARKing for People at:

PARK(ing) FOR PEOPLE is supported by generous support from area businesses, civic and professional organizations, including Schumacher Landscaping & Construction; Sentinal Process Systems Inc.; the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Bucks Beautiful, Clearview Nursery Inc., Doylestown Borough’s Environmental and Recreation Committee, Doylestown Business Alliance, Feeney’s Plant Nursery and Garden Center, Huberific Graphic Design Studio, Ralph C. Fey AIA Architects, Temple University Ambler.

Anyone interested in also becoming a sponsor is welcome to contact event chair Baldev Lamba at

This event is designed and put into effect by The Doylestown PARK(ing) Day Design Committee:

  • Baldev Lamba, Event Chair, Principal, Lamba Associates Chair, LA/Hort, Temple University
  • Jennifer Jarret, Historical Architect, Jarret Preservation & Design
  • Stephanie Lisle, Art Promotion/Event Planning
  • Kristen Horine, Landscape Designer
  • Kali Smalley, Landscape Designer
  • Kristin Winters, Student at Temple
  • Abby Sernoff, Artist
  • Chris May, May Horticultural Services, Inc. & Chair, Doylestown Borough Shade Tree Commission
  • Jim Resek and Judith Stratton, Doylestown Borough Shade Tree Commission Carter van Dyke and Peter Fernandez of Carter van Dyke Associates and Bucks Beautiful
  • Faculty, Staff and Students from the Department of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture at Temple University
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How to “Read” an Old House

What story does your house have to tell?

You might be surprised what can be discovered with a little knowledge and observation. Doylestown historic architect Jennifer Jarret discusses architectural styles, clues to building alterations and dating, and how to uncover the life story of an old (or even not-so-old) house. Attendees will learn how to recognize the most common styles, explore the basic steps in building analysis, and investigate the role of materials in dating a historic structure.

Included in museum admission. After the program, visit the Mercer’s new exhibit, House & Home.

Date: Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Time: 2pm
Location: Mercer Museum
Contact: 215-345-0210


Posted in Architecture, Dating, Design, History, Mercer Museum, Style, Tour

“A Doylestown Architect’s Legacy” (Article)

Written by Bridget Wingert. October 2nd, 2014, Bucks County Herald (pg A11)

Standing outside Oscar Martin’s house last Sunday, Jennifer Jarret, an architectural historian, described some of the details – and there were plenty, inside and out.

Details are in the brickwork – Flemish bond, a checkerboard pattern, on main walls; in the Flemish gable at the center; in the dining room’s coffered ceiling; in shelves and staircases: and in the tiny library at the back of the house.

On this sunny and warm day, groups of walkers were learning about Oscar Martin buildings during the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Design Tour. This year, the focus was on Doylestown Borough. It was Sept. 28, Martin’s 141st birthday.

The architect built his house at Shewell Avenue and Union Street in 1902, when he was just 25, and he lived in it the rest of life. It is a brick house, a transition from the Victorian and Queen Anne styles of just a few years before, to the early 20th-century Craftsman influence.

On an opposite corner, the 1899 Meyers House, was Martin’s first commission. Seeing one house across from the other allowed immediate comparison in styles – Queen Anne but simplified on one side, the Martin’s more modern home on the other side.

Read the full article on the Herald’s website.

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Doylestown Firehouse, photograph by Mark Markgraff

Doylestown Firehouse, photograph by Mark Markgraff

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Excellence in Design Tour

On this amazing walking tour, docents will point out additional sites along the 2-hour tour that contribute to Martin’s large body of residential and commercial work and the characteristics that make his designs distinctive today. Builds on the Oscar Martin-themed seminar on September 24th.

Sunday, September 28, 1-4pm
$15 per person in advance or $20 day of the tour.
Please allow 3 hours for the tour. The tour starts promptly at 1pm

Contact the Chamber for more details: or call 215.348.3913 x115.

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Excellence in Design Seminar & Reception

Doylestown’s Preeminent Architect: A. O. Martin Innovative and Enduring

Photography by Mark Markgraff

Photography by Mark Markgraff

Love local history, architecture or Doylestown? Learn how these 19th Century Homes have been updated, retro fitted and have become more energy efficient. See what buildings will be on the tour and many others.

Wednesday, September 24, 5-7p.m.
The Standard Club & The Oscar Martin Room
127 E. State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Contact the Chamber for more details: or call 215.348.3913 x115.

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