Dear Friends of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, we have exciting news to share!
This Spring we broke ground on a very important renovation project. Sycamore/Linden House might be the easiest of our Community Houses to recognize, due to the large Angel sculpture affixed to the eastern facing stone wall, and its close proximity to Pughtown Road. What many passing through might not know is when Mr. and Mrs. Alaric Myrin gifted their estate to Camphill in November of 1974 Sycamore House was originally a horse stable, and the attached Linden House served as the stable-masters quarters. The following year Sycamore/Linden was converted into a large community house. The Angel sculpture was designed and built by Carlo Pietzner during this first renovation. The house was filled with life and love, and blossomed into the large home that it is today. I and eleven others make up the current household, and once again, we are renovating, not to build a home but to adapt it.
We are improving on the existing structure by building out a one story addition; built off of the eastern facing stone wall (Carlo’s Angel will remain untouched). This will become a spacious living room enabling us to move our over-crowded dining area out of the kitchen and into the old living room/new dining room. A second story will be added to Linden, the attached two bedroom apartment, making it a five bedroom, two bathroom attached, and yet private space for a family.
Downstairs in Sycamore two existing bedrooms and one bathroom will be adapted to make them wheelchair accessible, the bathroom APA certified with a roll-in shower. Since its founding in 1974, Kimberton Hills has become home to 43 resident adults with special needs. Of the 43 current residents, 27 are elderly (50 or older), and many are beginning to require such accessible living spaces as those we are creating in the Sycamore/Linden renovation project.
In the near future we will be creating a plan for the necessary renovations of our existing structures. While several houses have the potential to be adapted like Sycamore/Linden, our aging population is such that we might meet the need to build an additional Elder Care House, as we did with Serena House more than a decade ago now. For these pipe (and electrical) dreams, we need your support to bring them to fruition. There are so many wonderful ways to support the amazing work of this community, now and as we move into the future. Every little bit counts!
If you are interested in supporting us as you are able, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We in the development office love what’s happening here, and are always excited to talk about it.
Development & Grant Writing
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills