SOTA’s Show House 2014 is a mansion in Historic Bethlehem on former Moravian grounds. The home was built in the 1870’s in the Federal style with an addition added during the 1910s. Designers will incorporate the owners’ antiques and art collection into current design styles to help make an old home new to the theme Refresh, Renew, Redo! Designers are working in their truest capacity by meeting with the owners to see how they can showcase their style while keeping the owners’ taste and the home’s style in mind. Visitors to the SOTA Show House 2014 will see the fruition of the collaboration. The owners’ collection includes colonial, African and European pieces including a 16th century linen press and original Fred Bees painting. The mansion’s many architectural appointments include a grand staircase, French doors, Mercer tiled fireplaces, a sleeping porch and elaborate crown moldings. The land was once owned by William Penn family and in 1741 passed to the Moravian Church with the requirement to provide a single red rose annually in exchange for use of the land. The home is being titled, “Downtown Abbey” due to its grandeur and its connection to the Moravian community, which together invoke parallels to the popular TV show.
Proceeds benefit the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley education programs, the SOTA Education Endowment and the SOTA Print Fund.
“Downtown Abbey” is not handicapped accessible. Children under the age of 10, cameras, video equipment and spiked heels are not permitted.