Tour of Lorenz House
On Sunday, October 19, 2014 approximately 40 members of the Friends of Old Annville toured one of the truly stunning historic restorations in Annville. Scott Eggert and Dan Massad, the owners of the Lorenz House at 112 North College Avenue, opened the restored home for a special walk-through tour of this former residence of a past president of Lebanon Valley College. Built in 1888 in the Queen Anne style, the home served as the residence for Edmund Lorenz who was president of LVC from 1887-1889.
The home, in poor shape when Scott and Dan began the restoration, needed significant work. Dennis Kreider, the contractor who carried out the restoration work, was stationed in the kitchen during the tour and fielded questions about the restoration process. During construction, evidence of the placements of the original walls and doorways was found, making it possible to restore much of the original floor plan. The original wood flooring, damaged beyond repair, was replaced by newer wood of the same width and coloring. The tall, almost floor-to-ceiling narrow windows (see photo at left) were all retained.
Paul Fullmer and Valerie Weiner of FOOA had prepared a short pocket history of the home that was given to all people touring the home. Following the tour, refreshments were served on the sunny but brisk Sunday afternoon in the newly-constructed urban-type garden at the back of the home. To all on the tour, the fully restored Lorenz House was an inspiring example of how a formerly run-down building, slated for demolition, could be so beautifully and functionally brought back to life. The Lorenz House is now both a piece of living history, and a beautiful, interesting, and comfortable place to live.