Lancaster, PA (PressExposure) March 07, 2011 -- Lancaster County's Creswell landfill in Manor Township, PA is best known for trash. But not anymore, due to the restoration of the Reiber House, an 18th-century stone bank house that is one of the oldest homes in Lancaster County by the team of Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Paden De La Fuente, LLC and Jeff Snader of PA HomeWorks, LLC.
The pre-Revolutionary War Reiber House, likely built around 1750, was in severe disrepair. The house's heirs, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, Manor Township and others worked with the authority to save the house. In 2004, the stone structure was excavated, lifted and moved several hundred yards, near River Road and the entrance to the landfill. There it sat until outside renovations were made in 2006 and interior improvements in 2010 by PA HomeWorks, LLC.
Some of the unique features in the restoration include many original beams, cutouts of original plaster with wheat stalks visible, clay brick insulation (used originally to inhibit fire in case of an Indian attack), wide-plank floor was restored, replicas of a bible shelf and a floor-to-ceiling Pennsylvania German schrank were made to complete the interior.
The Reiber House, next door to Turkey Hill, will serve as a meeting place for authority functions, school groups and others. "It really is a multiuse adaptive re-use. It's the way to preserve buildings like that. We are proud to bring our quality restoration team to this project, and bring life into this historic site", said Jeff Snader, of PA HomeWorks, LLC.
PA Homeworks is a Lancaster, PA based home remodeling company specializing in all aspects of home and business remodeling, including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, whole house remodeling, historic renovations and general contracting. They serve Lancaster, York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as well as the Mid-Atlantic region.
To see an overview of the Reiber House restoration project, visit http://www.pahomeworks.com.