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Santa needs new home in Doylestown

by Christa Shoemaker-DeBree, The Doylestown, PA Intelligencer | Posted: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 12:15 pm; Updated: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 9:30 am

 

DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA --- Not even Santa's home-away-from-home could withstand this winter's foul weather.

 

The red cottage, where the Jolly Old Elf had visited with thousands of Doylestown's children each year, was destroyed after two ice-laden tree branches fell onto it.

 

"It's sad," said Michael Kendrick, President of the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance, which looks after Santa's house while he's back home at the North Pole. "Santa's house is crushed."

 

Originally built by students from the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, the little cottage had withstood some 30 years' worth of winter weather. While from the outside it looked like little more than a shed, from the inside it was a cozy, well-insulated home for Santa. It was built on top of a steel frame, which allowed it to be moved from storage each season to the Hamilton Avenue parking lot every Christmas.

 

It was that frame that was crushed by the two branches, according to Kendrick, who also cited holes in the roof along with several ruined decorations. "It's just a structure, not a shed. And it had everything short of plumbing," Kendrick explained.

 

Kendrick went on to add that it would cost as much to replace Santa's house as it would to repair it. Estimates put the cost at around $20,000. Though he's still waiting based on insurance, he expects that only at least half of the cost will be covered because of depreciation.

 

The Business and Community Alliance is now applying for grants, as well as accepting donations for a replacement Santa's house, said Kendrick. The new house would also be handicapped accessible, in addition to serving as a centerpiece to the borough's growing holiday celebrations.

 

If all goes according to plan, Kendrick continued, Santa could make a possible summertime visit to inspect his new headquarters, and to make sure that Doylestown's kids are still behaving themselves.

 

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Chris Capstone

I like the way this article is written. "Santa's home away from" and "while he's back home at the north pole" it's nice to see a reporter make an effort to preserve the magic.

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Ricky Claus

That is a great article. Thank you for sharing it.

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davidjcross1984

Good story

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Santa Hill

I agree with Chris, well written and in the proper tone to boot.

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KKringle

Very Very well written and the writer and editor did it right!

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