Swanona Mansion at Historic Centre Park
The Law Offices of Scott G. Hoh’s main headquarters is located at the historic James H. Carpenter Swanona Mansion in the City of Reading’s Centre Park Historic District. Scott and Dr. Ruben Flores are the owners of this building. The Law Offices of Scott G. Hoh will also be opening an Adamstown, Lancaster County field office later in 2016. That office will serve Northern Lancaster County (Cocalico School District – Denver, Stevens, Reamstown, Adamstown, Reinholds, Blainsport, PA) and Southern Lebanon County.
Tour this Architectural Masterpiece
The main Swanona Mansion was built in 1891 by James H. Carpenter, the founder of Carpenter Technology Corporation (previously a Fortune 500 Company). The main mansion is nearly 9,000 sq.ft. and is built in a Queen Anne / Italianate style. The rear carriage house, which now has 3 apartments, still has the original elements for horse drawn carriages. The property served as a personal residence for the Carpenter family, Attorney Hoh and Dr. Flores purchased the property in February, 2014.
The main mansion now includes 12 offices, a grand salon reception room, 2 large conference rooms and 1 small conference room, a kitchen/break room, and multiple bathrooms and is fully ADA accessible. The property also include 18 Off-Street parking spaces, so it is very convenient for clients and visitors to park and meet at our office. This building acts as a shared office professional building. The attorneys and other tenants each operate their own business, but are able to take advantage of shared office amenities, a common telephone receptionists, beverage and coffee service, and other shared services.
One-Stop Shop for Real Estate Services
One goal of the Swanona Mansion is that comprehensive and coordinated real estate services can be provided at a single location. 1) Attorney Scott Hoh serves as a real estate and probate attorney; 2) Attorney David Beane has a boutique law practice that concentrates in Environmental Law; 3) Attorneys Gregory Ghen and Gary Dorsett practice Family Law and are involved in the selling of homes during divorce; 4) Landscape Settlement Services provides real estate settlement services, property searches and title insurance; 5) Acre Mortgage and Office Manager Leo Harvey provides a broad range of residential mortgage products; 6) S & S Equity, Inc. provides apartment management services and manages more than 300 rental units; 7) Garden Hills Investments & Flores Properties also manages a portfolio of apartments, and 8) Reading Renovations, Inc. provides construction management and rehabilitation services. We also work with several realtors and brokers. The Swanona Professional Building has a reputation for providing comprehensive “One Stop Shop” real estate services.
The Swanona building is nearly at full occupancy, and currently has the following tenants. Please see the link to other building tenant websites.
- Gregory S. Ghen, Esquire (Family Law)
- Garden Hills Investments / Flores Rentals (Apartment Rentals)
- Scott G. Hoh, Esquire (Real Estate & Estate Law)
- Gary L. Dorsett, Esquire (Family & Criminal Law)
- David R. Beane, Esquire (Environmental Law)
- Igor Litinov, Esquire (Criminal Law)
- Landscape Settlement Services (Title Insurance & Closings)
- Acre Mortgage Company (Mortgage Lender)
- S&S Equity Management (Property Management)
- Reading Renovations, Inc. (Construction Services)
- Open Office
History of James H. Carpenter
The story of James Henry Carpenter is fascinating. He developed an interest in sailing ships growing up on Long Island Sound, he served as a midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy and was a fighting sailing during the U.S. Civil War, where he was wounded in action. It was during the Civil War that the first Iron Clad ships saw military action and Carpenter developed an interest in munitions, torpedoes, iron plating and armaments. After the Civil War, Carpenter traveled to Europe to study steel making. He was drawn to Reading, partly at the invitation of the Reading City Council, due to the availability of forges, a skilled work force, natural resources such as iron and coal, and the system of railroads and canals that made Reading an industrial powerhouse. Some of Carpenter’s first contracts were with the Navy Department to build steel plating and munitions. At the time he built his mansion, which he names “Swanona” or “the Swan” in 1891, he frequently walked from his home to the factory which was about 1 mile away. Today, Carpenter Technology has thousands of employees and is one of the leading manufacturer of specialized and high-grade steel products for the aerospace, automotive and defense industries. James H. Carpenter passed away, likely from pneumonia, at his beloved Swanona Mansion.
The property is rumored to have several ghosts living at the mansion, and the current owners are experiencing issues with the alarm system tripping for no apparent reason and with lights turning on and off for unexplained reasons.
A new Swanona Mansion website is under construction. The building is also a location for receptions, cocktail parties, fundraisers, lectures and other events. The building will be on the Centre Park Christmas Tour in December, 2016 and other events are planned throughout the year. Please check the new website for a full listing of events.