CPA firm gives tour of new office space in historic house
Established as a colonial tavern in the 1740s, the latest incarnation of the Historic Manor House Inn is the new home for Molinari Oswald LLC, a Certified Public Accounting firm.
The firm moved from its office in the Stabler Corporate Center in Upper Saucon Township to the historic site, also in the township, at 4508 Old Bethlehem Pike, and celebrated with an open house Wednesday. Molinari Oswald is the sole tenant of the three-story building.
“We were running out of space,” said Brad Reynolds, CPA and partner at Molinari Oswald. “It was important for us to stay in the area. There were a few properties for sale on Route 309. This ended up being the most cost-effective way to manage our space.”
With 7,800 square feet of usable space, the new home is about three times the size of its old office, Reynolds said.
The firm has 18 employees, which includes the recent acquisition of Michael F. Home & Co. and its employees. That firm had been in a building on Main Street in Hellertown.
Daniel Oswald, a partner of Molinari Oswald, as well as a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, said he was grateful no one else had the vision to renovate the property and transform it into a new office building.
The historic site had gone through numerous changes, operating as the Bald Eagle Inn, The Eagle Hotel in the early 1900s, the Inn of the Unicorn from 1972-1985 and, finally, The Manor House, a French restaurant that operated from 1985 to 2015.
Inside are multiple offices that retain much of the original features of the historic house with some modern comforts, including an original fireplace. One of the showpieces is a conference room that opens to a patio. It had once been a large dining area. Workers also installed a new stairway to lead to the offices on the next level.
The firm displayed photos along the hallways of its new home to preserve the details of the construction process and capture some of the images of the historic structure.
Jerdon Construction of South Whitehall Township did the construction work, a project that began in January and finished in August.
MKSD architects of South Whitehall Township designed the project.
Pennoni Associates of Bethlehem was the engineering firm.