Testimony Begins On Revised Plan For Oscar Hammerstein Museum In Doylestown

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The grandson of Oscar Hammerstein has scaled back his plan for a museum honoring the Broadway lyricist in an effort to get zoning approval.

Will Hammerstein needs variances to build the project on his grandfather’s former farm in Doylestown, outside Philadelphia. The proposal includes construction of a 400-seat theater.

Township supervisors and neighbors oppose the effort, saying it’s too much development for the parcel. The site known as Highland Farm currently operates as a bed-and-breakfast.

At a zoning board meeting Monday, Hammerstein presented a revised blueprint with fewer parking spaces and a larger buffer between adjacent properties.

Officials heard hours of testimony but continued the hearing until March.

Highland Farm was Oscar Hammerstein’s primary residence during his musical partnership with Richard Rodgers. Hammerstein died there in 1960.

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