End of the Beginning is an artful, soulful, love-full place—close to everything and yet a world apart. It’s a sanctuary for solitude and reflection or for sharing and celebration. It’s a unique and beautiful symphony of architecture, craft and art—truly one of a kind and beyond compare.
Just minutes from the bustle of Route 29, the PA Turnpike, 202, the Great Valley Corporate area, Wegman’s, Whole Foods, Farmers' Markets, Milky Way Farm, Peoples' Light Theatre, Great Valley Nature Center, and the Paoli Amtrak and Septa Train Station, End of the Beginning is a beautiful and tranquil woodland retreat located in Malvern, Charlestown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, part of the Great Valley School District.
The four buildings on the 2.7 acre property were designed by architect Helena van Vliet who specializes in creating collaborative, “restorative places that connect with the natural world.”
The house was built in 1989 by John Diament. It was renovated, starting circa 2000, by Larry Grace, who also built the detached garage (Garage Gallery) and Guest House (Guessed House). The design, quality of construction and attention to detail are like no other home in the surrounding Philadelphia region.
Renowned blacksmith artist, Greg Leavitt designed and hand forged the two large steel and copper trees into the main entrance.
What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning.
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