Six Great Places To Be During Parkway 100 Kick Off Party

Six Great Places To Be During Parkway 100 Kick Off Party

September 7, 2017  |  Buzz

Parkway 100 kicks off a year-long celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Friday. Here are our picks for the event > more

Fierce & Fashionable: Philadelphia Female Labor Fighters Of The 20s & 30s

Fierce & Fashionable: Philadelphia Female Labor Fighters Of The 20s & 30s

September 5, 2017  |  Buzz

New book examines Kensington's radical hosiery workers and women in the labor movement from the Jazz Age to the New Deal. Nathaniel Popkin has the review > more

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In “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture,” The City Is A Muse

August 11, 2017  |  Buzz

Groundbreaking exhibit of the work of Louis Kahn brings his ideas to life, says Nathaniel Popkin > more

A Sneak Peek At <em>Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies</em>

A Sneak Peek At Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

August 8, 2017  |  Buzz

Michael Bixler has this behind-the scenes look at Cai Guo-Qiang's interactive dreamscape, "Fireflies." The Chinese artist will debut his mobile art project on September 14 in celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's centennial > more

The National? It's About To Reappear

The National? It’s About To Reappear

June 8, 2017  |  Buzz

The façade of the historic National Restaurant Supply Company building in Old City will be rebuilt as part of a 192-unit mixed-use development in Old City. Groundbreaking tomorrow > more

Gehry, PMA Break Ground On Major Renovation

Gehry, PMA Break Ground On Major Renovation

March 30, 2017  |  Buzz

The $196 million "Core Project" to renovate key areas of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and create nearly 100,000 square feet of new space began this morning with an official ceremony > more

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

March 17, 2017  |  Buzz

Two fans of Modernism re-evaluate architectural history with the exhibition, "What Was the Philadelphia School?" > more

Ode To Old Philadelphia

Ode To Old Philadelphia

March 10, 2017  |  Buzz

Inspired by photographs from Hidden City's 2016 calendar, aging Philadelphians share their thoughts and memories of the city through poetry. Ann de Forest has the backstory > more

Monument Lab Goes Big With 2017 Artist Roster

Monument Lab Goes Big With 2017 Artist Roster

February 1, 2017  |  Buzz

Mural Arts announces a roster of 22 artists and 10 locations for Monument Lab 2017. > more

Peoples Emergency Center Opens Doors To Low Income Artists

Peoples Emergency Center Opens Doors To Low Income Artists

January 25, 2017  |  Buzz

New affordable housing complex opens to low income artists in West Powelton's Promise Zone > more

Toll Bros. Render Grim Future For Historic Properties On Jewelers Row

Toll Bros. Render Grim Future For Historic Properties On Jewelers Row

January 25, 2017  |  Buzz

Toll Brothers renege on façade preservation promise with updated apartment tower proposal for Jewelers Row > more

The Best Seats In The City, Ban Be Damned

The Best Seats In The City, Ban Be Damned

January 16, 2017  |  Buzz

Last week Friends of Rittenhouse Square and PPR announced a ban from sitting on the interior walls of the park. Two days later Mayor Jim Kenney reversed the rule. We take a look at life along the balustrades in these old photos > more

Hidden City Campaign Passes Halfway Point On Way To $30,000

Hidden City Campaign Passes Halfway Point On Way To $30,000

December 8, 2016  |  Buzz

Needed still to reach must-get goal of $30,000: about 180 readers to give $15, $25, $50, $75, or more! > more

On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

November 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Thoughts on saving the inauthentic authenticity of Society Hill; water main breaks, again, in East Falls; and Southwark Elementary to hatch dragon schoolyard design > more

Treating The Civil War’s Wounded In West Philly

Treating The Civil War’s Wounded In West Philly

November 4, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Looking back at Satterlee General Hospital, PMA receives 5 Twombly sculptures, a “Sanctuary” in the Gayborhood, posters promote democracy, and PHL makes top ten list > more

Inside Northeast Philly's Temple Of Ryerss

Inside Northeast Philly’s Temple Of Ryerss

September 19, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. takes us on a fall field trip to the Ryerss Mansion, an eccentric, little-known house museum in the Great Northeast > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Locust Theatre

Unlisted Philadelphia: Locust Theatre

September 14, 2017  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, a marvelous movie house in West Philly > more

Monument Lab: A City-Wide Art Museum That Asks Us To

Monument Lab: A City-Wide Art Museum That Asks Us To “Leave Fingerprints”

September 13, 2017  |  Vantage

We ought to write our own history, say the organizers of Monument Lab, who launch their multi-week public art and civic introspection festival today in the wake of Charlottesville, Dallas, and Durham. Nathaniel Popkin catches up with Monument Lab founder Paul Farber, who asks us all, "What is an appropriate monument for Philadelphia today?" > more

An Original Keeps It Classy On Chestnut Street

An Original Keeps It Classy On Chestnut Street

September 12, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

From furniture and furnace manufacturing to a 1980s video arcade, 1606 Chestnut Street has kept busy for 127 years. The Shadow has the details on this Center City standout > more

Skid Row Deaths Of 1963 Echoes Today's Opioid Crisis

Skid Row Deaths Of 1963 Echoes Today’s Opioid Crisis

September 8, 2017  |  Vantage

Steve Metraux takes a look at the "Canned Heat Wave" poisoning of 1963 that took the lives of 31 people on Skid Row. The public health scholar says the parallels between this tragic incident and Kensington's opioid crisis is telling > more

I'm Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

I’m Still Here: Saving The Work Of Robert Cornelius

September 1, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In 1839, amateur chemist Robert Cornelius was experimenting with a new photographic process at his family's store in Center City. That fateful year, in an alley off of Chestnut Street, he would give birth to the world's first "selfie." Meet the conservator who is working to preserve the elusive portfolio of one of history's most influential photographers. Joe Brin has the story > more

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House Fortified With $80M In Renovations

August 29, 2017  |  News

Ann de Forest takes us inside Hill College House, a Mid-Century take on Medieval fortification designed by Modernist master architect Eero Saarinen. The dormitory at Penn recently reopened after $80M in engineering upgrades and interior renovations > more

Old Tobacco Factory In North Philly Now Hub Of Outreach

Old Tobacco Factory In North Philly Now Hub Of Outreach

August 24, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

From cigarette production to providing social services, the old Frishmuth Tobacco Works is adaptive reuse at its best. The Shadow has the skinny on this smokin' set of industrial buildings > more

Neighborhood Libraries Step Into The 21st Century

Neighborhood Libraries Step Into The 21st Century

August 22, 2017  |  Vantage

One of the city's most important assets is our sprawling system of neighborhood libraries. These indispensable, community hubs, 52 in all, are beginning to receive desperately needed TLC after years of financial and structural neglect. Contributor Grace Diliberto gives us the details on two citywide initiatives to revive and reboot libraries for contemporary uses, followed by an extensive survey of some of the city's most architecturally distinct book lenders > more

Monument Lab Artist Stands Up For The City's Lost Stoops

Monument Lab Artist Stands Up For The City’s Lost Stoops

August 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Artist Kaitlin Pomerantz is on a mission to save Philadelphia's castaway stoops. Her project for this year's Monument Lab will memorialize the city's proverbial outdoor living room with a collection of salvaged stoops inside Washington Square Park. Contributor Star Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

August 15, 2017  |  Soapbox

As Southern cities erupt in protest and race-fueled violence over the removal of Confederate memorials, historian Amy Cohen looks at Philadelphia's lack of diversity in public monuments > more

Convention Center Survivor A Symbol Of Philly's Faded Industries

Convention Center Survivor A Symbol Of Philly’s Faded Industries

August 10, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes us for a spin to the corner of Race and Camac Streets where the city's commercial sectors have shifted gears for over a century > more

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

City Mobilizes Against Trash With Zero Waste Action Plan

August 7, 2017  |  News

Can the City eliminate Philly's litter epidemic by 2030? Nic Esposito, director of the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, says it can be done if government and residents work together. Michael Bixler catches up with the 'litter czar' to discuss an ambitious, municipal action plan to tackle the issue > more

Gardeners Bring Cradle Graves Back From The Dead

Gardeners Bring Cradle Graves Back From The Dead

August 3, 2017  |  Vantage

At Woodlands Cemetery, an army of volunteers preserve the memory of Victorian city dwellers with the Grave Gardeners program. Contributor Ann de Forest has the story > more

The Thrill Is Gone: On Leaving The Waterfront Behind

The Thrill Is Gone: On Leaving The Waterfront Behind

August 1, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. says goodbye to his longtime home on the Delaware River to resettle in the wilds of the Philadelphia suburbs. As he leaves he turns a wary eye to the new Penn's Landing plan after watching two decades of grand waterfront proposals go down the drain > more