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

Art Commission Scoffs At Commercializing Municipal Façades

Art Commission Scoffs At Commercializing Municipal Façades

November 3, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Body rejects plans for vinyl mesh signage, 1200 earns LEED Gold, and South Philly’s Palumbo Park redesigned > more

Slow Build On Graterford Replacement

Slow Build On Graterford Replacement

November 2, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Checking in on delayed Phoenix facility in Montco, a renovated park reopens in Old City, a solar powered parklet in Tacony, and North Broad apartment tower proposal goes to ZBA > more

Long Awaited Construction Of Rail Park Begins Today

Long Awaited Construction Of Rail Park Begins Today

October 31, 2016  |  Buzz

After more than a decade of planning and public anticipation, construction of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park breaks ground > more

In Delaware County, Early National Quarantine Center To Be Preserved

In Delaware County, Early National Quarantine Center To Be Preserved

October 31, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lazaretto to become offices by 2018, Mural Arts to step up conservation efforts, and Northwest Philly gets $1M development grant > more

Row House: Past And Its Future

Row House: Past And Its Future

June 20, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Hilary Jay dives deep into the evolution and politics of contemporary row house design with Interface Studio Architects > more

An Artful Adaptation In Bella Vista

An Artful Adaptation In Bella Vista

June 15, 2017  |  News

A contemporary art gallery and residence on Bainbridge Street goes green with reuse and sustainable renovation. John Henry Scott has the story > more

Behind The Bar At Dirty Frank's

Behind The Bar At Dirty Frank’s

June 13, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow saddles up to the bar at Dirty Frank's with the backstory on one of Philadelphia's most beloved dives > more

With New Penn's Landing Plan, A Central Park

With New Penn’s Landing Plan, A Central Park

June 12, 2017  |  News

Lost in the intense news cycle: major news about the at-long-last redevelopment of Penn's Landing. Nathaniel Popkin has a look > more

With Bloomsday Near, Remembering The Rosenbach Brothers

With Bloomsday Near, Remembering The Rosenbach Brothers

June 9, 2017  |  Vantage

Every year in June a crowd gathers outside of the Rosenbach Museum & Library to celebrate James Joyce's seminal literary masterpiece "Ulysses" with a block party and day full of public readings. Karen Chernick gives us the backstory on the Rosenbach Company and two rare book dealers whose legacy is enshrined on Delancey Place > more

A Rusty Nail On Lancaster Avenue Reveals All

A Rusty Nail On Lancaster Avenue Reveals All

June 1, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow dishes the dirt on an old stain remover manufacturer that wowed the city with their magic soap > more

<em>Kensington Blues</em> Puts A Human Face On A Lost Population

Kensington Blues Puts A Human Face On A Lost Population

May 31, 2017  |  Last Light

Photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge captures the lives of Philadelphia's opioid crisis in his new book, Kensington Blues. HC editor Michael Bixler has the review > more

Reaching For The Heavens At Cret's Tower Of Chimes

Reaching For The Heavens At Cret’s Tower Of Chimes

May 26, 2017  |  Vantage

Turn a corner in Philadelphia and you will eventually run into a building or bridge designed by Paul Phillipe Cret. Celebrated for his broad, arched infrastructure and Neoclassical landmarks, not much is discussed of his cemetery architecture. Contributor Brian Horne takes a trip out to Montgomery County where a 172-foot tower designed by Cret sends a memorial park reaching towards the sky > more

Rediscovering The Dead Fleet Of The Delaware River

Rediscovering The Dead Fleet Of The Delaware River

May 23, 2017  |  Vantage

The ships of the "Dead Fleet" at Pier 78 rise at low tide from their watery graves in the Delaware River. It's a curious sight, recalling a time when the riverbanks thrummed with a booming maritime industry. Philadelphia shipping historian Robert McNulty takes us on a salty voyage to uncover the backstory of South Philadelphia's ghost ship graveyard > more

Building A Better Future With Bright Common

Building A Better Future With Bright Common

May 19, 2017  |  Vantage

Hidden City editor Michael Bixler catches up with sustainable architect Jeremy Avellino to talk climate change, deep energy retrofits, and the power of passive house building. > more

Restoration Project Gives New Life To Ben Franklin's Grave

Restoration Project Gives New Life To Ben Franklin’s Grave

May 17, 2017  |  News

Benjamin Franklin's tombstone gets some desperately needed TLC. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Summoning The Spirit Of A Victorian Masterpiece

Summoning The Spirit Of A Victorian Masterpiece

May 15, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

Gone, but not forgotten. The Shadow channels the ghost of the Henry J. Morton Guild House, a beautiful Victorian hall designed by famed Philadelphia architects Wilson Brothers & Company > more

The Making (And Marketing) Of The Modern Gayborhood

The Making (And Marketing) Of The Modern Gayborhood

May 12, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Kelson Northeimer takes a look at the history of the Gayborhood and its cultural transformation through lifestyle marketing and gentrification > more

Hidden Lens: Fading Industry On The Delaware River

Hidden Lens: Fading Industry On The Delaware River

May 10, 2017  |  Hidden Lens

In this next installment of Hidden Lens, a new series showcasing the captures of local photographers, we feature the work of Betsy Manning and the final days of the Port Richmond Grain Elevator > more

Film Center At International House Set To Expand

Film Center At International House Set To Expand

May 8, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

After 40 years of screening independent films, the theater at International House expands programming and gets a new name. Joe Brin takes a look at Lightbox Film Center > more