Temple To Get Its Boathouse Back By Next Summer

Temple To Get Its Boathouse Back By Next Summer

July 31, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Ground broken on Temple boathouse restoration, distillery to release Philadelphia-inspired gin, apartments beneath Manayunk’s elevated tracks, West Philly trolley tunnel closed for repairs, and the Independence Visitor Center reaches milestone > more

Initial Concepts For A Revamped Headhouse Square Revealed

Initial Concepts For A Revamped Headhouse Square Revealed

July 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A gateway planned for the Headhouse Shambles, Feibush still with more fight in him for 20th and Wharton proposal, fishing and the city, and crafting some of the world’s best guitars in Fishtown > more

Divine Lorraine Gets Go-Ahead From Architecture Committee

Divine Lorraine Gets Go-Ahead From Architecture Committee

July 29, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Blumenfeld gets design approval for Divine Lorraine reuse, reduced NIMBYism in Chestnut Hill, “toughest stretch” yet of Schuylkill River Trail opens, and ZBA stays true to height limits in Fishtown > more

City’s Oldest Active Fire Hall Designated Historic

City’s Oldest Active Fire Hall Designated Historic

July 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Two of John T. Windrim’s buildings being preserved, an urban garden in Chinatown North, and learning another language through a mural > more

New Haas Mural Revels In The City’s Many Architectural Layers

New Haas Mural Revels In The City’s Many Architectural Layers

July 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Latest work by famed muralist begins, a look at Devil's Pool, and the story of advertising told on doors > more

Philly, Meet Ibrahim

Philly, Meet Ibrahim

July 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts commissions French artist to hang giant wheat paster on Chestnut, leaked security details for the Pope Visit, and the gentrification of Point Breeze > more

Eminent Domain On The Cheap With PHA

Eminent Domain On The Cheap With PHA

July 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Inadequate compensation for Sharswood property owners, some “funky” architecture beneath the El, and a bigger influx of money expected from Pope Visit > more

River Wards Draft Plan Released

River Wards Draft Plan Released

July 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Community feedback welcomed for River Wards plan, Andorra residents love green space, hate traffic, testing the micro-unit market, and a look at some quintessential Old Philadelphia living > more

Philly, In The Round

Philly, In The Round

July 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Atop One Liberty in black-and-white, previewing the NTI legacy, construction begins on East Kensington’s Fairgrounds, and anticipating park improvements in Bella Vista > more

Mrs. Venturi’s House And The Post Modern Paradox

Mrs. Venturi’s House And The Post Modern Paradox

July 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Iconic manifesto for Post Modernism for sale, Chestnut’s Hale Building to be renovated, suburban senior living in East Kensington, and a new parklet in University City > more

Lessons From A Well-Designed Building Boom

Lessons From A Well-Designed Building Boom

July 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Procuring the best aesthetics out of Philly’s boom, study suggests a coat of paint and new windows prevents crime, the housing and rental markets by the numbers, and a new medical center in the far Northwest > more

Water Department Cracks Down On Runoff Regulations

Water Department Cracks Down On Runoff Regulations

July 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City department implements regulation upgrade, Allan Domb suggests Philly follow NYC’s lead on tax collection, and Philly ranked as a terrible city to drive in > more

Historic Designation Granted To St. Augustine Frescoes In Old City

Historic Designation Granted To St. Augustine Frescoes In Old City

July 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Oldest known wet frescoes in US to be restored, reviewing the place of “informal authority” in Philly neighborhood politics, and the Point Breeze pop-up garden fight continues > more

Prefiguring The Papal Transit Debacle

Prefiguring The Papal Transit Debacle

July 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Deconstructing early transit plans with the upcoming Pope visit, The Oval at three, East Market concrete poured, and the zoo recognized for superb architecture > more

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

July 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Kenney on the need for mandatory construction-site crosswalks, Philly likely to become World Heritage City, new amenities for South Philly public space, and vacant warehouse becomes storage facility > more

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia's Distilleries

A Spirited Quest: On The Trail Of Philadelphia’s Distilleries

July 30, 2015  |  Behind the Facade

Craft beer may flow in Philadelphia's 21st century veins, but liquor manufacturing has a long, spirited history here. Nic Esposito gives a toast to the city's past, present, and future of distilling > more

The Devil Is The Detail

The Devil Is The Detail

July 29, 2015  |  Vantage

"Notorious" Devil's Pool? The most beloved place in the Wissahickon may suffer abuse and indignity every summer, but they are no match for its beauty and physiologic significance. Brad Maule defends the natural landmark > more

Marked Potential: Police Administration Building

Marked Potential: Police Administration Building

July 27, 2015  |  Marked Potential

The Police Administration Building at 700 Race Street is one of the city's more distinctive municipal buildings. Its commanding concrete curvature and grid of windows give the Roundhouse unmistakable flair. With her next Marked Potential, Shila Griffith give this mid-century gem a civic-minded makeover and puts it at the disposal of the community > more

Reactivate The City Branch With A Campus Green

Reactivate The City Branch With A Campus Green

July 24, 2015  |  Soapbox

Phase 1 of reimagining the Reading Viaduct into a rail park is finally beginning to materialize while plans for the City Branch "cut" of the abandoned line remain at a firm standstill. Jeffery Markovitz thinks now is the time to invest in the 2nd phase of the project with a below grade campus green for the Community College of Philadelphia > more

Misplaced Philadelphia: The Double Arch Of Park Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

Misplaced Philadelphia: The Double Arch Of Park Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

July 22, 2015  |  Vantage

Where do the architectural remnants of a razed building go? Often into a landfill or salvaged and sold for profit. Though, like Monument Cemetery's headstones serving as riprap under the Betsy Ross Bridge, sometimes pieces of the city's past end up in strange places. Larry Arrigale takes us to Ambler where he discovered the overgrown resting place of a double arch from a 127 year old North Philadelphia church > more

The House That Whist Built

The House That Whist Built

July 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

West Philadelphia is full of eccentric architectural history and the corner of 41st and Irving only adds more layers. The Late Victorian home at 247 South 41st Street was built by Philadelphia's elite in the late 1800s for a clubhouse to worship and play the plain-trick playing card game, Whist, a precursor to Bridge. The Shadow deals the first hand to tell the story of this long forgotten gaming den > more

Market Talk: Exploring South Philly's Italian Dialect

Market Talk: Exploring South Philly’s Italian Dialect

July 17, 2015  |  Vantage

What is the heck is a brahzhoot? While fading, the unique pronunciations of certain Italian food and the dialect of Philadelphia's Italian community endures on South 9th Street. Emma Jacobs takes us down to the Italian Market to examine the phenomenon. > more

Pouring Life Into East Market

Pouring Life Into East Market

July 15, 2015  |  News

The sub basement foundation of East Market was poured this week marking the project's first phase of construction. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler went behind the gates of the massive redevelopment site to see the 35 concrete truck operation in person and brought back these photos. > more

Then And Now: 11th & East Passyunk Avenue

Then And Now: 11th & East Passyunk Avenue

July 12, 2015  |  Then & Now

From a towering Gothic house of correction to a busy neighborhood shopping center, the corner block of 11th Street and Passyunk Avenue has undergone quite the transformation since 1967. Jennifer Rogers takes us out of the Acme deli isle and into Moyamensing Prison's penal past with this month's Then and Now. > more

St. Laurentius Church Blessed With Historic Designation

St. Laurentius Church Blessed With Historic Designation

July 10, 2015  |  News

The future of Fishtown's St. Laurentius Church has been legally protected for now after the Historical Commission voted today in favor of placing the Polish Catholic landmark on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places > more

Tracing The Live-Work Divide In Philadelphia's Police Force

Tracing The Live-Work Divide In Philadelphia’s Police Force

July 10, 2015  |  Vantage

Discussion has grown in the media lately regarding law enforcement's detachment and potential bias for the neighborhoods they patrol when they commonly call home elsewhere, particularly in larger cities. In Philadelphia, where police officers lived at the turn of the century looks dramatically than it does today. David Hilbert dove into the City Archives to compare the residential zip codes of the Philadelphia's police force in 1925 and wonders if the migration toward the Northeast and elsewhere has eroded an inner city connection to communities they protect > more

Mister 1801 Of Delancey Place

Mister 1801 Of Delancey Place

July 8, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia leads the nation in off beat residential window displays. In neighborhoods like East Passyunk and Point Breeze it is almost a requirement, be it a quirky collection of ceramic dolphins and family photos, Beanie Babies, religious iconography, or Phillies memorabilia and the family pet. One such display on Delancey Place in Rittenhouse Square stops pedestrians square in their tracks with a bronze gladiator statue and an endearing commitment to wit. Hidden City contributor Karen Chernick takes a peek behind the bay window to give us the story of Mister 1801 > more

The Tastiest Morsel Of Season City

The Tastiest Morsel Of Season City

July 6, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

On the sleepy 200 block of North 13th Street the former Ballinger Building is steamy with the scent of dim sum and a wide range of former tenants that will send an appetite for adaptive reuse into overdrive. If the building's Renaissance façade doesn't whet the palette, its history of notable 20th century construction companies, sexploitation films, and enterprising architectural firms will. The Shadow dishes out this multicourse meal from the outer edges of Center City > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 29, 2015  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 6th. Have a great Independence Day! > more

Taking Inventory With The Philadelphia Church Project

Taking Inventory With The Philadelphia Church Project

June 26, 2015  |  Vantage

The fabric of Philadelphia's sacred architecture is slowly disintegrating as religious neighborhood landmarks give way to new construction. The Philadelphia Church Project, a growing online record of the city's historic sanctuaries, has been steadily amassing a church database for almost 8 years. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler checked in with the founder of the website to discuss church closings and the project in detail > more