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 the Department of Parks and Recreation announced a ban from sitting on the interior walls of Rittenhouse Square, the city's prized public living room. Two days later Mayor Jim Kenney reversed the rule, protecting a decades-old tradition. 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

Waiting For Return Of Successful Cedar Park Traffic Calming Measure

Waiting For Return Of Successful Cedar Park Traffic Calming Measure

October 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Flower pots to return next month, Inky recalls Philly’s last century of birthdays, and Yards Brewing to expand at new location across Delaware Ave > more

9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely

October 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Business owners vote Italian Market BID down, what’s holding up the Brush Factory reuse, and renderings for residential project in Port Richmond > more

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

October 26, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Retelling an old story, Frankford CDC prepares new HQ, PHA leases out old HQ, shooting raises safety concerns for Rittenhouse Square, and waiting on Spruce Hill development to start > more

Chinatown Tower Receives $1.3 Million State Development Grant

Chinatown Tower Receives $1.3 Million State Development Grant

October 21, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Chinatown tower gets boost from Harrisburg, Rodin Square espouses cargo aesthetic, new construction on the Sharswood/Brewerytown border, and Horticultural Society planting bulbs for spring > more

PAFA Exhibits The Innovative & Inappropriate Photography Of Thomas Eakins

PAFA Exhibits The Innovative & Inappropriate Photography Of Thomas Eakins

October 20, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Eakins through the lens, Lincoln Square renderings, Philly jazz greats honored, and colonial surveying tools come in Fairmount Park > more

Dilworth Park Preps For Winter

Dilworth Park Preps For Winter

October 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Dilworth Park transforming into Wintergarden, Planning Commission rejects appealing RCO applications, design competition looks at future of Philly rowhouses, and calls for council hearings on SEPTA’s CCT service > more

With Rohm & Haas Building Nomination, A Layered & Proactive Approach

With Rohm & Haas Building Nomination, A Layered & Proactive Approach

October 18, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The thinking behind an extraordinary proposal for historic protection, former Archdiocesan school moves into shuttered District school, and Temple working toward carbon-neutrality > more

Capturing The Ghosts Of Demolition

Capturing The Ghosts Of Demolition

January 13, 2017  |  Last Light

The demolition composites of photographer Andrew Evans beguile the eye with ghostly images of a city passing through time. Evans presents his newest additions to the series and explains his process with this photo essay > more

Pencoyd Bridge Reopens In Manayunk, As Redevelopment Of Foundry Site Begins

Pencoyd Bridge Reopens In Manayunk, As Redevelopment Of Foundry Site Begins

January 11, 2017  |  Vantage

The deserted industrial site of Pencoyd Iron Works is next on a growing list of riverside redevelopment along the Schuylkill. Contributor Mick Ricereto takes us deep inside the history of the family-owned foundry and farmland that dates back to the city's founding > more

Urban Fantasy: The Carousel Maker Of Broad & Erie

Urban Fantasy: The Carousel Maker Of Broad & Erie

January 10, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

Traditional carousel design may have roots in Europe, but "Philadelphia Style" took the amusement ride to a whole new level. The Shadow takes a stroll down Germantown Avenue where the G.A. Dentzel Carousel Company became the gold standard in animal kingdom merry-go-rounds > more

Lost Buildings Of 2016

Lost Buildings Of 2016

December 30, 2016  |  Vantage

That cheery, time-honored tradition: the year-end list. Here on the Daily, that means a roundup of the year's demolitions in our World Heritage City. Brad Maule finds 2016's list warrants more than just a top ten > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: John Decker & Son

Unlisted Philadelphia: John Decker & Son

December 28, 2016  |  Vantage

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. With this installment, a kingly cornice in Brewerytown > more

Happy Holidays From Hidden City

Happy Holidays From Hidden City

December 23, 2016  |  Last Light

Season's greetings from Hidden City, top HC Daily photos of 2016, and an important message about our fall fundraising campaign > more

Most Intriguing Projects Of 2016

Most Intriguing Projects Of 2016

December 21, 2016  |  Vantage

With dozens of projects to choose from, contributor Hilary Jay, founder of Design Philadelphia, selects 11 outstanding examples of new construction, adaptive reuse, and public amenities completed this year > more

Live Animal Holiday Tradition Lives On In Old City

Live Animal Holiday Tradition Lives On In Old City

December 20, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

For the last 43 years a live animal nativity scene has been presented during the holiday season at Old First Reformed Church in Old City. Harry K. takes a walk around the festive display and the nearly 300-year-old congregation at Fourth and Race Streets > more

Finding John Haviland

Finding John Haviland

December 16, 2016  |  Vantage

A quick check to confirm the final resting place of famed Philadelphia architect John Haviland pulls one historical researcher deep down the rabbit hole. Join Nicholas Pappas on an odyssey of obsession, intrigue, and reinterment > more

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

Come Take A Tour Of Our Sanctuary City

December 14, 2016  |  Soapbox

With conflict over Philadelphia's Sanctuary City status heightening, contributor Ann de Forest offers a tour highlighting Philadelphia's heritage as a refuge and a crucible of freedom of religion > more

An Architectural Graveyard At Independence Mall

An Architectural Graveyard At Independence Mall

December 12, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow visits the grassy grave of the Irvin Building, one of many iconic commercial buildings razed in the 1970s to make way for Independence Mall > more

Church Demolition By The Numbers: More Questions Than Answers

Church Demolition By The Numbers: More Questions Than Answers

December 9, 2016  |  Soapbox

Since 2009, 28 churches have been demolished in Philadelphia. Is development pressure to blame? Partners for Sacred Places staffer and Hidden City contributor Rachel Hildebrandt says yes and does the math on the unabating trend > more

Fade And A Shave: Inside Philly's Black Barbershops

Fade And A Shave: Inside Philly’s Black Barbershops

December 7, 2016  |  Last Light

Contributor Theresa Stigale documents life inside neighborhood barbershops with this photo essay > more

America's Oldest Road Takes Center Stage In New Documentary

America’s Oldest Road Takes Center Stage In New Documentary

December 5, 2016  |  Vantage

The King's Highway, the oldest continuously used road in America, is the subject of an award winning documentary premiering tonight at the Kimmel Center > more

A Moving Monument

A Moving Monument

December 5, 2016  |  News

Nearly four years after Hidden City proposed relocating the forlorn Newkirk Viaduct Monument from the side of the train tracks to the forthcoming Bartram's Mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail system... that has happened. Brad Maule has the story of the 177-year-old monument's relocation > more