More Starchitecture Coming To The Navy Yard

More Starchitecture Coming To The Navy Yard

June 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A “landmark event” set for Tuesday, Temple (likely) makes room for new stadium, ROYGBIV in the Gayborhood, and contemplating the future of a South Philly community center > more

When Pastorius Monument Unsettled Germantown

When Pastorius Monument Unsettled Germantown

June 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Contemplating monumental art in Germantown, a look at Indego's great two-month numbers, another pilot program to get more school funding, and a textile warehouse conversion in Queen Village > more

Reactivating Kensington’s Megalots

Reactivating Kensington’s Megalots

June 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The shifting winds of development in Kensington, a new RCO for East Falls, and soliciting feedback on bike lane protectors on Walnut Street Bridge > more

Too New For Old City?

Too New For Old City?

June 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Historical Commission to consider PMC proposal, Brown introduces bill to facilitate green roofs, and some more duplexes almost ready near TempleU > more

New Mural Fighting Intergenerational Recidivism

New Mural Fighting Intergenerational Recidivism

June 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

“Fathers and Children Together” in Southwest Philly, fundraising for Uptown and North Philly, making the world better for Smith Playground, and Johnson starts rezoning proposed Blatsetin construction > more

When Neighbors “Architect Up

When Neighbors “Architect Up”

June 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Neighbors call for redesign of proposed tower for the Boyd, architect reconsiders redesign of Lovett Memorial Library, Sharswood eminent domain plan approved, and integral funding package secured for The Gallery redevelopment > more

Tracking The Muhlenburg Monument

Tracking The Muhlenburg Monument

June 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

"When Public Art Becomes a Hot Potato," student art hangs throughout Old Kensington, segwaying from mural to mural, and Community Gardens Day this weekend > more

Dreaming Big Over The Railyards

Dreaming Big Over The Railyards

June 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Open house to offer peek at current thinking on capping the UCity rail yard, yearnings for preservation in Roxborough, Walter Smith School to be reused, and admiring the architecture of the Strawberry “Villa” > more

First District Land Auction Exceeds Expectations

First District Land Auction Exceeds Expectations

June 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Squilla land auction generally successful, creative brickwork on Girard Avenue, and YWCA-to-apartments in G-Ho > more

Updated: The End May Be Nigh For The City Hall Parking Lot, But Not Yet

Updated: The End May Be Nigh For The City Hall Parking Lot, But Not Yet

June 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

North apron closed for repairs and not because of public disapproval, Avalon and Blavat pledge money to replace mural, and Henon delays prison land purchase vote > more

Pearl Properties Goes Back Before The Historical Commission With Boyd Revisions

Pearl Properties Goes Back Before The Historical Commission With Boyd Revisions

June 11, 2015  |  Buzz

Pearl Properties goes before the Historical Commission tomorrow with new plans for the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. The developer's first pass with project designs that replace all but the Boyd Theater's façade and lobby was unanimously rejected by the Architectural Committee in May. > more

Old City District To Facilitate Infill Development Before 2026

Old City District To Facilitate Infill Development Before 2026

June 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Honoring a quarter-millennium of American history with economic development, hucksters on Dock Street, Phillies mural finally set for summer unveiling, and civic aims to improve Ridge Avenue > more

Greenlight For Apartment Complex On West Washington Avenue

Greenlight For Apartment Complex On West Washington Avenue

June 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Zoning Board gets behind Washington Ave mixed-use, the last season of The Society Hill Playhouse?, and watermain issues on South 10th Street > more

Apartment Towers And Grocer Planned For 13th & Fairmount

Apartment Towers And Grocer Planned For 13th & Fairmount

June 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Development planned for site adjacent to the Divine Lorraine, a retrospective of the Philly Orchestra’s European tour, Temple wants Council to regulate campus food trucks, and some adaptive reuse in Queen Village > more

New Fishtown Mural Explores Residential Aesthetics

New Fishtown Mural Explores Residential Aesthetics

June 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

On the scaffolds with Gaia, design revealed for 22nd & Market memorial, bill requiring inspection of fire escapes, funding our hidden oral history, and a new and improved Boot and Saddle sign > 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 sancturaries, 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

Building Trails From The Past To The Future In Fairmount Park

Building Trails From The Past To The Future In Fairmount Park

June 23, 2015  |  Vantage

In West Fairmount Park, a network of trails—hiking, biking, cross country—weaves across itself with seemingly little rhyme or reason. But the Fairmount Park Conservancy is leading a project with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to make the trails more sustainable and promote their use with better signage. Plan Philly's Jared Brey and Hidden City's Brad Maule lace up the boots and hit the trail > more

Lost Potential: Banking On A Better Future For PSFS Building

Lost Potential: Banking On A Better Future For PSFS Building

June 22, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The former Philadelphia Savings Fund Society headquarters on Washington Square has had a hard time keeping occupants inside its grand banking floor since the parent financial institution sold the building in 1988. High end restaurants have come and gone, leaving the space vulnerable to uninspired reuse, like its current iteration as an urgent care medical facility, Jefferson at Washington Square. The Shadow thinks the hospital cashed the neighborhood's check by squandering the building's potential and freezing the block with cold commerce > more

In Search Of Peace, 150 Years After The Civil War

In Search Of Peace, 150 Years After The Civil War

June 19, 2015  |  Vantage

Wednesday night's massacre in Charleston, South Carolina hit a little close to home here in Philadelphia. Brad Maule tries to find peace, if not make sense, of what happened > more

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

June 19, 2015  |  News

Plans to replace the Royal Theater with a 5 story luxury apartment complex and retail space will go before Historical Commission's Architectural Committee next week. Universal Companies and Dranoff Properties has proposed partial demolition of the historic, African American venue, preserving only the building's facade > more

U-Haul Unlocks Tastykake Plant With Self Storage Conversion

U-Haul Unlocks Tastykake Plant With Self Storage Conversion

June 17, 2015  |  Last Light

When Tasty Baking Company left their original location on West Hunting Park Avenue for a new state-of-the-art facility at the Navy Yard, the company's former site was left to defend for itself. Most of the complex was razed for a shopping center in 2011, though the plant's landmark factory still stands. U-Haul recently purchased the building and renovations for a self storage complex are now underway. Photographer Chandra Lampreich took a look around the birthplace of the Butterscotch Krimpet before it was sold and brought back this bittersweet photo essay > more

Salvaging The City's Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

Salvaging The City’s Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

June 15, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Brock Building on Delaware Avenue was thought to be the oldest known surviving cast iron building in the nation until its demolition in the late 1970s. Located where the 252-unit residential project, One Water Street, is currently being built, arches and elements of the structure's historic façade were salvaged by two local architects, much of which now belongs to the Smithsonian. Harry K. gets heavy with this story of safe keeping and the city's 19th century cast iron craze > more

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

June 12, 2015  |  Vantage

St. Francis de Sales church Cedar Park broke from tradition in the late 1960's when former pastor Father John McNamee hired Venturi Scott Brown to re-conceptualize the sanctuary's alter with a dramatic Modern design. The experiment was too radical for most and was taken down within a year. Dan Papa has the background on the controversial project and gives an exclusive look inside the stunning sacred space > more

Innovation & Technology: Foster On Process And Influence At New Comcast Tower

Innovation & Technology: Foster On Process And Influence At New Comcast Tower

June 10, 2015  |  Vantage

As it rises out of the construction site at 18th and Arch Streets, the Comcast Innovation & Technology Center will lead the Philly skyline into the future as the city's new tallest building. Last night its architect, Lord Norman Foster, spoke of his process and influences as he accepted the 2015 Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award > more

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

June 9, 2015  |  News

The fight to save St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church took a positive turn today. The Historical Commission's Committee on Historic Designation recommended that the landmark sanctuary be considered for placement on the Philadelphia Register. The nomination goes before the full Historical Commission on July 10 > more

A Match Made In Metal On Federal Street

A Match Made In Metal On Federal Street

June 8, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

On the surface you'd never guess that a Mexican restaurant and a beer distributor at the corner of 15th and Federal once had very close ties that date back to the turn of the 20th century. The Shadow heads down to South Philly where he reconnects A. & G. Bohem Cornice Works' long separated siblings in Newbold > more

To Preserve And Protect: Preservation At A Crossroads In Philadelphia

To Preserve And Protect: Preservation At A Crossroads In Philadelphia

June 5, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's stock of history-rich architecture is in jeopardy, and the time for proactive preservation reform within city government is now. Tireless advocates like Hidden City contributor Oscar Beisert, who goes before the Historical Commission next Tuesday with 4 nomination applications, including St. Laurentius Church, are the driving force behind getting buildings protected these days. Beisert shares his thoughts and perspective on the need to invest in our remaining architectural heritage with this passionate personal essay > more

Marked Potential: Robinson Building

Marked Potential: Robinson Building

June 3, 2015  |  Marked Potential, Vantage

Next up in our Marked Potential series is the Robinson Building at 10th and Market. Interior architect and designer Shila Griffith envisions a multi-screen documentary film theater complex and filmmaker workspace behind the scrolling, Modernist facade of the former women's department store > more

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

June 1, 2015  |  News

A new entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery is in the works that will transform how pedestrians and cyclists access the historic burial garden from the Schuylkill River Trail. The gateway adds another green attraction to the city's growing web of interconnected public spaces > more