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

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

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

Centennial Commons Puts Community Back Into The Park

Centennial Commons Puts Community Back Into The Park

May 4, 2017  |  News

The gateway to West Fairmount Park is about to get a serious makeover with people and progressive public space practices as a priority. John Henry Scott reports > more

Ralston Center Celebrates 200 Years Of Senior Care

Ralston Center Celebrates 200 Years Of Senior Care

May 3, 2017  |  Vantage

Ralston Center, a former Victorian residence for aging women on Chestnut Street, commemorates 200 years of service for the elderly with wellness programs and community outreach. Karen Chernick has the story > more

Cathedral Park Libraries Recall Quaker Family Values

Cathedral Park Libraries Recall Quaker Family Values

May 1, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow paints a portrait of a prominent Quaker family who brought books and benevolence to Lancaster Avenue in the 1800s > more

Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

April 26, 2017  |  Vantage

Public health scholar Steve Metraux exhumes the heart of Philadelphia's Skid Row, buried under the Vine Street Expressway by the hands of urban renewal. > more

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

April 24, 2017  |  Vantage

Dan Papa celebrates the Cambodian New Year with a look at the Wat Khmer Palelai Buddhist temple under construction in Southwest Philly > more

How Franklin’s Grave Became A Monument And Philadelphians Were Persuaded To Like It

How Franklin’s Grave Became A Monument And Philadelphians Were Persuaded To Like It

April 19, 2017  |  Vantage

Nearly 70 years after Benjamin Franklin’s death, public outcry demanding honor for the Founding Father transformed a battered, overgrown gravesite into a popular tourist destination. But the real story isn't at all what we've been told. Join Mark Dixon as he uncovers truth and public deception behind the hole in the wall at Benjamin Franklin's grave > more

A Powerhouse Of Footwork And Fitness On Delaware Ave

A Powerhouse Of Footwork And Fitness On Delaware Ave

April 18, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

On the outskirts of Fishtown, a dance club and rock climbing gym keep spirits high inside an old 19th century trolley car power station > more

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

April 15, 2017  |  Vantage

An exhibition at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia illuminates the history of railroad architecture through drawings, photographs, and more. Michael Bixler has the review > more