- Old City’s Arden Theater announced yesterday an impressive, $5.8 million, 22,000 square foot expansion a few doors down from its current North 2nd Street location. When it opens next year, the Hamilton Family Arts Center will provide additional space for the theater’s burgeoning education programs, as well as for set construction and a playwright residency program.
- Eyes on the Street talks to North Broad developer Eric Blumenfeld, who is in contract to redevelop the Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice, the vacant gem at Broad & Spring Garden, perhaps best known for the brick canvas that it provides for the Common Threads mural. Blumenfeld, so successful with loft conversions on the thoroughfare, envisions a mixed use, residential/commercial arts space.
- Two bathroom pavilions, hastily constructed to service patrons of Fairmount Park’s 1876 Centennial, are finally the focus of some much-needed renovations, reports NewsWorks. “They were not terribly attractive bathrooms,” concedes Kim Andrews, director of the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden. But they “give us [another] physical anchor to 1876, and give us a place to start our story.”
- West Philadelphia’s spring art scene has the ArtBlog’s Libby Rosof excited, as she reviews several pieces by local artists.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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