Repair Or Demolish Notice At Divine Lorraine

 

Preservationist Shawn Evans reports that L&I has given the owner of the Divine Lorraine 30 days to fix or demolish “entire building.”

Update

According to the Historical Commission, after this week’s fire, L&I issued violations. Today’s notice is in reference to these new violations. The city will accordingly take additional additional steps to prevent trespassers from entering the building: starting today, a contractor will use masonry to infill openings, remove lower sections of the fire escapes, demolish a small shack out building and repair the fence. For Peter Woodall’s plea to the city to act to safeguard the building, published here Wednesday, click HERE.

The property owner has given the City permission to do the work, the cost of which will accrue in a lien. Says Historical Commission executive director John Farnham in an e-mail to John Gallery, executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, made available to the Hidden City Daily, “the City is not
considering demolishing either building at this point in time. The highest levels of the administration have authorized this action.”

Further, writes Farnham, “it is good news, not bad news.”

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. His essays and book reviews appear in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, The Millions, and Fanzine.



9 Comments


  1. Can we get one of these for the F*ING ROYAL THEATRE?

  2. So what they discovered is that after years of weather, neglect, abuse and the stripping of the inside for anything of value this building is not up to code. Who could have guessed?

  3. It’s our own fault for talking about it so much.

  4. Well, if they seal that entry way then access to the building will end. I hope they don’t demolish it, it seems like the Major really wants to save and restore it so let’s hope that matters.

  5. Please check out Old Images of Philadelphia on Facebook they have so many historic pictures of Philly dated from the late 1800’s to the 1990’s It’s the most loved Philly page Facebook.com and I have a photo from the Divine Lorraine hotel back in 1915

    • I bought a few old postcards on Ebay that had been sent from guests styaing at the hotel back in it’s heyday. It has turned into such an eyesore. Wouldn’t it be wonfderful if it actually were restored one day?

  6. If I had a dollar every time I have seen on of these on a building that is up at least two years after the 30 day time limit I would have at least a couple thousands dollars.

  7. It costs $8-10/SF to demolish… the city has no $!

Trackbacks

  1. The Divine Lorraine - Page 25
  2. Is City maneuvering on Divine Lorraine with violations?
  3. Left Behind: Demolition or Restoration for North Broad’s Divine Lorraine? | Generocity
Recent Posts
Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

Archdiocese Reaches Agreement Of Sale For Historic Fishtown Church

February 12, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Apartments coming to St. Laurentius, to previewing the NCC’s latest exhibit, watch group to patrol Schuylkill River Trail, a Navy Yard jobs update, and exploring an abandoned warehouse in the Northeast > more

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

February 11, 2016  |  News

Can the former East Montgomery Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, for years a hub for artists and the community, be saved? Ryan Briggs reports > more

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

Parks & Rec To Activate Spaces With Mobile Bar & Garden Program

February 11, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Parks & Rec to get in the beer garden game, Mt. Airy residents to miss Lovett Memorial Library during renovations, Tacony-Disston nominated to National Historic Register, and the School District finds temporary space for Science Leadership Academy in Drexel building > more

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

Fabric Row Clothed In Light

February 10, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Fabric Row gets new street lighting, affordable housing set for Point Breeze, North Philly museum provides setting for short film, and Dranoff gets an assist from Squilla > more

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

The Life And Death Of Callowhill

February 10, 2016  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Callowhill Street is now a two-way from 2nd Street to Columbus Boulevard, changing the one-way east-heading regulation that has been in place since I-95 was built. Harry K connects the new ordinance with the salty history and sad ending of the surrounding neighborhood > more

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

Water Taxiing To The Navy Yard?

February 9, 2016  |  Morning Blend

A plan for water taxing to the Navy Yard, The Gallery redevelopment delayed once more, PennDOT to reconfigure Franklin Institute’s Winter Street, SEPTA looking to increase El capacity, and more scenes of Philly in the snow > more