- After more than a year of negotiations, the Post Brothers have purchased the Avenue of the Arts’ Atlantic Building, planning to transform the 1920s building—which is currently 60% vacant—into a residential tower. Its “lobby has fabulous, highly stylized period murals featuring different modes of transportation that are absolute knockouts… protected by an easement held by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.”
- Plan Philly reports that a final decision for the fate of the University of Pennsylvania owned and historically designated mansion at 40th & Pine Streets has been delayed. Consistent with the city’s historic preservation ordinance, the Board of License and Inspection Review is currently hearing the appeals of local neighborhood groups, adamant in their opposition of Penn’s argument that the property is a financial burden.
- “There should be a big hole in the ground by October 1” at 17th & Vine, reports the Inquirer, relating the latest expected start date for the construction of the Mormon Temple by Logan Square. The “Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple” is the Church’s 79th in the US, and will cost $70 million.
- With the Daily News staff moving out of the Inquirer Building on North Broad, Philly History Blog shares some old photos of the timeless Tower of Truth in its heyday.
About the author
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.