The “Philadelphia” Loft Reimagined

July 12, 2012 |  by  |  Live/Work  |  ,

 

Editors Note: Theresa Stigale takes us on a photo tour of the loft at 10th & Bainbridge that starred, alongside Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, in the 1993 film “Philadelphia.” Developed in the early 1980s by sculptors and developers Tom Miles & Alex Generalis (partners with photographer Theresa Stigale in their eponymous real estate business), this former biscuit and cigar factory houses dramatic loft condos. The “Philadelphia” loft was purchased recently by restauranteur Sam Mink, grandson of the founder of the Sansom Street Oyster House and the Oyster House’s present owner, and his partner Anthony Padilla. Mink and Padilla brought their own vision to the emblematic Philly space–even installing a case of Oyster House artifacts found during the restaurant’s 2010 renovation.

Sam Mink and Anthony Padilla at home | Photo: Theresa Stigale

An oyster plate, photos and other antiques from the Sansom Street Oyster House Restaurant | Photo: Theresa Stigale

10th & Bainbridge, a former biscuit factory and cigar factory in previous lives | Photo: Theresa Stigale

10th & Bainbridge Loft Condominiums | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Contemporary open kitchen with bright yellow walls | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Main living space with Center City views | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Framed blueprint of Philadelphia City Hall | Photo: Theresa Stigale

New open kitchen renovation | Photo: Theresa Stigale

View from upper level down to main living space and corner of 10th & Bainbridge | Photo: Theresa Stigale

View of the upper levels of the loft | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Home office on main floor of the loft | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Bi-level corner loft with roof deck | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Stairs from second level to the third floor sun room and roof deck | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Sam Mink and Anthony in the sun room leading to roof deck | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Guest room with window wall facing east | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Third level rooms leading to roof deck | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Roof deck facing north to center city Philadelphia | Photo: Theresa Stigale

Serving table decor in sun room | Photo: Theresa Stigale

About the author

Theresa Stigale was born and raised in Southwest Philly. She earned a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1983. Theresa is a photographer as well as a licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, developer and instructor. In the past ten years, she has documented the loft conversion projects that she and her partners have completed in Philadelphia, from stately old abandoned warehouses covered with graffiti to vintage factories, some still active with manufacturing. Visit her web site at TheresaStigalePhotography.com.



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