- With some help from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the nascent Iroko Pharmaceuticals has increased its stake in the future of the Navy Yard Corporate Center threefold, opening yesterday its new 56,412 square foot, LEED-certified office building at 1 Crescent Drive. Mayor Nutter told the Inquirer that the Navy Yard, “with now more than 10,000 workers on the site, has ‘serious momentum’ and is a ‘spectacular performer for the city’.” The building was designed by the firm DIGSAU.
- In his new book Fading Ads of Philadelphia, graphic designer Lawrence O’Toole chronicles for posterity some of the many “ghost signs” to be found around the city. In a piece for Philly Weekly, O’Toole describes his vision, and shares a few selections, like the Klosfit Petticoat factory building at 3rd & Arch.
- Prior to today’s 2PM announcement by the School District on the schools it plans to close or merge, NewsWorks says the rumor mills have designated Germantown High School as one of those to be shuttered.
- Philly History Blog tells of the life of the oddities dime museum at the corner of 9th & Arch Streets at the turn of the twentieth century.
- Forbes has deemed Philadelphia as the 3rd dirtiest American metropolitan area in a top 20 list released yesterday. The culprit is the Delaware, “which has been lined with refineries and chemical plants for decades.” For our story on the hazardous Delaware, click HERE.
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.