Family Court Luxury Hotel To Offer New Views Of New Deal Murals

 

Michael Bryant, for the Inquirer

Michael Bryant, for the Inquirer

  • With three developers bidding to transform the Family Court building into a luxury hotel, the Inquirer offers a look at some of the 37 New Deal murals that extol the virtues of compassion and justice within the building. Much of the interior was protected for its historical significance two years ago when the Historical Commission expanded upon its initial 1971 designation of the exterior as such. “’When you do a historical building, those are things you respect,’ said Alan Casnoff, a founder of P&A Associates, which is teaming with the Peebles Corp. of New York to bring a Kimpton Hotel to the site. ‘It’s not a question of whether you like it or don’t like it. Rather, it’s something passed from generation to generation.’”
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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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