Vacant Buildings: “Imminently Dangerous,” Yet Conditionally Demolished

 

Photo: Tom Gralish, for The Inquirer

Photo: Tom Gralish, for The Inquirer

  • The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog chronicles a century of urbanism at the corner of 11th & Pine. Built in 1890 for the “uber-affluent,” The Gladstone (later, the Greystone) Hotel was the city’s first “apartment hotel,” a 10-story Victorian designed by the founder of Penn’s architecture department T.P Chandler. After class shifts in Washington Square West in the early next century, the building’s reputation suffered, finally falling victim to the short-sighted whims of urban renewal in 1971. The Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park, inaugurated on the former site in 1974, has since become a popular destination.
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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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