For Mural’s Sake, L&I Halts Renovations To Curtis Center

 

Maxfield Parrish’s 1916 mural Dream Garden, now under threat by vibrations from renovations to its atrium in the Curtis Center | Photo: Charles Fox, for The Inquirer

Maxfield Parrish’s 1916 mural Dream Garden, now under threat by vibrations from renovations to its atrium in the Curtis Center | Photo: Charles Fox, for The Inquirer

  • On Friday the City ordered the Keystone Property Group to cease renovation work of the atrium of the Curtis Center until a more effective means of protecting the Washington Square building’s Dream Garden, a century-old glass mosaic mural from Maxfield Parrish. “L&I will work with everyone involved to figure out the best resolution to the situation,” said Licenses and Inspections Commissioner David Perri in a statement. “Resuming construction without keeping the mural safe is off the table.”
  • Proprietors of numerous Center City and Broad Street businesses received L&I slips informing them to remove any unauthorized furnishings from the sidewalk during the week of the Democratic National Convention (July 20-28). This being the Department of Licenses and Inspections, there was initially much frustration when business owners read the notice, assumptions being that authorized features like street parklets were included in the command, but this was not so. Rather, PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa reports that many owners are impressed with the relatively diplomatic approach. “I actually thought the letter was nice,” said John Longacre, president of the Philadelphia Tavern Owners Association and no stranger to L&I fights himself. “Most of those are already code violations. I actually like this new L&I!”
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