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.
After a year of coping with the loss of the Buck Hosiery mill and two firefighters who died trying to put out the fire that brought it down, the city's would was ripped open again over the weekend in Fabric Row. Theresa Stigale remembers Buck with these photos taken in that fire's cleanup > more
Native daughter Theresa Stigale returns to "The Ave" to find most of the old shops gone, but a new diversity and vitality in its place. She talks to the optimistic shopkeepers about the life of one of Philadelphia's great shopping streets > more
What to do with all these old factories? In recent years, developers have found a new approach: open them up for parties and events. Theresa Stigale pokes around Kensington and Fishtown and finds some of the best > more
Last year, the descendants of the original CH Masland, who built the nation's largest auto carpet mill in Port Richmond, returned to their great-great grandfather's factory. Theresa Stigale accompanied them on the Hidden City version of "this is your life" (and she stuck around to talk to photograph some of the building's current tenants) > more
We're reminded that preservation takes many forms. Here's a few of them in a single initiative, Todd Kimmell's The Grand Review, which finds, collects, restores, and reprints vintage American art--all in a restored early 20th century bowling alley > more