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Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest has written frequently about design, architecture, and the built environment for the Philadelphia Inquirer, ID Magazine, and Attaché, among other publications. Her short stories have been published in Cleaver, The Journal, Hotel Amerika, Timber Creek Review, and PIF. She teaches creative writing to kids ages 8-13 and adults over 70 and is writing a time travel trilogy for middle grade readers involving old maps.

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

September 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest delivers a eulogy for the decline of civic architecture and the closing of an iconic post office on East Market Street. > more

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

September 2, 2016  |  Vantage

In 1986, design competition City Visions challenged contestants to build a better Philadelphia. No idea was too big or too small and all was encouraged to enter. On the competition's anniversary Contributor Ann de Forest takes a look back and finds a spirit of innovation akin to the city's current approach to urban design solutions > more

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

Historic Parish Complex In Kingsessing Gets New Life As Charter School

July 18, 2016  |  News

The much lauded Independence Charter School will transform the vacant Most Blessed Sacrament campus, reports Ann de Forest. But questions remain about the future of the Neo-Renaissance church, abandoned by the Archdiocese in 2007 > more

In Kingsessing, A Colonial Cottage Keeps History In Place

In Kingsessing, A Colonial Cottage Keeps History In Place

May 27, 2016  |  Vantage

Just off of Woodland Avenue among a block of crumbling rows stands a small, stone farmhouse that has miraculously withstood time and tide for over 250 years. Contributor Ann de Forest has the story behind the tiny colonial cottage on Vogdes Street > more

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia's Borders One Step At A Time

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia’s Borders One Step At A Time

April 18, 2016  |  Vantage

Writer and Hidden City contributor Ann de Forest traversed the city's perimeter over five and a half days looking for life between Philadelphia's boundaries. Here's her account of what she found > more