Christopher Mote covers stories of preservation, planning, zoning and development. He lives in South Philadelphia and has a special fondness for brownstone churches and mansard roofs.
A report prepared by a pair of local architecture & engineering firms puts a price tag on the future of the 120-year-old St. John the Baptist—"Manayunk's Cathedral." A meeting at the church this evening opens the discussion on how the parish will get there. Christopher Mote reports > more
The stained glass and Stations of the Cross that framed the experience for many a Catholic in Kensington and Germantown are heading south—for good. Chris Mote reports on the relocation of iconography from two shuttered Philadelphia churches > more
Christopher Mote reports on arguments for and against granting the prospective developer of the Boyd the right to demolish the movie palace's historic art deco auditorium. The case will be reviewed Tuesday by the hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission > more
In 2008, PMC Property Group demolished the former St. George's Hall and the Fernley & Fernley Building at 19th & Arch; last year, they started construction on 1900 Arch, the apartment building rising there now. Christopher Mote reports that PMC has also obtained a demolition permit for the circa-1869 brownstone next door, the Francis McIlvain House > more
The threads that form South Philly's ever evolving fabric of old and new currently converge at 240 Greenwich Street in Pennsport. Chris Mote reports that the old, the former Greenwich Street Church (more recently the Khmer Palelai Buddhist Temple), is being demolished to make way for the new, two single-family homes > more