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Dan Papa

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

April 24, 2017  |  Vantage

Dan Papa celebrates the Cambodian New Year with a look at the Wat Khmer Palelai Buddhist temple under construction in Southwest Philly > more

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

April 15, 2016  |  Last Light

Girard College Chapel is an overlooked treasure trove containing some of the city's best Greek and Art Deco detailing. It's also home to one of the biggest pipe organs in Philadelphia. Dan Papa unlocks the radiant vault with this revealing photo essay > more

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

June 12, 2015  |  Vantage

St. Francis de Sales church on 47th and Springfield broke from tradition in the late 1960's when former pastor Father John McNamee hired Venturi Scott Brown to re-conceptualize the sanctuary's altar with a dramatic Modern design. The experiment was too radical for most and was taken down within a year. Dan Papa has the background on the controversial project and gives an exclusive look inside the stunning sacred space > more

Blazing A Trail To Venice Island With <em>Waterways</em>

Blazing A Trail To Venice Island With Waterways

May 18, 2015  |  News

In Manayunk, Venice Island's new facilities are something to behold. The performing arts building, green-roofed pump house, and outdoor amphitheater are just a few of the rec center's recent upgrades, though not everyone in the neighborhood knows about it. To help raise awareness, artist Eurhi Jones has collaborated with Mural Arts and the Philadelphia Water Department on a 10 block outdoor installation that literally guides you to the center's front door > more

Shrine To A Forgotten Philadelphia Modernist

Shrine To A Forgotten Philadelphia Modernist

August 2, 2013  |  Vantage

Sam Shane was a talented Philadelphia painter who rubbed elbows with some of the giants of European modernism in 1920s Paris, then returned home and receded from view. But he kept making art, much of which is on display in his son's home in Germantown > more