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Jacob Hellman

In The Mind's Eye, At Least, Engine 46 Looms Large

In The Mind’s Eye, At Least, Engine 46 Looms Large

June 19, 2013  |  Soapbox

Is Engine 46, the circa-1894 Flemish Revival Firehouse in South Philadelphia slated for demolition a "vigorous, lively, spirited" part of our neighborhood fabric or actually rather plain? And should it matter? Jacob Hellman explores the issues > more

Saving Grace

Saving Grace

February 6, 2013  |  News

In this first of our series of articles produced with Grid Magazine for their March issue due out tomorrow, Jacob Hellman points up another way to save a building--do it yourself. At 19th Street Baptist in South Philly, the DIY approach has worked so far > more

From Lincoln High's Gym To A Kitchen Floor, The Drama Of Salvage, Part 2

From Lincoln High’s Gym To A Kitchen Floor, The Drama Of Salvage, Part 2

October 31, 2012  |  Vantage

Is it worth it to salvage an old floor? Jacob Hellman returns with the second part of his story about repurposing the floor of the demolished Abraham Lincoln High School in the Northeast > more

Renovator's Tale: Salvaging A Gym Floor (Part One)

Renovator’s Tale: Salvaging A Gym Floor (Part One)

October 2, 2012  |  Vantage

Enamored with the idea of salvaging an old floor? HC contributor Jacob Hellman has an insider's story on the reclamation of a South Philly school gym's hardwood. The upshot--it may not be as easy as you think > more

At PHA's New Norris Apartments, Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Green

At PHA’s New Norris Apartments, Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Green

May 16, 2012  |  Vantage

Sustainability is transforming public housing in ways that aren't obvious, argues Jacob Hellman. At the new Norris Apartments in North Philly, he finds a project green from the inside out. But can green goals justify ballooning construction budgets? > more