Author Archive

Joseph G. Brin

Joseph G. Brin is an architect, artist and writer based in Philadelphia. He has covered Philadelphia architecture, design and culture for Metropolis Magazine. His residential architecture website can be seen HERE.

Block Bustin'

Block Bustin’

April 10, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

South Street's loss is Frankford Avenue's gain for a Philadelphia music institution. Joe Brin checks in with Philadelphia Record Exchange on their relocation plans > more

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

Old And In The Way In Pennsport

March 29, 2013  |  News, Walk the Walk

A ripple of architectural destruction appears to be moving swiftly through Pennsport. Some people are putting their faith in preservation efforts and some are taking their faith elsewhere. Joe Brin searches for what's next at St. John the Evangelist and Engine 46 Firehouse > more

One Activist's Theory Of Historic Preservation: “Do Shit And Make It Work”

One Activist’s Theory Of Historic Preservation: “Do Shit And Make It Work”

February 26, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

“I see opportunities to make something beautiful out of something that’s busted up,” says South Street icon Joel Spivak, at work now giving new life to Shivtei Yeshuron, an ancient row house synagogue that's also a Hidden City Festival 2013 site. Joe Brin catches up with Spivak > more

Good Fencers Make Good Neighbors

Good Fencers Make Good Neighbors

January 9, 2013  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin walks into a world he didn't know existed at the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia in Powelton Village and talks to "Maestro" Mark Master about the challenges and rewards of a sport once taught in the Philly schools > more

Doctor Of History Will See You Now

Doctor Of History Will See You Now

December 14, 2012  |  Walk the Walk

Joe Brin explores the enduring ennui of the Physick House in Society Hill. Dr. Physick was a seminal figure in the history of American medicine, but his story is mostly lost, and his mansion--with so much contextual history of the early nation--doesn't make the tourist itinerary > more