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U-Haul Unlocks Tastykake Plant With Self Storage Conversion

U-Haul Unlocks Tastykake Plant With Self Storage Conversion

June 17, 2015  |  Last Light

When Tasty Baking Company left their original location on West Hunting Park Avenue for a new state-of-the-art facility at the Navy Yard, the company's former site was left to fend for itself. Most of the complex was razed for a shopping center in 2011, though the plant's landmark factory still stands. U-Haul recently purchased the building and renovations for a self storage complex are now underway. Photographer Chandra Lampreich took a look around the birthplace of the Butterscotch Krimpet before it was sold and brought back this bittersweet photo essay > more

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew's Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry

Seeing Between The Ci-Lines: St. Andrew’s Chapel Awakened With Art And Geometry

February 27, 2015  |  Last Light

Temporary art installation Ci-Lines opens this Saturday inside the ornate, vacant St. Andrew's Chapel on Spruce Street in West Philly. We spoke with the project's artist Aaron Asis about community engagement, vacant and abandoned site activation, and urban preservation > more

With East Market Stirring, Girard Square Sheds Its Skin

With East Market Stirring, Girard Square Sheds Its Skin

February 18, 2015  |  Last Light

Demolition of 1100 Market Street is entering its last phase as the block makes way for East Market, a 17 story residential tower and urban retail village that aims to transform the area into a showplace for the city. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler went down to the site to grab these parting shots of the building and its storefronts as they quickly evaporate into memory > more

What Lies Within: The Dazzling Art Deco Interior Of 1616 Walnut Street

What Lies Within: The Dazzling Art Deco Interior Of 1616 Walnut Street

January 14, 2015  |  Last Light

Don't judge a building by its cover. Throughout the 1930s, Center City high-rises with subdued exteriors often contained resplendent Art Deco embellishments. Hidden City co-editor Peter Woodall puts the gilded halls of 1616 Walnut Street on display with this vibrant photo essay > more

A Holiday Oasis Under The Highway At Sam's Christmas Land

A Holiday Oasis Under The Highway At Sam’s Christmas Land

December 24, 2014  |  Last Light

Sam's Christmas Land is as Philly as it gets. During the holidays this closed-for-the-season water ice stand transforms into an over the top Xmas shop and outdoor neighborhood hang out. Kim Massare warms up near the fire bucket at Port Richmond's best kept holiday secret > more