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The Tastiest Morsel Of Season City

The Tastiest Morsel Of Season City

July 6, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

On the sleepy 200 block of North 13th Street the former Ballinger Building is steamy with the scent of dim sum and a wide range of former tenants that will send an appetite for adaptive reuse into overdrive. If the building's Renaissance façade doesn't whet the palette, its history of notable 20th century construction companies, sexploitation films, and enterprising architectural firms will. The Shadow dishes out this multicourse meal from the outer edges of Center City > more

Lost Potential: Banking On A Better Future For PSFS Building

Lost Potential: Banking On A Better Future For PSFS Building

June 22, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The former Philadelphia Savings Fund Society headquarters on Washington Square has had a hard time keeping occupants inside its grand banking floor since the parent financial institution sold the building in 1988. High end restaurants have come and gone, leaving the space vulnerable to uninspired reuse, like its current iteration as an urgent care medical facility, Jefferson at Washington Square. The Shadow thinks the hospital cashed the neighborhood's check by squandering the building's potential and freezing the block with cold commerce > more

A Match Made In Metal On Federal Street

A Match Made In Metal On Federal Street

June 8, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

On the surface you'd never guess that a Mexican restaurant and a beer distributor at the corner of 15th and Federal once had very close ties that date back to the turn of the 20th century. The Shadow heads down to South Philly where he reconnects A. & G. Bohem Cornice Works' long separated siblings in Newbold > more

The Lost Backstreet Of The Bellevue Court Building

The Lost Backstreet Of The Bellevue Court Building

May 26, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The Bellevue Court Building on Walnut Street takes its namesake from a street that was erased in the 1990s by the construction of the Tiffany's & Co. jewelry store. The Shadow takes a walk down the forgotten thoroughfare with the building's beginnings and background > more

The Stud(ebaker) Of North Broad

The Stud(ebaker) Of North Broad

May 11, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

From manufacturing cars to building the future of Philadelphia's youth, the old Studebaker Building at 800 North Broad Street has kept pace with the changing times. The Shadow takes a look under the hood of this throwback from the days of Automobile Row > more