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With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

With World Heritage City Liftoff Tomorrow, What Can We Expect?

May 25, 2016  |  News

World Heritage and City officials will unveil the project's ambitious goals, but what do they have in mind, and can they deliver? Hilary Jay reports > more

America's First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

America’s First Animal Shelter To Expand Historic Facility

May 13, 2016  |  News, Walk the Walk

Contributor Joe Brin checks in at Morris Animal Refuge where big plans to modernize the 142-year-old shelter are currently in the works > more

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

Crisis Of Mass Incarceration The Subject Of New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary

May 2, 2016  |  News

Eastern State Penitentiary takes an innovative approach to contemporary prison issues and public education with their new exhibit, “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” > more

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

Reaction To 19th Street Baptist Demo Scare Points Up Changing Sensitivity At L&I

April 28, 2016  |  News

A demolition notice mistakenly placed on the doors of 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze sent the preservation and planning community in hot pursuit of answers this week. Michael Bixler reports > more

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

Historic Estate And Underground Railroad Station Under Threat In Plymouth Meeting

April 20, 2016  |  News

At Butler and Germantown Pikes, plans for a dense suburban subdivision threaten to dissolve the Corson Estate, a 10 acre parcel rich in abolitionist history and an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Michael Bixler reports > more

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

Fishtown Church Conversion Summons Spiritualist Past

March 31, 2016  |  News

Philadelphia's only purpose-built Spiritualist church trades séances for office space at Frankford and Thompson. Michael Bixler reports. > more

World Heritage City? Not Exactly

World Heritage City? Not Exactly

March 9, 2016  |  News, Vantage

Reporter Ryan Briggs parses the meaning of the recent inclusion of Philadelphia in the “Organization of World Heritage Cities” and has a look at what it might mean for historic preservation > more

Drexel Reveals Next Step In Innovation District With Schuylkill Yards

Drexel Reveals Next Step In Innovation District With Schuylkill Yards

March 3, 2016  |  News

The next phase of Drexel's Innovation Neighborhood district is revealed with Brandywine Realty Trust as master developer > more

Pending Destruction Of Zagar Mural Spurs Community Into Action

Pending Destruction Of Zagar Mural Spurs Community Into Action

February 25, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, News

Public artwork and real estate development collide with the demolition of the Society Hill Playhouse. Michael Bixler reports > more

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

February 24, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, News

The Philadelphia Housing Authority's most ambitious redevelopment plan in a decade will radically reshape the Sharswood neighborhood. The agency has acquired more than 300 row homes and commercial buildings through eminent domain and preservationists are worried they will be torn down > more

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

Fishtown Residents Push Back Against Planned Church Demolition

February 11, 2016  |  News

Can the former East Montgomery Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, for years a hub for artists and the community, be saved? Ryan Briggs reports > more

The Long Death And Rebirth Of The National

The Long Death And Rebirth Of The National

February 1, 2016  |  News

Discerning passersby were startled along Second and Arch Streets last week when they noticed the historically designated National Products Building, famous for its orange midcentury tiles, coming down by the wrecking ball. But, Brad Maule writes after a visit to the Historical Commission, the façade will be "fully and faithfully" reconstructed > more

Our Campaign Perks Solve Your Holiday Gift Problems

Our Campaign Perks Solve Your Holiday Gift Problems

December 15, 2015  |  News

Keep the Hidden City Daily going while impressing your friends and family with your gift-giving skills > more

Preservation Still A Question As Developer Releases Preliminary Plans For 1911 Walnut

Preservation Still A Question As Developer Releases Preliminary Plans For 1911 Walnut

December 15, 2015  |  News

New plans for developing Rittenhouse Square's long empty lot on Walnut Street have emerged, while the fate of three historic buildings on the 1900 block of Sansom Street still hang in the balance. Stephen Stofka reports > more

Serendipity And Sustainability Take The Plunge At Thompson Bathhouse

Serendipity And Sustainability Take The Plunge At Thompson Bathhouse

December 10, 2015  |  News

Under the El at Girard, a couple sets out to turn an historic bathhouse into a progressive playspace for children. Co-editor Michael Bixler reports > more

Sunset In South Philly For The 23, Dawn For The 45

Sunset In South Philly For The 23, Dawn For The 45

November 24, 2015  |  News

SERVICE ALERT: This weekend marks the end of an era for a SEPTA legend. The Route 23, by far the longest and most ridden of SEPTA's city bus lines, will split in two, retaining the 23 on the northern portion and becoming the Route 45 in Center City and South Philadelphia. Brad Maule breaks down the line that's a geographic and cultural cross-section of the city > more

$30,000 Guarantees Another Year Of The Hidden City Daily

$30,000 Guarantees Another Year Of The Hidden City Daily

November 23, 2015  |  News

We launch our Fall Campaign with a clear goal: to keep publishing the Daily in 2016. It will take 400-500 donors. Are you in? > more

Near Whitman House, A Queen Anne Revival For Writers

Near Whitman House, A Queen Anne Revival For Writers

November 18, 2015  |  News

Rutgers Writer’s House is penning a new chapter for a late 19th century Queen Anne revival home on Cooper Street in Camden. SJ Punderson has the story on the Good Gray Poet's former neighbor > more

Blue Roof, Green Space, New City

Blue Roof, Green Space, New City

November 9, 2015  |  News

With today's opening of Cira Green, Brandywine Realty Trust adds a splash of green—and blue—to its growing neighborhood uniting Center City and University City. Brad Maule tours Philadelphia's first elevated park > more

Demolition Sought For 1900 Block Of Sansom Street

Demolition Sought For 1900 Block Of Sansom Street

November 6, 2015  |  News

Southern Land Company files hardship application with the Philadelphia Historical Commission to raze the Rittenhouse Coffee Shop, Warwick Apartment House, and Blair Funeral Home. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler reports > more

First Look: Brandywine's Plans For 2100 Market

First Look: Brandywine’s Plans For 2100 Market

October 30, 2015  |  News

What's next for 2100 Market Street? Contributor Stephen Stofka says the preliminary renderings are bold and give us a rundown with this design review > more

NKCDC Elevates North Kensington With Orinoka Civic House

NKCDC Elevates North Kensington With Orinoka Civic House

October 28, 2015  |  News

The New Kensington Community Development Corporation brings Orinoka Mills out of dereliction with affordable housing and community empowerment. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler has this report from north of Lehigh Avenue > more

In West Philadelphia, A Fabric Artist Strikes Again

In West Philadelphia, A Fabric Artist Strikes Again

October 7, 2015  |  News

Amy Orr weaves memory into location with her found object art interventions > more

Decked Out On Pier 68

Decked Out On Pier 68

September 30, 2015  |  News

Pier 68 rises from its watery grave with sharp landscaping and smart green space. Restoration work is complete and the fishing pier and tidal park officially opens on Thursday, October 8th. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler has this preview > more

Three Key Historic Neighborhood Buildings Recommended For Register

Three Key Historic Neighborhood Buildings Recommended For Register

September 16, 2015  |  News

The home of Pennsylvania's oldest African American congregation, a block of Victorian storefronts, and one of the last remnants of the city's commercial maritime past are recommended for placement on the Philadelphia Register > more

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

Demolition In The Works For Marian Anderson Church

August 18, 2015  |  News

Demolition permits have been pulled for the church where the great contralto Marian Anderson first sang in a choir and began her groundbreaking career. Contributors Rachel Hildebrandt and Oscar Beisert rushed to file a nomination to place the building on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places only to find an ineffectual administrative procedure still firmly in place > more

Pouring Life Into East Market

Pouring Life Into East Market

July 15, 2015  |  News

The sub basement foundation of East Market was poured this week marking the project's first phase of construction. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler went behind the gates of the massive redevelopment site to see the 35 concrete truck operation in person and brought back these photos. > more

St. Laurentius Church Blessed With Historic Designation

St. Laurentius Church Blessed With Historic Designation

July 10, 2015  |  News

The future of Fishtown's St. Laurentius Church has been legally protected for now after the Historical Commission voted today in favor of placing the Polish Catholic landmark on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 29, 2015  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 6th. Have a great Independence Day! > more

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

Redevelopment Plans For The Royal Theater Go Under Review

June 19, 2015  |  News

Plans to replace the Royal Theater with a 5 story luxury apartment complex and retail space will go before Historical Commission's Architectural Committee next week. Universal Companies and Dranoff Properties has proposed partial demolition of the historic, African American venue, preserving only the building's facade > more

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

Committee Recommends St. Laurentius For Historic Designation

June 9, 2015  |  News

The fight to save St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church took a positive turn today. The Historical Commission's Committee on Historic Designation recommended that the landmark sanctuary be considered for placement on the Philadelphia Register. The nomination goes before the full Historical Commission on July 10 > more

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

New Pedestrian Entrance At Laurel Hill Cemetery To Grant Access From Schuylkill River Trail

June 1, 2015  |  News

A new entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery is in the works that will transform how pedestrians and cyclists access the historic burial garden from the Schuylkill River Trail. The gateway adds another green attraction to the city's growing web of interconnected public spaces > more

Replacing The Boyd

Replacing The Boyd

May 20, 2015  |  News

As the Boyd Theatre's demolition crawls along, plans for its replacement, along with redevelopment of 1900 Chestnut Street, go to the Historical Commission on Tuesday for final approval. Brad Maule reports > 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

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram's Garden

Historic Green Space Restoration Underway At Bartram’s Garden

May 15, 2015  |  News

New life for an historic green space at Bartram's Garden. Stephen Stofka reports on the restoration of Carr Garden, which dates to the early 19th century, as part of major preservation and infrastructure investment there > more

With Council Introducing Gallery Redevelopment Bills, We Examine PREIT's Plan

With Council Introducing Gallery Redevelopment Bills, We Examine PREIT’s Plan

April 23, 2015  |  News

What's the economics behind the outlet mall concept? Will the Gallery remain a public place? Is PREIT offering transformative architecture? Nathaniel Popkin examines the project and files this report > more

Delaware Ave Development Proposal Puts Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

Delaware Ave Development Proposal Puts Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

April 17, 2015  |  News

Time bought for the former Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse in a zoning meeting Wednesday night. Fishtown neighbors shot down developer Michael Samschick's large-scale mixed-use proposals for the three adjoining lots along Delaware Avenue. Contributor Stephen Stofka was there and has a few take-away recommendations for a less sprawling, more conscientious treatment of the blocks > more

Burk Mansion Threatened Amidst Temple's Growth?

Burk Mansion Threatened Amidst Temple’s Growth?

March 17, 2015  |  News

Temple University has demolished six of the seven buildings it's owned on the 1500 block of North Broad Street in the past two years. Could the other, the 106-year-old Burk Mansion, be next? > more

Interior Designation For Blue Horizon's Historic Boxing Arena Denied

Interior Designation For Blue Horizon’s Historic Boxing Arena Denied

March 13, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, News

A win-lose situation for the Blue Horizon today. The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved designation of the building's façade, but denied protection of the world-renowned arena > more

Demolition Of Boyd Auditorium Imminent, Though Lobby And Hall Will Stay

Demolition Of Boyd Auditorium Imminent, Though Lobby And Hall Will Stay

March 12, 2015  |  News

Demolition stickers signal the end of the Boyd Theater's grand Art Deco auditorium and a lost opportunity to preserve Philadelphia's last remaining movie palace > more

Close Call For Bromley Carpet Factory After 3-Alarm Fire In Neighboring Building

Close Call For Bromley Carpet Factory After 3-Alarm Fire In Neighboring Building

February 24, 2015  |  News

Crisis averted for Bromley Carpet Factory in Kensington after 3-alarm fire breaks out along Front Street. > more

Historical Commission Approves Designation Of Art Deco Auto Showroom On Fairmount Avenue

Historical Commission Approves Designation Of Art Deco Auto Showroom On Fairmount Avenue

February 13, 2015  |  News

1930s-era Art Deco auto showroom at 15th and Fairmount Avenue is bound for the Philadelphia Register after Historical Commission approves nomination > more

Gears Are In Motion For Philadelphia's New Bike Share, But Are We Prepared?

Gears Are In Motion For Philadelphia’s New Bike Share, But Are We Prepared?

February 11, 2015  |  News

"Indego", the city's new bike share, is putting 600 bicycles on the street this spring as it starts to phase in the much-anticipated citywide program. Easy access to two-wheeled transportation will be a progressive, urban milestone for Philly, but has enough been done to ensure rider safety? > more

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, And Complicated

February 9, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, News

The partners of the 30th Street District have compelling plans for the area surrounding the busy transportation hub. Still in the infant stages of planning, transforming the area into a lively, active space is rife with challenges. Steve Stofka lends the situation an urbanist's eye and maps out the complicated road ahead > more

A Winter's Walk Around East Park Reservoir

A Winter’s Walk Around East Park Reservoir

February 6, 2015  |  News, Vantage

The quiet season has set in on the abandoned, nature-reclaimed West Basin lake at East Park Reservoir. On one of the the last winter mornings before humans are reintroduced, Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler took a chilly hike with Autubon PA and Outward Bound to hear what the future holds for this extraordinary, urban wildlife sanctuary > more

Cryptoporticus Exposed: Tunnels Beneath Woodlands Mansion Bare All

Cryptoporticus Exposed: Tunnels Beneath Woodlands Mansion Bare All

January 28, 2015  |  News

Cryptoportiwho? Michael Bixler went urban spelunking inside the network of service tunnels that lie beneath Hamilton's Mansion with Woodlands Cemetery executive director Jessica Baumert. Open to the elements after more than a century, the subterranean passageways are currently undergoing major structural restoration > more

J.T. Riley Lumberyard Yields To Mixed-Use Development

J.T. Riley Lumberyard Yields To Mixed-Use Development

January 23, 2015  |  News

Big development plans are in motion for the former site of J.T. Riley Lumberyard on East Girard Avenue. A leader of the lumber industry for over a century, the recently closed location in Northern Liberties-Fishtown will soon give way to modern apartments and retail space > more

Gray Area: The Future Of

Gray Area: The Future Of “30th Street Station”

January 22, 2015  |  News

In August, the President's signature enacted a law that renamed 30th Street Station for former Congressman Bill Gray. So does that mean we should expect a blitz of Amtrak marketing announcing the change like SEPTA did with "Jefferson Station?" Not exactly, if the new sign facing Center City is any indication. Brad Maule rides the rails to find out > more

Fearing Demolition, Community Advocates Of Germantown YWCA Call For Emergency Meeting

Fearing Demolition, Community Advocates Of Germantown YWCA Call For Emergency Meeting

January 21, 2015  |  News

A proposal by Mission First Housing Group to reuse the Germantown YWCA for low-income senior housing was officially rejected yesterday by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Amid fears that the building may now be threatened with demolition, local residents will hold a public emergency meeting this Thursday night to air concerns and get more information from the developers and City officials. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler has the details > more

Lits' Lights: Let's Look

Lits’ Lights: Let’s Look

January 20, 2015  |  News

As the sun sets on Philadelphia this evening, the lights go up at Lits. Mayor Nutter will be on hand to turn on long-proposed digital signage, ushering in a new era at the historic Lit Brothers Building > more

Long Blighted, The Former Native American Museum On Chestnut Street To Be Redeveloped

Long Blighted, The Former Native American Museum On Chestnut Street To Be Redeveloped

January 12, 2015  |  News

Ten years has past since the Native American Museum at 2nd and Chestnut Street has seen tenants. Rusting and rotting among a row of pristine, Old City façades, the property may see a comeback at the hands of new owners Posel Management. Ryan Briggs has the story. > more

Public Green Plans For 40th Street Trolley Portal To Break Ground In 2015

Public Green Plans For 40th Street Trolley Portal To Break Ground In 2015

January 9, 2015  |  News

Plans to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal into a meadowy, transit oasis are shovel ready and in motion. Ten years in the concept phase, the project recently gained momentum from the success of activating underutilized public spaces like The Porch at 30th Street Station and Dilworth Plaza. Construction at the portal is slated to begin this year > more

Take ’Er Easy, Pilgrim Congregational

Take ’Er Easy, Pilgrim Congregational

December 22, 2014  |  News

Vaya con Dios, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. Demolition of the 163-year-old Fishtown church begins today. Brad Maule provides its obituary and asks a simple question: Isn't it about time Philadelphia had a comprehensive survey of historic buildings? > more

With Churches Fast Disappearing In Fishtown, A Chance To See What's At Stake

With Churches Fast Disappearing In Fishtown, A Chance To See What’s At Stake

December 18, 2014  |  News

What to do with all the churches? With the imminent loss of another Fishtown church, New Kensington Community Development Corporation wants you to see what's at stake--join them for a post-holiday tour. Michael Bixler reports > more

Reanimating The Archives At William Way

Reanimating The Archives At William Way

December 17, 2014  |  News

It's been a long journey home for the William Way Community Center and a bumpy ride for their archives. With a William Penn Foundation grant in hand, they will soon have a proper research facility dedicated to local LGBT history. Erin Bernard takes us into their stacks and down the path that led the community center to Spruce Street > more

Donate Today  And  Help Us Stay The Course

Donate Today And Help Us Stay The Course

November 21, 2014  |  News

What would Philadelphia be without Hidden City Daily? That question looms as we end the 9th day of our annual campaign. Co-editor Michael Bixler has this special message to our readers > more

Year Four Of The <em>Hidden City Daily</em>? We Need Your Help

Year Four Of The Hidden City Daily? We Need Your Help

November 13, 2014  |  News

Our annual campaign begins today. Watch our new video, consider the perks, think about what Hidden City means to you. Then make your donation today! > more

Blue Horizon Fights For Its Life At Historic Designation Meeting This Wednesday

Blue Horizon Fights For Its Life At Historic Designation Meeting This Wednesday

November 10, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

Legendary boxing venue Blue Horizon gets ready for another round as its nomination for historic designation goes before the Philadelphia Historical Commission on Wednesday at City Hall > more

Bid Process Reveals Uncertain Future For Delaware Power Station

Bid Process Reveals Uncertain Future For Delaware Power Station

October 30, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

Bids for purchase and redevelopment of the Delaware Power Station are due Monday at 5PM. What will they tell us about the monumental building's future? Ryan Briggs talks to some experts and considers the future of this part of the Delaware waterfront > more

Saying Goodbye To Stokes House

Saying Goodbye To Stokes House

October 29, 2014  |  News

The end is near for the Stokes house of Holme Circle. Despite efforts by a local civic association to save the 19th century stone farmhouse at 2976 Welsh Road, it will be razed any day now for new residential development. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler took a trip out to Holmesburg to bid the building a fond farewell > more

In East Kensington, Housing Development To Replace Little Berlin's

In East Kensington, Housing Development To Replace Little Berlin’s “Fairgrounds”

October 15, 2014  |  News

Viking Mills owner selling lot that artists collective has activated for the past four years. Emma Jacobs reports on what's coming and why > more

Community Collective Pushing For Reuse Of Germantown Town Hall

Community Collective Pushing For Reuse Of Germantown Town Hall

October 8, 2014  |  News

The Hidden City Festival unleashed community desire to save and reuse Germantown Town Hall. Now, the Germantown Town Hall Collaborative is ready to start planning the building's future at a community meeting this Saturday. Michael Bixler reports > more

The Hidden River On Grand Display

The Hidden River On Grand Display

October 2, 2014  |  News

With a boardwalk in Center City and a reimagined rec center in Manayunk each set to open this week, Philadelphia has two inspiring venues in which to see the Schuylkill River anew. Brad Maule previews the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center > more

Bidding Farewell To Queen Lane, Looking Ahead For PHA

Bidding Farewell To Queen Lane, Looking Ahead For PHA

September 12, 2014  |  News

With tomorrow morning's implosion of Queen Lane Apartments, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will have demolished 23 of the 36 residential high-rises they built in the 1950s and 60s. Ryan Briggs examines where Queen Lane falls in PHA's long term plan for fixing the largely failed experiment > more

Fine Tuning At Cunningham Piano Company

Fine Tuning At Cunningham Piano Company

September 10, 2014  |  News

The Mural Arts Program is giving the vintage exterior signs of Cunningham Piano Company in Germantown a little polishing up. Maria Gorshin has the story on the project and some background on this world-renowned local pearl > more

Breathing Life Back Into Bromley

Breathing Life Back Into Bromley

September 5, 2014  |  News

Good news is afoot in Kensington. Construction is finally underway at Bromley Carpet Mill on Jasper Street. Michael Bixler has this story of perseverance and preservation > more

What Lies Beyond The Blue Horizon? The Fabled Venue's Future In Doubt

What Lies Beyond The Blue Horizon? The Fabled Venue’s Future In Doubt

September 2, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

The clock is ticking to save the Blue Horizon. Michael Buozis walks us through the details of how one of the greatest venues in boxing history ended up on a hotel developer's chopping block > more

Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

Bridesburg, Riverfront Neighborhood Now With Riverfront Access

August 28, 2014  |  News

With a land swap championed by Councilman Bobby Henon, Philadelphia gained a win-win scenario with the expansion of Dietz & Watson's facilities and a new riverfront park. Plan Philly's Jared Brey and Hidden City's Brad Maule explore the future park in Bridesburg—the riverfront neighborhood which will finally have access to the riverfront > more

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again

The Wheels of Steal: Scrap Metal Theft Is On The Rise, Again

August 25, 2014  |  News

A new wave of scrap metal theft is sweeping the city, and it is no holds barred. From residential copper wiring to SEPTA rail plates, everything appears to be up for grabs. Max Marin sheds some light on the familiar trend > more

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The

At Pier 68, New Ways To Connect To The “Working” River

August 22, 2014  |  News

With construction on the South Philadelphia pier park set to start this fall, Nathaniel Popkin talks to landscape architect Bryan Hanes and his design team about their inspiration > more

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

In Parkside, Habitat For Humanity Takes On New Challenge: Preservation

July 30, 2014  |  News

Neighbors and volunteers confront challenges as they attempt to restore their Philadelphia historic register houses. Some preservationists argue that this kind of project, in a low income neighborhood, requires a new approach. Michael Buozis files this report from West Philadelphia > more

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

Starting The Second Life Of A Manayunk Icon

July 16, 2014  |  News

Work officially began this week on the trail that will reconnect Lower Merion and Manayunk across the Schuylkill River by foot and by bike. Brad Maule looks back—and forward—at the nearly 100-year-old Manayunk Bridge > more

Summer Break

Summer Break

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short summer vacation. We'll be back next Monday, July 7th. Have a great Fourth of July. > more

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue's Residential Conversion

Jewish Iconography Destroyed In Bella Vista Synagogue’s Residential Conversion

June 30, 2014  |  News

The Fetfatzes family, owners of Bella Vista Beverage and the Bainbridge Street Barrel House, take pride in converting the former B'nai Reuben Synagogue—most recently the Antiquarian's Delight—into apartments, "because of the history and culture it affords." Now, in addition to the demolition of the congregation's ceiling murals, they've removed just a little more of that history and culture, with the filing off of Jewish iconography on the building's façade today > more

The New Life Of The Old Family Court (And Its Murals)

The New Life Of The Old Family Court (And Its Murals)

June 25, 2014  |  News

When the Family Court relocates to its new building on LOVE Park later this year, it will vacate the French-inspired structure on Logan Square it's called home for over 70 years. Max Ufberg digs in to see what will become of the New Deal-era murals, as well as a looming sculpture of a prominent judge, when the building is reborn as a luxury hotel > more

End Of The Road For Atonement (UPDATED)

End Of The Road For Atonement (UPDATED)

June 10, 2014  |  News

The 114-year-old Church of the Atonement at 47th & Kingsessing in West/Southwest Philadelphia appears to be on its death bed, as still-unconfirmed signs of demolition close in on the Furness & Evans church > more

Neighbors Fight For Zoning Code Vision In Bella Vista

Neighbors Fight For Zoning Code Vision In Bella Vista

June 3, 2014  |  News

As curb cuts mount in the traditionally mixed-use district, neighbors fight back. The developer is unfazed, reports Max Ufberg > more

A Matter of Modern Recreation Vs Historic Trees At Penn Treaty Park

A Matter of Modern Recreation Vs Historic Trees At Penn Treaty Park

May 19, 2014  |  News

As the plan to freshen up and modernize Penn Treaty Park have evolved, so has a playground included in it. But as Marlon MacAllister reports, the new playground would now spell the removal of 120-year-old sycamores—trees that were planted at the park's dedication in 1893 > more

Growing Tower, Growing Skyline

Growing Tower, Growing Skyline

May 14, 2014  |  News

With fireworks and a vintage air pump, Brandywine Realty Trust and an all-star cast today broke ground on FMC Tower at 30th & Walnut. Brad Maule profiles the latest addition to the Philly skyline > more

Accident Galvanizes City To Address Unused Trolley Tracks

Accident Galvanizes City To Address Unused Trolley Tracks

May 13, 2014  |  News

The Route 23 trolley hasn't been in service for more than two decades, yet its tracks still pose a hazard to bicyclists. Now there's a plan to pave over the tracks at some Center City intersections, much to the dismay of some trolley advocates, who have long hoped the #23 would make a comeback > more

From Copper Scrappers To Table Scrapping at Frankford & Lehigh

From Copper Scrappers To Table Scrapping at Frankford & Lehigh

May 6, 2014  |  News

On Sunday, one theoretical grocery store took a major step toward becoming a reality. Erin Bernard has the story of the Kensington Community Food Co-op's forthcoming brick-and-mortar store > more

Developer A No-Show In His Fight To Demolish Historic Roxborough Home

Developer A No-Show In His Fight To Demolish Historic Roxborough Home

May 2, 2014  |  News

A developer wants to demolish a 19th Century home in Roxborough and replace it with 6-8 new homes. Last night, he was to meet with the neighbors who are opposed to the demolition of yet another historic neighborhood house, but he didn't show > more

Wissahickon East Officially Welcomed Into Fairmount Park

Wissahickon East Officially Welcomed Into Fairmount Park

April 30, 2014  |  News

Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system grew by six acres on Saturday with the dedication of the Wissahickon East parcel in East Mt. Airy. Elected officials and park commissioners cut a ribbon to make it official, and volunteers staged a three-hour cleanup to get the park off on the good foot > more

Plotting The Future Of Manayunk's Cathedral

Plotting The Future Of Manayunk’s Cathedral

April 29, 2014  |  News

A report prepared by a pair of local architecture & engineering firms puts a price tag on the future of the 120-year-old St. John the Baptist—"Manayunk's Cathedral." A meeting at the church this evening opens the discussion on how the parish will get there. Christopher Mote reports > more

In Lansdowne, Bringing A Moorish Movie Palace Back to Life

In Lansdowne, Bringing A Moorish Movie Palace Back to Life

April 25, 2014  |  News

The loss of the Boyd was a tremendous blow to fans of the Art Deco gem, but there is another theater just outside the city waging its own campaign to reopen: the Lansdowne. Abandoned America's Matthew Christopher has an update > more

In Search Of A Cure For City Blue [Updated, 5:20PM]

In Search Of A Cure For City Blue [Updated, 5:20PM]

April 23, 2014  |  News

After a piece of it crashed onto the sidewalk, the defining feature that earned 1106 Chestnut Street a place on the city's Register of Historic Places has been entirely removed. Max Ufberg weighs the conflicts facing City Blue, L&I, and the Historical Commission—and the options to resolve them > more

A Golden Glow For <em>The Inquirer's</em> Saffron

A Golden Glow For The Inquirer’s Saffron

April 15, 2014  |  News

Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced its 2014 winners. After 15 years with a watchful eye on Philadelphia's built environment, the Inquirer's Inga Saffron won journalism's highest award for criticism > more

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

The Revolution, Stuck With Stern

April 3, 2014  |  News

Taliban of Architecture be damned! The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved Robert A.M. Stern's "updated" design for the Museum of the American Revolution, paving the way for construction of its lackluster design > more

No Loss Of Dignity At Tindley Temple

No Loss Of Dignity At Tindley Temple

March 24, 2014  |  News

The AIA has awarded its Landmark Building of the Year for 2014 to Tindley Temple, the historic African American church on the Avenue of the Arts. The award is for more than architecture. It comes just as church officials are exploring strategies to survive > more

Dual Five-Story Projects Signify Brewerytown's Evolution

Dual Five-Story Projects Signify Brewerytown’s Evolution

March 21, 2014  |  News

In Brewerytown, two new five-story projects across Girard Avenue from each other aim to 'make a statement.' Brad Maule previews the Braverman Building and Girard27 > more

Fate In Balance, Historical Commission To Hear Boyd Theater Case Friday

Fate In Balance, Historical Commission To Hear Boyd Theater Case Friday

March 13, 2014  |  News

Preservation advocates had hoped an anonymous donor's offer to purchase the historic Boyd Theater would save its stunning Art Deco auditorium. But iPic Theaters has continued to fight for its plan to install eight movie screens and an Italian restaurant in the building > more

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

St. Bonaventure condemned, but who will salvage its soul?

March 13, 2014  |  News

In a show of bipartisan journalism, Plan Philly and Hidden City team up to find out how—or if—things are salvaged in a city-ordered demolition. Jared Brey reports and Brad Maule photographs at St. Bonaventure in North Philadelphia > more

The Complicated Growth Of CHOP

The Complicated Growth Of CHOP

March 4, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

What happens when a growing healthcare institution meets with a growing residential neighborhood at a crucial location for the entire city? The answer, Theresa Everline finds, is quite complicated, in this detailed look at CHOP's expansion on the east side of the South Street Bridge > more

On American Street, A Growing Manufacturer Holds On

On American Street, A Growing Manufacturer Holds On

February 28, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

In the center of the debate over the future of American Street is a 20 year deli meat company, Emil's Gourmet. Will the company be swallowed up by coming residential development, or will the street, to the dismay of some residents, remain industrial? Aaron Kase has the story, in this third part of our series on the future of South Kensington > more

Future Of American Street Hinges On Soko Lofts Parcel, Now For Sale

Future Of American Street Hinges On Soko Lofts Parcel, Now For Sale

February 27, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

How did Soko Lofts grow from 160 units to 320 to possibly 600? And what will happen to the parcel now that the developer has put it for sale? Aaron Kase looks for answers to these questions in this second part of our series on the future of South Kensington > more

Weighing Directions As South Kensington Evolves

Weighing Directions As South Kensington Evolves

February 26, 2014  |  Developing Challenges, News

In this first of a three part series on the future of South Kensington, reporter Aaron Kase finds a neighborhood perched on the edge > more

Landmark Lits To Grow 30 Stories Taller

Landmark Lits To Grow 30 Stories Taller

February 19, 2014  |  News

The historic Lit Brothers block on Market Street never shies away from controversy. In 1985, Mellon Bank signed a major lease, saving it from demolition at the 11th hour. A year and a half ago, electric signage was approved, then fought, for its roofline. Now, the owner, Mellon Independence Realty, wants to add a 30-story tower to the Filbert Street side of the complex. Brad Maule reports > more

ICE STORM 2014: <em>Beautiful But Deadly</em>

ICE STORM 2014: Beautiful But Deadly

February 6, 2014  |  News

As though the wet, heavy snow wasn't enough, Mother Nature polished it off with a nice, icy sheen. The 1-2 punch proved a bit too much for many in Penn's Woods, and falling trees took out power, homes, and cars. Brad Maule surveys the damage in West Mount Airy > more

Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, Grounded For Good

Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, Grounded For Good

February 5, 2014  |  News

The latest victim in the long winter of our discontent is the Philadelphia Zoo Balloon, whose final year of service was preempted by the heavy, wet snow yesterday. Brad Maule looks back on its twelve years on the skyline > more

Hollywood Ending For Boyd Looks Unlikely As Case Goes Before Hardship Committee Tomorrow

Hollywood Ending For Boyd Looks Unlikely As Case Goes Before Hardship Committee Tomorrow

January 27, 2014  |  News

Christopher Mote reports on arguments for and against granting the prospective developer of the Boyd the right to demolish the movie palace's historic art deco auditorium. The case will be reviewed Tuesday by the hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission > more