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Reaching For The Heavens At Cret's Tower Of Chimes

Reaching For The Heavens At Cret’s Tower Of Chimes

May 26, 2017  |  Vantage

Turn a corner in Philadelphia and you will eventually run into a building or bridge designed by Paul Phillipe Cret. Celebrated for his broad, arched infrastructure and Neoclassical landmarks, not much is discussed of his cemetery architecture. Contributor Brian Horne takes a trip out to Montgomery County where a 172-foot tower designed by Cret sends a memorial park reaching towards the sky > more

Rediscovering The Dead Fleet Of The Delaware River

Rediscovering The Dead Fleet Of The Delaware River

May 23, 2017  |  Vantage

The ships of the "Dead Fleet" at Pier 78 rise at low tide from their watery graves in the Delaware River. It's a curious sight, recalling a time when the riverbanks thrummed with a booming maritime industry. Philadelphia shipping historian Robert McNulty takes us on a salty voyage to uncover the backstory of South Philadelphia's ghost ship graveyard > more

Building A Better Future With Bright Common

Building A Better Future With Bright Common

May 19, 2017  |  Vantage

Hidden City editor Michael Bixler catches up with sustainable architect Jeremy Avellino to talk climate change, deep energy retrofits, and the power of passive house building. > more

The Making (And Marketing) Of The Modern Gayborhood

The Making (And Marketing) Of The Modern Gayborhood

May 12, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Kelson Northeimer takes a look at the history of the Gayborhood and its cultural transformation through lifestyle marketing and gentrification > more

Ralston Center Celebrates 200 Years Of Senior Care

Ralston Center Celebrates 200 Years Of Senior Care

May 3, 2017  |  Vantage

Ralston Center, a former Victorian residence for aging women on Chestnut Street, commemorates 200 years of service for the elderly with wellness programs and community outreach. Karen Chernick has the story > more

Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

April 26, 2017  |  Vantage

Public health scholar Steve Metraux exhumes the heart of Philadelphia's Skid Row, buried under the Vine Street Expressway by the hands of urban renewal. > more

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

Khmer Monastery In Kingsessing Enlightens The Schuylkill

April 24, 2017  |  Vantage

Dan Papa celebrates the Cambodian New Year with a look at the Wat Khmer Palelai Buddhist temple under construction in Southwest Philly > more

How Franklin’s Grave Became A Monument And Philadelphians Were Persuaded To Like It

How Franklin’s Grave Became A Monument And Philadelphians Were Persuaded To Like It

April 19, 2017  |  Vantage

Nearly 70 years after Benjamin Franklin’s death, public outcry demanding honor for the Founding Father transformed a battered, overgrown gravesite into a popular tourist destination. But the real story isn't at all what we've been told. Join Mark Dixon as he uncovers truth and public deception behind the hole in the wall at Benjamin Franklin's grave > more

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

April 15, 2017  |  Vantage

An exhibition at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia illuminates the history of railroad architecture through drawings, photographs, and more. Michael Bixler has the review > more

North Broad Rising

North Broad Rising

April 11, 2017  |  Vantage

Lights on, graffiti gone. The revamped Lorraine is once again looking divine. Will the rest of North Broad follow her lead? Bradley Maule takes a look > more

Meta Muralist Blends Architecture With Public Art

Meta Muralist Blends Architecture With Public Art

April 4, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Karen Chernick sits down with artist Michael Webb to discuss the process of mural making and his revolving theme of building-inspired public art > more

Brewerytown Warehouse Conversion Keeps Graffiti In The Picture

Brewerytown Warehouse Conversion Keeps Graffiti In The Picture

March 31, 2017  |  Vantage

Inspired by an era of abandonment, MM Partners uses street art for interior design. Tyler Horst has the story > more

The Gallery: Finally The Destination Ed Bacon Hoped For?

The Gallery: Finally The Destination Ed Bacon Hoped For?

March 23, 2017  |  Vantage

PREIT's transformation of The Gallery into an upscale shopping outlet promises to be the suburban-minded downtown destination that the first mall failed to deliver. Contributor Chris Giuliano takes a look at the redevelopment of East Market and Edmond Bacon's original plan > more

Tracking The Evolution Of Industry At 34th And Grays Ferry

Tracking The Evolution Of Industry At 34th And Grays Ferry

March 16, 2017  |  Vantage

The site of Penn's new riverside research campus has a long, decorated history of industrial enterprise. Contributor Madeline Helmer dives deep into the backstory > more

Colonial Dames? Yes, Still Active (And Growing) On Latimer Street

Colonial Dames? Yes, Still Active (And Growing) On Latimer Street

February 2, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Karen Chernick checks in at the Pennsylvania headquarters of the Colonial Dames of America where the Spirit of '76 is alive and kicking > more

On Spruce Street, A Symphony Of Fading History

On Spruce Street, A Symphony Of Fading History

January 31, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Rob McClung opens the door of 1617 Spruce, where the Philadelphia Musical Academy once filled the street with the sounds of classical music > more

In Belmont, The Making Of A

In Belmont, The Making Of A “City Of Villas”

January 20, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Joshua Bevan takes us on an architectural tour of Belmont, where the origins and growth of the neighborhood can still be read in its distinctive homes > more

Shaping A New Urban Crossroads At 33rd And Chestnut

Shaping A New Urban Crossroads At 33rd And Chestnut

January 18, 2017  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest stands at the confluence of Penn and Drexel's campuses where a once listless intersection is being redefined with energy, connectivity, and strategic design > more

Pencoyd Bridge Reopens In Manayunk, As Redevelopment Of Foundry Site Begins

Pencoyd Bridge Reopens In Manayunk, As Redevelopment Of Foundry Site Begins

January 11, 2017  |  Vantage

The deserted industrial site of Pencoyd Iron Works is next on a growing list of riverside redevelopment along the Schuylkill. Contributor Mick Ricereto takes us deep inside the history of the family-owned foundry and farmland that dates back to the city's founding > more

Lost Buildings Of 2016

Lost Buildings Of 2016

December 30, 2016  |  Vantage

That cheery, time-honored tradition: the year-end list. Here on the Daily, that means a roundup of the year's demolitions in our World Heritage City. Brad Maule finds 2016's list warrants more than just a top ten > more

Most Intriguing Projects Of 2016

Most Intriguing Projects Of 2016

December 21, 2016  |  Vantage

With dozens of projects to choose from, contributor Hilary Jay, founder of Design Philadelphia, selects 11 outstanding examples of new construction, adaptive reuse, and public amenities completed this year > more

Finding John Haviland

Finding John Haviland

December 16, 2016  |  Vantage

A quick check to confirm the final resting place of famed Philadelphia architect John Haviland pulls one historical researcher deep down the rabbit hole. Join Nicholas Pappas on an odyssey of obsession, intrigue, and reinterment > more

America's Oldest Road Takes Center Stage In New Documentary

America’s Oldest Road Takes Center Stage In New Documentary

December 5, 2016  |  Vantage

The King's Highway, the oldest continuously used road in America, is the subject of an award winning documentary premiering tonight at the Kimmel Center > more

Location Is Everything: Confessions Of A PhillyHistory User

Location Is Everything: Confessions Of A PhillyHistory User

November 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Volunteer PhillyHistory.org geotagger Louis Lescas is an urban historian, map wiz, and human GPS system all wrapped up in one. In this personal essay he shares his love and obsession with hunting locations of old photos for the Philadelphia City Archive > more

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

November 21, 2016  |  Vantage

Livestock, slaughterhouses, and stock cars: these are the sights of West Philadelphia after the Civil War. Contributor Joshua Bevan introduces us to Irish immigrant cattle drover Dennis Smyth, a leading figure of the city's stockyard industry in the late 19th century > more

There's No Us Without You

There’s No Us Without You

November 18, 2016  |  Vantage

We promise to keep delivering for you in 2017. All we need to do that is your support today. Help us reach our $30,000 goal and keep the stories coming > more

In Age Of Trump, Philly Has Legal & Political Power To Resist: Here's How

In Age Of Trump, Philly Has Legal & Political Power To Resist: Here’s How

November 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's future under President-Elect Trump "depends on the exercise of political power in Washington," says Richard Schragger, the author of City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age, in an interview with Nathaniel Popkin > more

Making Connections In New Jersey With The Delair Bridge

Making Connections In New Jersey With The Delair Bridge

November 9, 2016  |  Vantage

Now that the election is over, it appears we'd better start building bridges. So we thought we'd present this history of the Delair Bridge, erected by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1895. Strangely obscured next to the Betsy Ross, it was the first bridge to cross the Delaware River south of Trenton. Contributor Mick Ricereto has the story > more

Considering Our Riverfront <em>Palazzos Of Power</em>: Their History And Potential

Considering Our Riverfront Palazzos Of Power: Their History And Potential

November 2, 2016  |  Vantage

Michael Bixler catches up with architectural historian Aaron Wunsch to discuss his and photographer Joseph E. B. Elliott's new book, "Palazzos Of Power," which they will present tonight at the Center for Architecture > more

In Somerton, Suffragists' Vision Lives On

In Somerton, Suffragists’ Vision Lives On

October 27, 2016  |  Vantage

In Northeast Philadelphia, the spirit of the suffrage movement lives on at Cranaleith. The late Victorian home was designed by architect Minerva Parker Nichols for both a family home and a meeting place for women's rights activists during the late 19th century. The property is now home to the Sisters of Mercy and the Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Contributor Sarah Kennedy gives us the tour > more

Minerva Parker Nichols: Architect Of Gender Equality

Minerva Parker Nichols: Architect Of Gender Equality

October 26, 2016  |  Vantage

In this second installment of our three-part series on the life and work of groundbreaking female architect Minerva Parker Nichols we trace the origins and apex of her brief, dynamic career > more

Viva Minerva! Celebrating America's First Independent Female Architect

Viva Minerva! Celebrating America’s First Independent Female Architect

October 25, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia architect Minerva Parker Nichols was the first independent female practitioner in the trade and the first female member of the AIA, earning acclaim in the region and across the country. To celebrate the recent addition of Mill-Rae, a Nichols-designed Victorian home with deep women's suffrage ties, to the National Register of Historic Places we present this first installment in a three-part series to honor her life and work > more

On Jewelers Row, Oral History Project Goes Beyond The Bench Work

On Jewelers Row, Oral History Project Goes Beyond The Bench Work

October 12, 2016  |  Vantage

Behind the scenes on Jewelers Row, family history and a vibrant, multicultural community is revealed through interviews with designers and merchants along the historic commercial corridor > more

Reconnecting Horticultural History On The Schuylkill

Reconnecting Horticultural History On The Schuylkill

October 11, 2016  |  Vantage

Bartram's Gardens and The Woodlands will reunite through connective access when the westward extension of the Schuylkill River Trail is complete. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo traces the deep-seeded relationship between these two National Historic Landmarks > more

PhillyRow Project Colors The Row House With Love

PhillyRow Project Colors The Row House With Love

October 7, 2016  |  Vantage

The PhillyRow project brings pride and connection to neighborhood row house design with a coloring book for kids and an interpretive research exhibition. Tyler Horst has the story > more

DesignPhiladelphia Hits <em>Home</em> With This Year's Festival

DesignPhiladelphia Hits Home With This Year’s Festival

October 5, 2016  |  Vantage

This year's DesignPhiladelphia festival kicks into full swing tomorrow featuring 100 events over the next two weeks. Michael Bixler has these staff picks. > more

<em>A Million Faces</em> Celebrates The Photography Of John Mosley

A Million Faces Celebrates The Photography Of John Mosley

September 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia photojournalist John Mosley captured positive, empowering images of African American culture in the years between segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. A retrospective honoring his work is now on view at the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill. Michael Bixler has the review. > more

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

Requiem For A Moderne Gem, William Penn Annex Post Office

September 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Contributor Ann de Forest delivers a eulogy for the decline of civic architecture and the closing of an iconic post office on East Market Street. > more

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

In Germantown, The Work Of Henry Houston Lives On

September 14, 2016  |  Vantage

Community planner and developer Henry Houston is best known for his 19th century suburban expansion in Chestnut Hill and Wissahickon Heights, but his significant influence in Germantown remains largely unsung. Contributor Joshua Bevan takes a trip to Tulpehocken Station where the origins of Houston's legacy surrounds all > more

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

The Spark And Influence of City Visions 30 Years Later

September 2, 2016  |  Vantage

In 1986, design competition City Visions challenged contestants to build a better Philadelphia. No idea was too big or too small and all was encouraged to enter. On the competition's anniversary Contributor Ann de Forest takes a look back and finds a spirit of innovation akin to the city's current approach to urban design solutions > more

On Jewelers Row, Tracing The Origins Of 702-710 Sansom Street

On Jewelers Row, Tracing The Origins Of 702-710 Sansom Street

August 31, 2016  |  Vantage

On the 700 block of Jewelers Row, Helen Gassman and Karly Kessler bring the history of the five buildings currently threatened by demolition into view > more

New Book Puts Readers In The Ring With Philly's Jewish Boxing Stars

New Book Puts Readers In The Ring With Philly’s Jewish Boxing Stars

August 16, 2016  |  Vantage

At the turn of the 20th century Jewish fighters ruled the circuit in Philadelphia. Author Harry Boonin puts boxing history back in the arena with his new book, Never Tell a Boy Not to Fight > more

Ring The Alarm! Now Is The Time To Protect Philly’s Historic Firehouses

Ring The Alarm! Now Is The Time To Protect Philly’s Historic Firehouses

August 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Ken Finkel hits the emergency signal with this survey of Philly's architecturally diverse stock of historic firehouses, many of which sit imperiled by neglect and development. > more

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

FDR Left Out Of DNC Day One, But Here He Is, Franklin Field, 1936

July 26, 2016  |  Vantage

Left out of DNC Day One, FDR--and his liberal coalition--was the crucible of the present day Democratic Party and a sea change in Philadelphia politics. He accepted the 1936 Democratic Party nomination at Franklin Field; here is his speech in full > more

With The DNC, A Peek Inside Election Days Of The 1980s

With The DNC, A Peek Inside Election Days Of The 1980s

July 25, 2016  |  Vantage

The DNC has a former West Philly resident revisiting days of ward committees, election judging, and driving the election results to City Hall Annex. Philadelphia big D- and little d-democratic life > more

<em>Rowhouse Workshop</em> Examines The Anatomy Of A Neighborhood Icon

Rowhouse Workshop Examines The Anatomy Of A Neighborhood Icon

June 24, 2016  |  Vantage

Armed with a 2016 grant from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, architect Brian Phillips sets out to survey the ins and outs of the Philadelphia row house > more

First Run: Camden's Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

First Run: Camden’s Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

June 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Drive-in theaters were once synonymous with American automobile culture, summertime, and Saturday night. Now, only approximately 338 are still in operation today. Contributor Bart Everts takes us across the river to Camden where the world's first drive-in was designed and patented > more

Grasso Holdings Hits A Flat Note With New Rivage Site Design

Grasso Holdings Hits A Flat Note With New Rivage Site Design

June 17, 2016  |  Vantage

  Since 2011, one of Philadelphia’s more prominent design-and-build firms, Onion Flats, has been a partner in the redevelopment by owner Grasso Holdings of East Falls' > more

Taking Over Area's Largest Preservation Organization, Paul Steinke Vows

Taking Over Area’s Largest Preservation Organization, Paul Steinke Vows “A True Alliance”

June 10, 2016  |  Vantage

Hidden City's editorial team sits down with Paul Steinke who officially took the helm of the Preservation Alliance For Greater Philadelphia this week > more

The Generations Collide On Fabric Row

The Generations Collide On Fabric Row

June 3, 2016  |  Vantage

Theresa Stigale continues her series exploring Philadelphia’s commercial corridors with this profile on the recent reimagining of 4th Street's Fabric Row > more

In South Philadelphia, A Truly Wholesale Demolition

In South Philadelphia, A Truly Wholesale Demolition

May 31, 2016  |  Vantage

For some 60 years, a low-slung, one-story building in South Philadelphia's industrial nether regions kept the city's restaurants and stores in the fresh fish; now it's coming down. Sansom Street Oyster House founder David Mink reflects on the Philadelphia Wholesale Seafood Market's early morning hustle and bustle > more

In Kingsessing, A Colonial Cottage Keeps History In Place

In Kingsessing, A Colonial Cottage Keeps History In Place

May 27, 2016  |  Vantage

Just off of Woodland Avenue among a block of crumbling rows stands a small, stone farmhouse that has miraculously withstood time and tide for over 250 years. Contributor Ann de Forest has the story behind the tiny colonial cottage on Vogdes Street > more

Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Survey of Fishtown's New Construction

Good, Bad, and Ugly: A Survey of Fishtown’s New Construction

May 20, 2016  |  Vantage

As Fishtown struggles to keep up with its growing reknown, developers have likewise tried to keep up with housing demand. Frankford Avenue alone looks drastically different than it did just five years ago, and on streets big and small throughout the neighborhood, new homes have sprouted like weeds. With the fourth and final installment of Fishtown Week, we survey the new housing that has grown—and continues to grow—the neighborhood > more

Fishtown Adaptation

Fishtown Adaptation

May 19, 2016  |  Vantage

While demolitions have been plenty and new constructions have been many, Fishtown has an all-star list of old buildings breathing invigorated new life. Day 3 of Fishtown Week looks at the neighborhood's best examples of adaptive reuse > more

Historic Fishtown, Tier 2

Historic Fishtown, Tier 2

May 18, 2016  |  Vantage

Despite its colonial origins and an abundance of buildings dating to the 1800s, Fishtown has little protected by way of historic designation. Part 2 of Fishtown Week looks at historic buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, some of which are on the National Register > more

Defining

Defining “Historic Fishtown”

May 17, 2016  |  Vantage

With no end in sight to the real estate boom transforming neighborhoods across Philadelphia, perhaps no single neighborhood represents the recurring conflicts between development and historic preservation than Fishtown. Brad Maule launches a four-part series on the topic with this profile of the neighborhood's properties on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places > more

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The

In This Month Of Jane Jacobs, A Look At The “Philadelphia School” That Inspired & Frustrated Her

May 11, 2016  |  Vantage

A new exhibit on Philadelphia designers has Nathaniel Popkin thinking about the deep and sometimes frayed connections between them and Jane Jacobs, whose centennial is celebrated with two new books > more

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

Testing The Gentrification Narrative At Temple University

May 4, 2016  |  Vantage

Development and displacement go hand-in-hand, but every situation is unique and gentrification isn't always an entirely accurate assessment. Contributor David Hilbert takes a look at the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Temple University where new construction for student housing is putting pressure on long time residents > more

Reassessing Horace Trumbauer

Reassessing Horace Trumbauer

April 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Architect Horace Trumbauer left an indelible mark on the city's landscape, yet even today he remains largely underrated. Karen Chernick talks with Bruce Laverty, curator of architecture at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, about the man behind some of Philadelphia's most iconic architecture > more

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia's Borders One Step At A Time

I Walked the Line: Exploring Philadelphia’s Borders One Step At A Time

April 18, 2016  |  Vantage

Writer and Hidden City contributor Ann de Forest traversed the city's perimeter over five and a half days looking for life between Philadelphia's boundaries. Here's her account of what she found > more

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of

John Gallery Discusses The Latest Edition Of “Philadelphia Architecture”

April 13, 2016  |  Vantage

The longtime leader in community development and preservation talks about the latest edition of his Philadelphia architectural guide with Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin > more

On Rebuilding Lancaster Ave, Restaurant Serves Up Recipe For Equity

On Rebuilding Lancaster Ave, Restaurant Serves Up Recipe For Equity

April 6, 2016  |  Vantage

EAT Café on Lancaster Avenue to bring community engagement and an equitable dining experience to West Philadelphia. Tyler Horst has the story > more

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

Sizing Up Schuylkill Yards

March 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Drexel University unveiled the next phase of their Innovation Neighborhood earlier this month with the announcement of Schuylkill Yards. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes a look at plans for the ambitious new district with an eye on feasibility and design > more

Learning From The Piazza At Broad & Washington

Learning From The Piazza At Broad & Washington

March 23, 2016  |  Vantage

In defending his plans for developing the northeast corner of Broad & Washington with a tower-and-elevated-village scheme, Bart Blatstein has pointed to The Piazza at Schmidt's as a successful model. Kim Bernardin considers whether following that model is a good idea > more

The Blum Come Down

The Blum Come Down

March 21, 2016  |  Vantage

Saturday's implosion of seventeen buildings, including two towers, marked the ceremonious end of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Norman Blumberg Apartments. Brad Maule's photo essay takes us through its final moments > more

Photographer Captures The Evolution Of Ruins With <em>4 Years/40 Walls</em>

Photographer Captures The Evolution Of Ruins With 4 Years/40 Walls

March 17, 2016  |  Vantage

At the abandoned Spring Garden School No.1, vacant classrooms shape shift into kinetic, visual organisms. Photographer and longtime urban explorer John Bendel records the process with his series 4 Years/40 Walls > more

Still Advancing The Goals Of The

Still Advancing The Goals Of The “New Century”

March 11, 2016  |  Vantage

New Century Trust, a 130-year old women’s non-profit, still carries the torch for women's economic, educational, and social improvement inside their original headquarters on Locust Street. In celebration of Women's History Month, contributor Karen Chernick has this profile on the groundbreaking organization and their late 19th century townhouse > 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

The National Parks: America's Best In Show

The National Parks: America’s Best In Show

March 7, 2016  |  Vantage

To celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the Philadelphia Flower Show—its 188th—brings the country's greatest natural treasures together under one roof. Park enthusiast Brad Maule laces up his boots and hits the Flower Show trail > more

At 7th And Spring Garden, Confronting The Racism Of Poe

At 7th And Spring Garden, Confronting The Racism Of Poe

March 2, 2016  |  Vantage

Edgar Allen Poe's time in Philadelphia will forever be enshrined in masterful gothic tales and bouts of boozy mania. But the author's reputation as an anti-abolitionist? Contributor Max Marin visits Poe's old stomping grounds where his racist views casts a complicated shadow on the wall of a public housing apartment complex > more

Dubble Bubble & Baseball Cards: Philadelphia's Fleer Legacy

Dubble Bubble & Baseball Cards: Philadelphia’s Fleer Legacy

February 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training, a welcome harbinger of warmer days and a sober reminder of the Phillies' rebuilding. Brad Maule gets into the baseball spirit and profiles Fleer, the bubble gum and baseball card company that called Philly home until 1996 > more

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

Flexible Flyer Factory Glides Into Obscurity

February 8, 2016  |  Vantage

If it wasn't for Philadelphia and the S.L. Allen & Co. the mortality rate of snow sledders at the turn of the century would have been much higher. The farming implement maker introduced steering to sleds in 1900 with their popular Flexible Flyer, taking winter recreation by storm. New contributor Robert Masciantonio has the backstory and takes us inside the old manufacturing plant in Fairhill > more

Naming The Nameless On Lincoln Drive

Naming The Nameless On Lincoln Drive

February 5, 2016  |  Vantage

An eye-catching installation of t-shirts on Lincoln Drive aims to give a name to each of the victims of the city's gun violence. Brad Maule visits the historic Unitarian Society of Germantown and soaks in a heavy and cathartic experience > more

Breaking Through Historic Preservation's Color Line

Breaking Through Historic Preservation’s Color Line

February 4, 2016  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Diversity in preservation is a tricky thing. When cultural history speaks more for a building than architecture merit ears often go deaf. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler sits down with All That Philly Jazz director Faye Anderson to discuss landmarking the former home of Malcolm X and the precarious nature of protecting Philadelphia's built African-American heritage > more

Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

January 29, 2016  |  Vantage

Artist Zoe Cohen explores the loss of sacred places and the incidental conservation of neighborhood synagogues by African American church congregations in her multimedia series, Shul / Church Project. An exhibition of her work opens at the Abington Arts Center on February 5th > more

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

January 27, 2016  |  Vantage

There's nothing quite like the silent magic of the city during a full-on blizzard, is there? Daily co-editor Brad Maule spent most of this past weekend outside—half in Mt. Airy and Germantown, half in the Wissahickon—and came away with a slight yearning for Center City. Bring your snow shoes along for this photo essay > more

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

January 25, 2016  |  Vantage

With little consideration or consternation, the last remaining facility of Philadelphia's own Whitman's Chocolates has been approved for demolition. Contributor Oscar Beisert has the history of the famous confectioner's production site at 5th and Race and the details on how buildings protected in historic districts can sometimes be hastily brushed aside > more

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

January 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Historian Thomas Rzeznik unpacks the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's recent edict to oppose any attempts to place Catholic buildings on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Who will win this proxy battle? > more

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

January 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Design-wise, plans for the Boyd Theater site at 1900 Chestnut Street has been doomed from the get-go. Pearl Properties' first architect for the project, Eimer Architects, couldn't deliver a quality blueprint to match the prime Center City site. Enter Cecil Baker + Partners. With thoughtful consideration to neighborhood stakeholders and a mind for smart urbanism, Baker's redesign sets plans for the the site right. Contributor Stephen Stofka has this Q&A with the architect who picked up the pieces and saved the project from a deadlock > more

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

Before The Millennials: On The Move With Young Philadelphians Mid-Century

January 11, 2016  |  Vantage

Urban life-loving millennials are at least partially responsible for the growth of Greater Center City, and a good dozen other neighborhoods around the city. With this in mind, David Hilbert looks at Philadelphia's young adults circa 1950-1970, during suburbanization. Where did they live and why? > more

Crane City 2016

Crane City 2016

January 6, 2016  |  Vantage

But where one building comes down, another must go up. At least it seems that way in the Philadelphia of today. Brad Maule turns that demolition frown upside down with this rundown of all the cranes building a new skyline > more

Lost Buildings Of 2015

Lost Buildings Of 2015

January 4, 2016  |  Vantage

As Philadelphia heads into a wide open year with a new administration at the helm of the city, Hidden City takes one last look at 2015. Our fifth annual Lost Buildings list is presented here by Daily co-editor Brad Maule > more

Public Clocks Still Keeping Time On Philly’s Streets (At Least Twice A Day)

Public Clocks Still Keeping Time On Philly’s Streets (At Least Twice A Day)

December 18, 2015  |  Vantage

Has there ever been a comprehensive study of Philadelphia's exterior clocks? Well there is now. Steve Weinik combs the city for his Philly Analog series > more

Unearthing A Lost Temple

Unearthing A Lost Temple

December 16, 2015  |  Vantage

Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney came out recently against Temple University's wishes to build a stadium on-campus in North Philadelphia. The team has rented a field from the Philadelphia Eagles for nearly 40 years—after having one of its own for 50, which it demolished in the late 1990s. Mike Szilagyi revisits the late Temple Stadium > more

Navy Yard: Contemporary Architecture, But Will It Add Up? (Part II)

Navy Yard: Contemporary Architecture, But Will It Add Up? (Part II)

December 9, 2015  |  Vantage

What's been built, what's in the works, and what's on the boards. Contributor Jason Lempieri sizes up new corporate architecture at the Navy Yard > more

The Navy Yard: An Office Worker’s Paradise, Part I

The Navy Yard: An Office Worker’s Paradise, Part I

December 8, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

Architecture professor and designer Jason Lempieri takes a look at the future of the Navy Yards with a critique in two parts. This first installment explores the dynamic, growing office park that emanates residential potential and begs for urban definition > more

Almost 150 Years Later, A Small Miracle At City Hall

Almost 150 Years Later, A Small Miracle At City Hall

December 3, 2015  |  Vantage

Dirty chain link fencing be gone. City Hall's four portals are finally fitted with the caliber of gates John McArthur, Jr. originally intended for his French Second Empire masterpiece. Co-editor Nathaniel Popkin says the elegant gesture is long overdue > more

Philly Schools Offer Lessons in Architecture. Can We Pass the Preservation Test?

Philly Schools Offer Lessons in Architecture. Can We Pass the Preservation Test?

December 2, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's public school stock is an incredible melange of architectural styles and eras. With only four schools legally protected by the local historical register, not much stands in the way of developers opting for demolition over reuse. Contributor Ben Leech raises a red flag with this call for a reexamination of district policy and a citywide preservation intervention > more

Four Years Of Hidden City Daily

Four Years Of Hidden City Daily

November 30, 2015  |  Vantage

As the Hidden City Daily enters its 4th year of publishing we look back at the past twelve months with a curated list of our top 15 stories > more

Available: Life In The Log Cabin At Stenton

Available: Life In The Log Cabin At Stenton

November 20, 2015  |  Vantage

What's life like living in an 18th century log cabin in Germantown? Karen Chernick talks with the former caretakers of Stenton, who cared for the colonial grounds of James Logan's historic summer home for over a decade > more

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In “Verdant Temple,” A Unifying Vision For A Disjointed Campus

November 13, 2015  |  Vantage

Temple University's ambitious redesign plan aims to transform their disjointed main campus with accessibility, connectivity, identity, and open, public green space. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes an in-depth look at the Verdant Temple Master Plan > more

In Kensington, Immigrants Spark A Philly Soccer Revival

In Kensington, Immigrants Spark A Philly Soccer Revival

October 21, 2015  |  Vantage

The city is full of youth athletic programs, but you'd be hard pressed to find one more diverse than the Kensington Soccer Club. The organization was created to provide instruction and outreach to children of the area's growing immigrant population. Nic Esposito caught up with the club's founders to discuss an observable shift in the neighborhood's cultural dynamic through the lens of their sports program > more

Of Monsters And Men: Philadelphia's Rockwells

Of Monsters And Men: Philadelphia’s Rockwells

October 14, 2015  |  Vantage

Philadelphia's Curtis Publishing Company made Norman Rockwell a household name, as the quintessential Americana painter contributed 323 covers to the Saturday Evening Post. But it's his son Peter, who studied at Haverford and PAFA, who's given Philly three of its odder sculptures > more

Interior Designer Digs Deep With Delancey Place Restoration

Interior Designer Digs Deep With Delancey Place Restoration

October 9, 2015  |  Vantage

Barbara Eberlein talks architectural archeology, creative rehabilitation, and historic preservation with 21st century sensibilities > more

Talking LOVE, Philly Style

Talking LOVE, Philly Style

October 6, 2015  |  Vantage

One of Philadelphia's greatest contemporary writers, Beth Kephart changed the way we look at place and history in Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. She's back with LOVE: A Philadelphia Affair, a memoir and meditation on this city. Nathaniel Popkin caught up with Kephart for a chance to talk about the ideas behind the book > more

Philly's Flag Obsession, In Two Parts

Philly’s Flag Obsession, In Two Parts

October 2, 2015  |  Vantage

The 1100 block of Rodman Street's 14 year flag project has a strange prequel in the work of another Rodman, the son of John Wanamaker > more

Comparing The City's Handling Of Pope Visits--& Center City Itself--36 Years Apart

Comparing The City’s Handling Of Pope Visits–& Center City Itself–36 Years Apart

September 23, 2015  |  Vantage

Everything is coming up papal. Data junkie Davie Hilbert compares the city's preparations for this weekend's visit from Pope Francis with Pope John Paul II's stay in 1979 and reveals the gradual streamlining of a city > more

Finding Robert Wood: The Long Lost Foundry Of An Iconic Ironworker

Finding Robert Wood: The Long Lost Foundry Of An Iconic Ironworker

September 21, 2015  |  Vantage

Robert Wood's renowned foundry at the corner of Ridge Avenue and 12th Street on Spring Garden Street once produced some of the nation's finest ornamental iron work. The neighborhood is slowly awakening with renewal, yet the revered company's former site remains an empty, blighted lot > more

Neighborhood Nomination: What Building Would You Like To See On The Philadelphia Register Of Historic Places?

Neighborhood Nomination: What Building Would You Like To See On The Philadelphia Register Of Historic Places?

September 18, 2015  |  Developing Challenges, Vantage

As the building boom gains momentum Philadelphia's neighborhoods are losing their defining built history and architectural character. We want you to speak up for the building you care about most and get involved by taking our survey > more

What Drought Hath Wrought

What Drought Hath Wrought

September 17, 2015  |  Vantage

The drought may be over, but many of our street trees look like they are one crispy leaf away from death. Landscape architect Dennis McGlade says fear not and gives an explanation of the situation in his column, Our Blooming City > more