Posts Tagged ‘Adaptive Reuse’

Marked Potential: Police Administration Building

Marked Potential: Police Administration Building

July 27, 2015  |  Marked Potential

The Police Administration Building at 700 Race Street is one of the city's more distinctive municipal buildings. Its commanding concrete curvature and grid of windows give the Roundhouse unmistakable flair. With her next Marked Potential, Shila Griffith give this mid-century gem a civic-minded makeover and puts it at the disposal of the community > more

The House That Whist Built

The House That Whist Built

July 20, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

West Philadelphia is full of eccentric architectural history and the corner of 41st and Irving only adds more layers. The Late Victorian home at 247 South 41st Street was built by Philadelphia's elite in the late 1800s for a clubhouse to worship and play the plain-trick playing card game, Whist, a precursor to Bridge. The Shadow deals the first hand to tell the story of this long forgotten gaming den > more

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

July 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Kenney on the need for mandatory construction-site crosswalks, Philly likely to become World Heritage City, new amenities for South Philly public space, and vacant warehouse becomes storage facility > more

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