Posts Tagged ‘industrial history’

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

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

Salvaging The City's Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

Salvaging The City’s Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

June 15, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Brock Building on Delaware Avenue was thought to be the oldest known surviving cast iron building in the nation until its demolition in the late 1970s. Located where the 252-unit residential project, One Water Street, is currently being built, arches and elements of the structure's historic façade were salvaged by two local architects, much of which now belongs to the Smithsonian. Harry K. gets heavy with this story of safe keeping and the city's 19th century cast iron craze > 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 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