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?
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
The old Lawsonia furniture factory in Callowhill is being renovated for commercial and residential reuse after 13 years of false starts and vacancy. The Shadow plates up this little slice of industrial heritage on Spring Garden Street > more
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
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