Posts Tagged ‘Shadow Knows’

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan's Wake

Before The Bro Bar: Unboxing The Former Home Of Finnegan’s Wake

March 30, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Finnegan's Wake, the infamous Irish pub at 2nd and Spring Garden, closed its doors last summer after a contract for selling the building fell through. The former box and casket factory now sits vacant and off the market. The Shadow saddles up to the bar to give us the building's industrious background > more

Late Victorian Charm In The Heart Of Chinatown

Late Victorian Charm In The Heart Of Chinatown

March 16, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Philadelphia's thriving Chinatown has created its own protective, economic shield, barring outside developers hungry to gobble up the neighborhood with new construction. Incidentally, historic buildings in the area are often safeguarded and preserved through consistent adaptive reuse. The Shadow gives us an example of this encouraging phenomenon with the story behind 941 Race Street > more

The Toughest Little Hut In Logan Square

The Toughest Little Hut In Logan Square

March 2, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Development of the lot at 20th and Arch has been cursed since the Kahn Building was demolished in 1929, only 8 years after its construction. Ironically, an easy to miss, colorful little Gulf Oil station has survived at the spot for 85 years--long enough to be placed on the Philadelphia Register. The Shadow serves up a big slice of history on this heartening little hut > more

Of Junk Mail And Murder: The Busy Life Of The Miles Building

Of Junk Mail And Murder: The Busy Life Of The Miles Building

February 16, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

The Miles Building has worn more hats than a coat rack in its 115 years on 11th Street. The Shadow peels back the stately facade of this industrial hold out in Washington Square West and the view is full of commerce and scandal > more

No Postage Necessary At Station D

No Postage Necessary At Station D

February 2, 2015  |  The Shadow Knows

Station D, once a bustling mail carrier hub for Southwest Philadelphia's growing 19th century manufacturing district, now spends its days as condominiums. The Shadow sends us down the pneumatic tubes of this former postal office on Christian Street > more