Posts Tagged ‘West Philadelphia’

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

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

When Modernism Took A Pew At St. Francis De Sales

June 12, 2015  |  Vantage

St. Francis de Sales church on 47th and Springfield broke from tradition in the late 1960's when former pastor Father John McNamee hired Venturi Scott Brown to re-conceptualize the sanctuary's altar with a dramatic Modern design. The experiment was too radical for most and was taken down within a year. Dan Papa has the background on the controversial project and gives an exclusive look inside the stunning sacred space > more

Mural Arts Reveals Skateable Art In Paine’s Park

Mural Arts Reveals Skateable Art In Paine’s Park

June 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts goes 3D, Fishtowners hope to preserve deconsecrated church, the downside of solar power, and Spruce Hill to part with Ethiopian Gardens > more

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

At The Eleventh Hour, Seeking A New Accord At 40th & Pine

May 14, 2015  |  Soapbox

Could a last-ditch effort at diplomacy between the University of Pennsylvania and the Woodland Terrace Homeowners Association save the John P. Levy House from demolition? Aaron Wunsch says it can and should be done, though it would take a touch more civic stewardship by the university and an even-keeled willingness to compromise by the neighborhood group > more

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

May 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A new prison more and more likely in the Northeast, previewing the Spring Garden Greenway, iconic South Philly Sign taken down for restoration, construction in West Philly, and no renewal for two charter schools > more