Out Now! Philadelphia: Finding The Hidden City

Out Now! Philadelphia: Finding The Hidden City

November 3, 2017  |  Buzz

Hidden City Daily co-founders Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall and Hidden City Festival photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott launch their book Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City > more

Six Great Places To Be During Parkway 100 Kick Off Party

Six Great Places To Be During Parkway 100 Kick Off Party

September 7, 2017  |  Buzz

Parkway 100 kicks off a year-long celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Friday. Here are our picks for the event > more

Fierce & Fashionable: Philadelphia Female Labor Fighters Of The 20s & 30s

Fierce & Fashionable: Philadelphia Female Labor Fighters Of The 20s & 30s

September 5, 2017  |  Buzz

New book examines Kensington's radical hosiery workers and women in the labor movement from the Jazz Age to the New Deal. Nathaniel Popkin has the review > more

In

In “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture,” The City Is A Muse

August 11, 2017  |  Buzz

Groundbreaking exhibit of the work of Louis Kahn brings his ideas to life, says Nathaniel Popkin > more

A Sneak Peek At <em>Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies</em>

A Sneak Peek At Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

August 8, 2017  |  Buzz

Michael Bixler has this behind-the scenes look at Cai Guo-Qiang's interactive dreamscape, "Fireflies." The Chinese artist will debut his mobile art project on September 14 in celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's centennial > more

The National? It's About To Reappear

The National? It’s About To Reappear

June 8, 2017  |  Buzz

The façade of the historic National Restaurant Supply Company building in Old City will be rebuilt as part of a 192-unit mixed-use development in Old City. Groundbreaking tomorrow > more

Gehry, PMA Break Ground On Major Renovation

Gehry, PMA Break Ground On Major Renovation

March 30, 2017  |  Buzz

The $196 million "Core Project" to renovate key areas of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and create nearly 100,000 square feet of new space began this morning with an official ceremony > more

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

New Exhibition Gives Movement To The Philadelphia School

March 17, 2017  |  Buzz

Two fans of Modernism re-evaluate architectural history with the exhibition, "What Was the Philadelphia School?" > more

Ode To Old Philadelphia

Ode To Old Philadelphia

March 10, 2017  |  Buzz

Inspired by photographs from Hidden City's 2016 calendar, aging Philadelphians share their thoughts and memories of the city through poetry. Ann de Forest has the backstory > more

Monument Lab Goes Big With 2017 Artist Roster

Monument Lab Goes Big With 2017 Artist Roster

February 1, 2017  |  Buzz

Mural Arts announces a roster of 22 artists and 10 locations for Monument Lab 2017. > more

Peoples Emergency Center Opens Doors To Low Income Artists

Peoples Emergency Center Opens Doors To Low Income Artists

January 25, 2017  |  Buzz

New affordable housing complex opens to low income artists in West Powelton's Promise Zone > more

Toll Bros. Render Grim Future For Historic Properties On Jewelers Row

Toll Bros. Render Grim Future For Historic Properties On Jewelers Row

January 25, 2017  |  Buzz

Toll Brothers renege on façade preservation promise with updated apartment tower proposal for Jewelers Row > more

The Best Seats In The City, Ban Be Damned

The Best Seats In The City, Ban Be Damned

January 16, 2017  |  Buzz

Last week Friends of Rittenhouse Square and PPR announced a ban from sitting on the interior walls of the park. Two days later Mayor Jim Kenney reversed the rule. We take a look at life along the balustrades in these old photos > more

Hidden City Campaign Passes Halfway Point On Way To $30,000

Hidden City Campaign Passes Halfway Point On Way To $30,000

December 8, 2016  |  Buzz

Needed still to reach must-get goal of $30,000: about 180 readers to give $15, $25, $50, $75, or more! > more

On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

On Preserving Bacon’s Neighborhood

November 7, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Thoughts on saving the inauthentic authenticity of Society Hill; water main breaks, again, in East Falls; and Southwark Elementary to hatch dragon schoolyard design > more

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

November 20, 2017  |  Vantage

It looks quiet, but the old 19th century firehouse at 730 South Broad Street, home of Brandywine Workshop, is buzzing with art and adaptation. Contributor Karen Chernick takes us behind the blue-green doors. > more

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

November 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Illustrator Ben Leech enlivens the dying art of architectural drawing with his exhibition, "Cret Illustrated: Revisiting a Philadelphia Icon in Sketches," at Woodlands Cemetery. Michael Bixler has the preview > more

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering “State Of Preservation” Report

November 16, 2017  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today for their fourth official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

November 13, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow unearths a little-known Frank Furness design at the old Messiah Univeralist Home in North Philly > more

Historic Kensington Banks

Historic Kensington Banks “For Sale,” But Not Really

November 10, 2017  |  News

The saga of two historic banks struggling for survival under the EL continues. GroJLart has the update > more

Schuylkill Yards Breaks Ground With Drexel Square

Schuylkill Yards Breaks Ground With Drexel Square

November 8, 2017  |  News

Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust put shovels in the ground at 30th and Market today launching Phase 1 of their $3.5 billion megaproject, Schuylkill Yards. Michael Bixler reports > more

Commission Rejects Protection Of Historic Subway Entrances

Commission Rejects Protection Of Historic Subway Entrances

November 6, 2017  |  Vantage

Eight years after being submitted, a nomination to legally protect Philadelphia's ornate subway entrances with placement on the local register has been denied by the Historical Commission. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

Schuylkill River Swing Bridge Transfer To City Complete

November 1, 2017  |  News

Big step forward for the Schuylkill River Trail. Ownership of the 115-year-old Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Bridge was officially transferred to the City today, paving the way for a long-anticipated extension of the bike and pedestrian trail. GroJLart has the story > more

In Shadow Of

In Shadow Of “Fergie Tower,” Fergie’s Pub Keeps The Pints Coming

October 31, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

When Fergie's opened in the 1994, the city's first contemporary "gastro pub" was born. The Shadow has the backstory on the beloved Philadelphia bar and the 150-year-old carriage house on Sansom Street > more

Jefferson Banks On Medical Design With

Jefferson Banks On Medical Design With “The Vault”

October 26, 2017  |  Last Light

Jefferson University's design lab, The Vault, is as hidden as it gets. Housed in a steel vault within the Old Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the think tank and maker space seeks to bridge the divide between between traditional healthcare and budding technology. Hidden City editor Michael Bixler takes us inside > more

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

October 25, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Did Philly allow one of the oldest dwellings in Pennsylvania to be destroyed in the 1970s? Harry K. has this cautionary tale for a redeveloping city with a poor preservation scorecard and a history of demolition > more

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

Tax Credit Turnabout Triggers Protest At New Aloft Hotel

October 23, 2017  |  News

No restaurant, no jobs, no explanation. Community activist groups want to know why $33 million in Federal and State tax credits and grants were awarded to renovate the Liberty Title Building for new Aloft hotel. GroJLart has the story > more

Willis Hale's Bold Beginnings On The Delaware River

Willis Hale’s Bold Beginnings On The Delaware River

October 20, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The work of Willis G. Hale, the mind behind the much-adored Divine Lorraine and the frankly fussy Hale Building, is enjoying a renaissance as of late. The Victorian architect's penchant for brazen facades can be traced back to a warehouse on the Delaware River, demolished in the 1960s to make way for I-95. The Shadow has the backstory > more

On 40th Street, New Life For A Long-Hidden Furness

On 40th Street, New Life For A Long-Hidden Furness

October 18, 2017  |  Vantage

What's it take to restore this early Furness? Hidden City talks to developer Tom Lussenhop about the tear-down disaster ongoing across the city and his plans for the former West Philadelphia Institute > more