A Little South France On North Broad

 

  • Press Release: “The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy to John Gallery of Philadelphia, the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.  Mr. Gallery is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Washington.”
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



3 Comments


  1. I knew this was coming – but yeesh. I am ashamed if we let something like be built in our city. It lacks imagination and will be an eyesore for years to come. Think of Biff’s Pleasure Palace in Back to the Future II

    Do we really want a casino to step over Callowhill? This will block corridor views from the viaduct to the barnes….think about the awful experience of on 9th or 10th north of market…the gallery building jumps over the block in the same manner. It kills views northward and created creepy dark places where we should actually be building gateways into our city.

    The broad street exit off of 676 is also a gateway to our city. It is currently a no mans land. The city should insist as part of the development that the casino redesign the clover leaf block and cap 676 in this area. There must be strong pedestrian connects north-south in this area.

    Someone must stand up and yell – this is an atrocity…this block could have the potential to be Philadelphia 6th square. The way our city is shaped happens now – in the present. Lets not repeat our mistakes and build awkward buildings and meaningless open space that add zero benefit to our urban realm.

  2. Are there any rendings of the building from any direction other than head on? I am wondering how the submerged viaduct will play into this, as the submerged portion directly abuts this site. I know the HiddenCity articles on the submerged viaduct drew a record amount of responses, I hope there can be a followup now that Blatstein is proposing this site. Will he close of the viaduct for underground parking? Will this development be an opportunity to develop the submerged viaduct (for BRT, Rail, or Park), or will this effectively cut off any hope of developing the viaduct?

  3. 5 Star Work!

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
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

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

November 13, 2017  |  Uncategorized

  Now more than ever, independent journalism needs the support of readers like you. DONATE to the Hidden City Daily today and receive something nifty in return. > 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