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  • The demolition of the McIlhenny Mansion on Rittenhouse Square will begin soon says Liz Spikol over at Property. A Center City Residents Association newsletter describes Bart Blatstein’s alterations: “The planned replacement is a four story 47 foot high addition. The addition’s roofline will match that of the mansion’s other property, 1914 Rittenhouse Square, erected in 1859 with three stories capped by a one story mansard roof with dormer windows. The façade of 1914 is to remain unchanged.”
  • Philly Living chronicles the history of its own home, the KYW Building at 1619 Walnut Street. Designed by Tilden & Pepper in 1937, the building housed the TV and radio stations until its move to Independence Mall in 1972. “Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s [contemporary] reimagining of the building remains true to its International Style heritage but has lightened it significantly, substituting metal and glass for the black stone and turning the first two floors into a glass-fronted retail showcase.”
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