Design Review Committee Gives Green Light to Mormon Church High Rise

 

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  • The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron weighs the pros and cons of developer David Blumenfeld’s proposed apartment building over the City Branch submerged railroad and adjacent to the solitary Rodin Museum on the Parkway. On one hand, the basic design “would immediately establish a strong urban presence on Hamilton Street, between 21st and 22d Street.” On the other, it “would drastically alter how we experience [those] two important historic structures,” making the “diminutive Rodin look hemmed in by a giant.” If the project is to move forward, Saffron suggests repositioning the figure-7 shaped building to have it front Hamilton Street.
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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.

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