Observation Deck Planned For One Liberty Place

 

Photo: Peter Van Allen, for Philadelphia Business Journal

Photo: Peter Van Allen, for the Philadelphia Business Journal

  • The Passyunk Post looks at the reuse plans for the 340,000-square-feet of the shuttered Bok Technical School, whose sale to Scout Ltd. LLC was approved Thursday. This will be Scout chief Lindsey Scannapieco’s–daughter of luxury developer Tom Scannapieco– first development  project; she envisions a multi-phase venture that promises “immediate activation” of the site through artistic intervention, followed by “live-work residences, art studios, ground-floor retail” and possibly a “rooftop cinema and outdoor beer terraces.”
  • “It takes a good eye to pick the treasures out of the crowd,” opines the Inquirer’s Saffron, as she begins a new bi-monthly column enjoining her readers to “take a look” at some of Philadelphia’s unsuspecting architectural details. Pietro Belluschi’s 1964 office building on Independence Mall, which our Bradley Maule wrote about in May, stands as her first muse. “We tend to look for architectural pizzazz at the top, but Belluschi concentrates it in the base of the blocky, nine-story horizontal office building. The passageway alone evokes the aura of an ancient tabernacle.”
  • NewsWorks anticipates next month’s meeting in Philadelphia and Camden of the Urban History Association, which will bring over 400 historians to tour the cities’ varying efforts to combat postindustrial decline. The four-day gathering (October 9-12) will conjure the thoughts of our future retrospection as a city resetting its trajectory. “What are the immediate and long-range effects of [incentivized] development? And how can such efforts prove sustainable in the effort to return our cities to the magnets for building wealth they have been historically.”
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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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  1. They really need a French company to run an observation deck!

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