Royal Theater Facade Will Stay, Everything Else Goes


Royal Theater-Plan Philly

  • The beleagured Royal Theater on South Street is being prepared for redevelopment, says Plan Philly. Carl Dranoff has plans for a mixed use project on the site while maintaining the facade of the historic venue. “The proposed building will be around 50 feet tall, with 45 apartments, 21 parking spaces, and 7,600 square feet of retail space along South.” Neighborhood approval is mostly unanimous for a bill that will give Dranoff the go-ahead, though approval from the Historical Commission, the Planning Commission, and City Council’s Rules Committee must be acquired first.
  • AIA Philadelphia announces the retirement of trailblazing Keast & Hood structural engineer and historic preservationist Carl A. Baumert, Jr., PE. With a career spanning 58 years, Baumert is best known for his structural and restoration work on City Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its Perelman Building, the Union League of Philadelphia, and a number of historic SEPTA rail stations, among many other remarkable projects. His departure leaves pretty hefty shoes to fill. “Carl’s technical proficiency, creativity, and penchant for history have left a lasting impression on the design and construction community in Philadelphia and at large. He probably has more structural knowledge about Philadelphia buildings–especially City Hall–than any other living building professional,” says Keast & Hood’s Principal Dean Doukakis, PE.


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Michael Bixler is a writer, photographer, and managing editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a former arts and entertainment reporter with Mountain Xpress weekly in Asheville, North Carolina and a native of South Carolina. Bixler has a keen interest in adaptive reuse, underappreciated architecture, contemporary literature and art, and forward-thinking dialogue about people and place. Follow him on Instagram

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