Subway Complex Beneath City Hall To Be Renovated By 2020

 

“The corridor under City Hall leading to the 87-year-old Broad Street Line station.” | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

The 87-year-old Broad Street Line’s City Hall Station awaits its make over  | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for The Inquirer

  • SEPTA is still over a year away from beginning the long overdue $150 million renovation of the 15th Street-City Hall subway complex, reports The Inquirer. Robert L. Lund Jr., SEPTA assistant general manager of engineering, maintenance, and construction, announced yesterday that by 2020 the complex will be made completely accessible; 13 elevators will be added, and its steps and bottlenecks eliminated. Much the project’s expense and delay has to do with the innate engineering challenges of reconfigured the City Hall station, which Lund reminds us is the heaviest masonry building in the world. In the meanwhile, the transit agency will keep up appearances for the added thousands of Catholics (and possibly Democratic National Convention attendees) who will use the stations later this year for the Pope visit.
  • Uwishunu discusses the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s forthcoming marquee summer exhibit, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting. Around 85 selections from Monet, Renoir, Manet, Sisley, Degas, and Pissarro will be on display to illuminate how the keen eye of one Frenchman propagated the now celebrated style. This will be the third and final international showing for this collection, all of whose titles reflect a slightly different consideration for the subject. The curation of the collection’s exhibition in Paris’ (finishing up next Sunday) focuses on Durand-Ruel’s pari (“gamble”) on the new painting style, while London’s showing (March 4-May 31) affirms that the collector “invented” the style. Discovering the Impressionists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will run from June 24 through September 13.
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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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