A Void In The Boyd

 

“The destruction of the historic Boyd Theater has begun on the Sansom Street side.” | Photo: Emily Cohen, for the Inquirer

“The destruction of the historic Boyd Theater has begun on the Sansom Street side.” | Photo: Emily Cohen, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer recounts the “partial” yet “devastating” demolition of the Sansom Street side of the Boyd Theatre over the weekend. Thus ends over a decade of work toward the complete preservation of the 1928 movie palace; the Historical Commission approved last year a hardship exemption, allowing for the demolition of what the permit calls “certain portions of the rear vacant building (former theater).” For advocacy director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia Benjamin Leech, this is no modest “gutting” or “renovation,” as it was described by the developers. “It’s only going to get worse, once they break through into the auditorium,” he said. Adjacent properties 1902 and 1904 Chestnut will be completely demolished.
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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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