Theater Company Moving To The Drake

 

The Drake, 1512 Spruce Street | Flying Kite

The Drake at 1512 Spruce Street | Photo: Flying Kite

  • Today is primary day, the day Philadelphia will potentially choose its 125th mayor. If you are not sure where your polling place is located, check HERE. 
  • InterAct Theatre Company takes Flying Kite on a pre-renovation tour of its next home, The Drake at 1512 Spruce Street, in which the company has tapped Center City firm Metcalfe Architecture & Design (MA&D) to design a hub for thespians. There will be two stages, each with its own lobby space. Built in 1929, the rehab design goal for the spaces will be informed by a raw aesthetic, exposing both concrete and brick-and-pipework. “When we came into the space, explains principal Alan Metcalfe, “everything was covered up, and we were gleefully pushing at ceiling panels, looking to see what was up there. The world of theater and urban design has changed so much, from ‘cover it all up and make it look like everything else’ to ‘let the character show.’”
  • With full City Council set to decide this week on whether or not to allow the City to purchase 54-acres of land on which to replace the antiquated House of Corrections, The Inquirer asks mayoral candidates their position on the issue. Jim Kenney and Anthony Hardy Williams say the schools crisis ought to take budgetary priority, while former District Attorney Lynne Abraham is more sympathetic, saying a modern facility would provide an “environment more conducive to today’s correctional philosophy.”
  • The first Fit City PHL symposium will be hosted by the Public Health Management Corporation tomorrow at Centre Square East. A release describes the event as an opportunity for “architects, planners, designers, developers and public health professionals” to “learn how they can work together to influence building design and policy decisions in order to positively impact the negative health trends facing the region, particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.”
About the author

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.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Nation's Largest AIDS Wellness Center On The Verge Of Closing

Nation’s Largest AIDS Wellness Center On The Verge Of Closing

April 23, 2019  |  News

Siloam Wellness Center has been used as a model for HIV/AIDS wellness centers across the country since it opened 24 years ago. But its future, and its funding, hangs in the balance. Ali Roseberry-Polier has the story > more

As Philadelphia Celebrates Its Growth, A Call To Be More Inclusive

As Philadelphia Celebrates Its Growth, A Call To Be More Inclusive

April 19, 2019  |  News

Last week Pew Charitable Trusts released its 2019 State of the City report. The study shows a stark divide between Philadelphia's economic growth and disparity. Kimberly Haas has the details > more

Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

Historic Designation Committee To Consider West Philly District, Institute For Colored Youth, And Churches

April 16, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has the details on local register nominations up for consideration at the April meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

For Callowhill Neighborhood, Whose BIDing Will Be Done?

April 12, 2019  |  News

Longtime Callowhill residents and real estate developers clash over the creation of a Business Improvement District as the neighborhood begins to transition. Kimberly Haas has the story > more

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

Public Space Rises From The Stacks At Parkway Central

April 10, 2019  |  News

Michael Bixler has this preview of the three new public spaces opening on Friday at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central branch > more

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon's Shoes

Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon’s Shoes

April 5, 2019  |  News

Fisher Fine Arts Library at Penn is digitalizing a treasure trove of slides from the personal collection of Philly city planner extraordinaire Edmund Bacon and they need your help. Michael Bixler has the details > more