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.”
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