Edward Bok, South Philly’s “Living Room,” A Go

 

Bok auditorium | Photo: Katrina Ohstrom

The auditorium at Edward W. Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia. Redevelopment plans for the building’s 340,000 square feet will be undertaken in phases | Photo: Katrina Ohstrom

  • Lindsey Scannapieco’s Scout Ltd. closed on South Philly’s shuttered Edward W. Bok Technical High School on Tuesday for $1.75 million, reports PlanPhilly. Scannapieco says her firm will preserve a bit of the former vocational school’s ethos, while honoring the building’s namesake, the originator of the term “living room”. The building, comprising an entire city block, is expected to be reactivated in stages. (For an exclusive look inside the school see Katrina Ohstrom’s 2013 photo essay for Hidden City Daily HERE.)
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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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