Restoring The Hale Building — Patina And All

 

A March, 2012 interior shot of Willis G. Hale's decaying 1887 eponynous building at Juniper & Chestnut Streets | Photo: Michael Burlando

A March, 2012 interior shot of Willis G. Hale’s decaying 1887 eponymous building at Juniper & Chestnut Streets | Photo: Michael Burlando

  • Brickstone will soon start restoration work on the iconic Hale Building at Juniper & Chestnut Streets following the Historical Commission’s approval of the project last week. Property’s James Jennings shares the latest renderings from JKRP Architects, which retain much to Willis G. Hale’s 1887 vision (See our history on the Hale Building HERE). The major design changes to the exterior will be the building’s two-story Chestnut Street entrance piece, its sixth iteration so far. The redesign carries on the tradition of treating the Chestnut Street entryway as an exemplar of the contemporary architectural mood. Plans to remodel the Hale for a hotel has been tabled. Instead, the Hale will house creative office space from the 3rd to the 4th floor, a multi-story restaurant fronting Chestnut, a café front on Sansom, and a roofdeck topping it off. (To get a sense of what is to be lost once Brickstone cleans the floor plans, see Michael Burlando’s March 2012 photo essay for Hidden City Daily.) The developers are also considering showcasing the Gothic ornamentation on the Juniper Street façade with lights similar to their illumination of the Lit Bros. building on East Market.
  • CBS Philly tells us that the Bethel Burying Ground under the Weccacoe Playground has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The news of the 19 century African American burial ground’s designation comes as Mayor Jim Kenney helped arbitrate yesterday between community members and stakeholders. Retention and renovation to the playground have been approved as long as the soil directly above the remains of the estimated 5,000 buried there is not disturbed.
  • Like the Mormons, Philadelphia’s Buddhists are getting in on the residential development game, reports Naked Philly. At 1232 Ridge Avenue, the Kuan-Yin Buddhist Association of Philadelphia, a Vietnamese Mahayana congregation operating across the street, will add two stories to an old warehouse, providing enough room for 24-units and one ground-floor retail space.
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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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  1. Queen Lane =/= Queen Village. I think you’re mixing Germantown’s potter’s field with Queen Village’s.

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