Final Curtain Call At 8th & South

 

“Stage lights and other artifacts from Society Hill Playhouse will be sold at an indoor yard sale on Sunday, March 13.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

“Stage lights and other artifacts from Society Hill Playhouse will be sold at an indoor yard sale on Sunday, March 13.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • WHYY’s Peter Crimmins speaks with Deen Kogan, who after 56 years at the helm of the Society Hill Playhouse, is preparing for her theater’s final performance this weekend before it is demolished next month to make way for condos. “The fiscal challenges are heavier,” says Kogan, explaining her decision last year to accept the Toll Brothers’ offer. “This is not a social theater. I never went for a law firm to underwrite the play. Getting funding is much harder. I’ve reached the point where I don’t want to bother.”
  • Bart Blatstein is determined to bring the South of France to South Broad. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey covers yesterday’s Civic Design Review Committee meeting, in which the developer defended his vision for a Provençal retail village against the ultimately inconsequential criticisms of the board. He insists that word of mouth (and tweet) will compensate for the rooftop market’s decided lack of interaction with passersby on South Broad and Washington Avenue.
  • As expected, Drexel University has decided upon Brandywine Realty Trust as the master developer for its planned 10-acre Innovation Neighborhood near 30th Street Station, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni. Brandywine is charged with marketing the project to “pioneering organizations and advance America’s next great innovation district.”
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
New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

New Book Claims PAFA As Catalyst For Modern Design

November 21, 2017  |  Walk the Walk

In his new book, "First Modern," historian George E. Thomas asserts that Frank Furness opened the door to Modernism in 1876 with his design of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Joe Brin walks us through the architectural brilliance of the nation's first art school with this review > more

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

After 45 Years, Brandywine Workshop Still Thinking Creatively

November 20, 2017  |  Vantage

It looks quiet, but the old 19th century firehouse at 730 South Broad Street, home of Brandywine Workshop, is buzzing with art and adaptation. Contributor Karen Chernick takes us behind the blue-green doors. > more

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

Cret Exhibition Captures Vibrations Of The City

November 17, 2017  |  Vantage

Illustrator Ben Leech enlivens the dying art of architectural drawing with his exhibition, "Cret Illustrated: Revisiting a Philadelphia Icon in Sketches," at Woodlands Cemetery. Michael Bixler has the preview > more

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering

Task Force Inches Closer To Delivering “State Of Preservation” Report

November 16, 2017  |  News

Mayor Kenney's Historic Preservation Task Force convened today for their fourth official meeting. Starr Herr-Cardillo reports > more

Give $$$, Get a Cool Perk: 2017 Campaign

November 13, 2017  |  Uncategorized

  Now more than ever, independent journalism needs the support of readers like you. DONATE to the Hidden City Daily today and receive something nifty in return. > more

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

Long-Forgotten Furness Building Discovered in Logan

November 13, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow unearths a little-known Frank Furness design at the old Messiah Univeralist Home in North Philly > more