Art Commission OKs 5th Street/Independence Hall Station Redesign

 

Rendering of renovated platform of 5th Street Station, approved last week by the Art Commission | Converse Winkler Architecture

Rendering of renovated platform of 5th Street Station, approved last week by the Art Commission | Converse Winkler Architecture

  • The Philadelphia Art Commission approved last week the conceptual designs of a revamped 5th Street/Independence Hall Station, its first reconsideration since the Bicentennial. Plan Philly’s Ashley Hahn takes us through Converse Winkler Architecture’s renderings, which show a straightforward design, with corridors and platforms “clad in dark red and white subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern,” that resists the urge to preview the historical mecca above. Plans to expand last year’s pilot program of digital displays installed on the entrances of 10 SEPTA stations were rejected, and digital advertising firm Intersection told to return with a more thoughtful vision.
  • Starting next week and running through the Democratic National Convention, an additional 110 beds will be available for the estimated 700 homeless that sleep on city street each night, this thanks to the $61,000 being spent by the Office of Supportive Housing from the City’s budget for the event, reports Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks. OSH Director Liz Hersh stresses that the extra and temporary beds are not meant to sweep the homeless under the proverbial rug while company is here.
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