Saffron Reviews The Block of Mormon

 

The Celestial Room of Philadelphia's Mormon Temple | Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

The Celestial Room of Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple | Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  • Logan Square’s Mormon Temple gets Inga Saffron’s vote of approval. It is the “real classical deal,” a fitting neighbor to the the former Family Court building (1941) next door, which she calls “the last truly satisfying neoclassical design in Philadelphia.” Like the religion whose sacraments it will host upon its formal dedication in September, the structure is at once ancient and American, employing “a rich classical vocabulary that includes Corinthian columns, pilasters, and window pediments” chiseled from New England granite.
  • The Franklin Institute reached a deal with the City yesterday that will allow the digital conversion of its signage at 20th Street & the Parkway, reports the Business Journal’s Kenneth Hilario. Restrictions were granted on the intensity of the signs’ illumination, as well as the frequency, schedule, and content of its messaging.
  • Former Vermont governor and DNC chair Howard Dean lauded Philadelphia’s walkability during an interview with the Television Critics Association on Friday, says Daily News television critic Ellen Gray. “I got my 10,000 steps in and I didn’t have to go to the gym,” said Dean, having realized that the Broad Street Line was in fact the most efficient means of traveling from Center City to the Sports Complex.
  • Philadelphia Business Journal relates the local hospital rankings from the U.S. News & World Report’s annual report on the subject. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Presbyterian Medical Center ranked ninth nationally across all metrics. Other honorable mentions (in specific areas) include: Jefferson and Wills Eye Hospital (2nd in ophthalmology), the Rotham Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (7th in orthopedics), and Fox Chase Cancer Center (26th in cancer care and 39th in ear, nose, and throat).
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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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