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Theresa Stigale

Theresa Stigale was born and raised in Southwest Philly. She earned a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1983. Theresa is a photographer as well as a licensed Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, developer and instructor. In the past ten years, she has documented the loft conversion projects that she and her partners have completed in Philadelphia, from stately old abandoned warehouses covered with graffiti to vintage factories, some still active with manufacturing. Visit her web site at E-mail her at: theresa[at]mgrealestate[dot]com

The Real Bookbinder's Revival

The Real Bookbinder’s Revival

October 24, 2013  |  Makin' It

In South Philly, a modern bookbinder updates an old craft with the help of vintage machines. Theresa Stigale has the story and photos from Bella Forte Books > more

In The Heart Of Gold

In The Heart Of Gold

August 20, 2013  |  Vantage

Along North Fifth Street, el corazón beats loudly and proudly. Theresa Stigale's latest commercial corridor essay profiles El Centro de Oro, "the center of gold" in North Philadelphia > more

After 25 Years, South Kensington's

After 25 Years, South Kensington’s “Little Farm” Grows Again

June 5, 2013  |  Vantage

Across the street from one of Kensington's biggest eyesores is one of its greatest little treasures: "The Little Farm." Theresa Stigale writes that La Finquita has held down the corner of Fourth and Master for 25 years, growing fresh produce—and growing the community > more

Remembering Buck, One Year Later

Remembering Buck, One Year Later

April 9, 2013  |  Last Light

After a year of coping with the loss of the Buck Hosiery mill and two firefighters who died trying to put out the fire that brought it down, the city's would was ripped open again over the weekend in Fabric Row. Theresa Stigale remembers Buck with these photos taken in that fire's cleanup > more

All Smiles On Woodland Avenue

All Smiles On Woodland Avenue

April 5, 2013  |  Vantage

Native daughter Theresa Stigale returns to "The Ave" to find most of the old shops gone, but a new diversity and vitality in its place. She talks to the optimistic shopkeepers about the life of one of Philadelphia's great shopping streets > more