Architecture

The Tastiest Morsel Of Season City

On the sleepy 200 block of North 13th Street the former Ballinger Building is steamy with the scent of dim sum and a wide range of former tenants that will send an appetite for adaptive reuse into overdrive. If the building’s Renaissance fa├žade doesn’t whet the palette, its history of notable 20th century construction companies, sexploitation films, and enterprising architectural firms will. The Shadow dishes out this multicourse meal from the outer edges of Center City

Development

Lost Potential: Banking On A Better Future For PSFS Building

The former Philadelphia Savings Fund Society headquarters on Washington Square has had a hard time keeping occupants inside its grand banking floor since the parent financial institution sold the building in 1988. High end restaurants have come and gone, leaving the space vulnerable to uninspired reuse, like its current iteration as an urgent care medical facility, Jefferson at Washington Square. The Shadow thinks the hospital cashed the neighborhood’s check by squandering the building’s potential and freezing the block with cold commerce