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Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

Artist Explores Pattern Of Synagogue Reuse For African American Churches

January 29, 2016  |  Vantage

Artist Zoe Cohen explores the loss of sacred places and the incidental conservation of neighborhood synagogues by African American church congregations in her multimedia series, Shul / Church Project. An exhibition of her work opens at the Abington Arts Center on February 5th > more

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

Stuck Inside Of Mt. Airy With The Center City Blues

January 27, 2016  |  Vantage

There's nothing quite like the silent magic of the city during a full-on blizzard, is there? Daily co-editor Brad Maule spent most of this past weekend outside—half in Mt. Airy and Germantown, half in the Wissahickon—and came away with a slight yearning for Center City. Bring your snow shoes along for this photo essay > more

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

Whitman’s Chocolates Building Bids A Bittersweet Farewell

January 25, 2016  |  Vantage

With little consideration or consternation, the last remaining facility of Philadelphia's own Whitman's Chocolates has been approved for demolition. Contributor Oscar Beisert has the history of the famous confectioner's production site at 5th and Race and the details on how buildings protected in historic districts can sometimes be hastily brushed aside > more

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

Parish Vs. Archdiocese Vs. Public Good In Catholic Preservation Fight

January 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Historian Thomas Rzeznik unpacks the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's recent edict to oppose any attempts to place Catholic buildings on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Who will win this proxy battle? > more

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

Cecil Baker And The Redemption Of 1900 Chestnut Street

January 15, 2016  |  Vantage

Design-wise, plans for the Boyd Theater site at 1900 Chestnut Street has been doomed from the get-go. Pearl Properties' first architect for the project, Eimer Architects, couldn't deliver a quality blueprint to match the prime Center City site. Enter Cecil Baker + Partners. With thoughtful consideration to neighborhood stakeholders and a mind for smart urbanism, Baker's redesign sets plans for the the site right. Contributor Stephen Stofka has this Q&A with the architect who picked up the pieces and saved the project from a deadlock > more