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<em>Kensington Blues</em> Puts A Human Face On A Lost Population

Kensington Blues Puts A Human Face On A Lost Population

May 31, 2017  |  Last Light

Photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge captures the lives of Philadelphia's opioid crisis in his new book, Kensington Blues. HC editor Michael Bixler has the review > more

A Royal Loss On South Street

A Royal Loss On South Street

February 24, 2017  |  Last Light

In the midst of demolition, Michael Bixler takes a walk inside the brittle bones of the Royal Theater with this photo essay > more

Inside The Empty, Gilded Halls Of Elkins Estate

Inside The Empty, Gilded Halls Of Elkins Estate

February 16, 2017  |  Last Light

Photographer Kris Catherine gives an exclusive look inside the opulent mansions of Elkins Estate > more

Capturing The Ghosts Of Demolition

Capturing The Ghosts Of Demolition

January 13, 2017  |  Last Light

The demolition composites of photographer Andrew Evans beguile the eye with ghostly images of a city passing through time. Evans presents his newest additions to the series and explains his process with this photo essay > more

Happy Holidays From Hidden City

Happy Holidays From Hidden City

December 23, 2016  |  Last Light

Season's greetings from Hidden City, top HC Daily photos of 2016, and an important message about our fall fundraising campaign > more

Fade And A Shave: Inside Philly's Black Barbershops

Fade And A Shave: Inside Philly’s Black Barbershops

December 7, 2016  |  Last Light

Contributor Theresa Stigale documents life inside neighborhood barbershops with this photo essay > more

Inside SEPTA's Unused Underground Concourse, To Be Restored

Inside SEPTA’s Unused Underground Concourse, To Be Restored

December 2, 2016  |  Last Light

The Center City Concourse, a network of underground pedestrian walkways, has sat empty and largely unused for decades. But big plans are in the works to reopen and reanimate the dead space. Samantha Smyth and Chandra Lampreich takes us into the abandoned tunnels with this photo essay > more

Berned Out On The Doorstep Of The DNC

Berned Out On The Doorstep Of The DNC

July 27, 2016  |  Last Light

Michael Bixler takes a walk inside the Free Speech Zone at the DNC with this photo essay > more

Decidedly Different West Philadelphia Twins

Decidedly Different West Philadelphia Twins

July 13, 2016  |  Last Light

Conflicting decisions often make for creative, architectural combinations. Contributor Starr Herr-Cardillo examines the colorful contrast of twins in West Philly with this photo essay > more

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of

Tourist Photos From 1981 Reveal The Heart Of “Old Philadelphia”

May 6, 2016  |  Last Light

A found collection of tourist photos from the summer of 1981 captures the character of the city > more

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

Pipe Organ Concert Opens Doors To Girard College Chapel

April 15, 2016  |  Last Light

Girard College Chapel is an overlooked treasure trove containing some of the city's best Greek and Art Deco detailing. It's also home to one of the biggest pipe organs in Philadelphia. Dan Papa unlocks the radiant vault with this revealing photo essay > more

Inside Pennsylvania Hospital's Little Seen Original Building

Inside Pennsylvania Hospital’s Little Seen Original Building

April 7, 2016  |  Last Light

What does America's oldest medical facility look like on the inside? Resplendent. Photographer Chandra Lampreich takes a stroll down the airy halls of Pennsylvania Hospital with this historical overview and photo essay > more

Making A Molehill Out Of Mt. Sinai

Making A Molehill Out Of Mt. Sinai

February 17, 2016  |  Last Light

The demolition of Mt. Sinai Hospital is both a lesson in hasty redevelopment and the continued erasure of South Philly's built Jewish history. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler walks the halls of the dignified, 86-year-old Art Deco building one last time with this photo essay > more

Seasons Greetings From Hidden City

Seasons Greetings From Hidden City

December 24, 2015  |  Last Light

The Hidden City Daily team is taking a short winter vacation. We'll be back on Monday, January 4th. See you next year! > more

And Liberty For All

And Liberty For All

November 27, 2015  |  Last Light

Sure, City Hall has its wee observation deck with its 15-minute window for viewing. And the skyline view from the 33rd floor of the Loews is the worst-kept secret in town. But with its opening at One Liberty Place on Saturday, Philadelphia gets its first grown-up observation deck > more

Bidding Farewell To The (Full-Length) Route 23

Bidding Farewell To The (Full-Length) Route 23

November 24, 2015  |  Last Light

As a native of Northwest Philadelphia, Steve Weinik grew up on SEPTA's X and XH bus lines. But it was the 23 that captured his imagination. With the 23 set to become two separate lines this weekend, he took one last ride roundtrip to produce this photo essay > more

Capturing A City In Transition

Capturing A City In Transition

November 11, 2015  |  Last Light

Great traditions are built to last. Here's our handpicked preview of the 6th annual Philly Photo Day exhibition opening this Thursday at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center > more

A Cut (From) Above: Clothing Fit For His Holiness

A Cut (From) Above: Clothing Fit For His Holiness

September 25, 2015  |  Last Light

Renzetti-Magnarelli Clergy Apparel in South Philadelphia tailors some of the finest vestments this side of Rome. Contributor Kim Massare takes us inside the father and son team's Broad Street showroom with this photo essay. > more

The End Of The Road For 40th And Pine

The End Of The Road For 40th And Pine

September 2, 2015  |  Last Light

Demolition of the beleaguered Levy-Leas House is underway at 40th and Pine. Hidden City co-editor Michael Bixler takes one last look at the building's lost potential with a walk inside one of architect Samuel Sloan's last remaining West Philadelphia homes > more

A Peek Inside Cunningham Piano

A Peek Inside Cunningham Piano

September 11, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

Yesterday we told you about Cunningham Piano, and Mural Arts' project to restore hand painted signs on the company's workshop. Today we bring you a look at what's behind the facade, courtesy of Joseph Elliott, the photographer for both Hidden City festivals > more

Under World

Under World

July 31, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

What's life like under the El in Kensington? There are a million answers, and here are a few of them courtesy of three street photographers > more

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

A Place Called The Plateau Is Where Everybody Goes

July 24, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

With yesterday's dedication of the John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions, the Fairmount Park Conservancy ushered in a new era of growth at the Belmont Plateau. It's always been Brad Maule's favorite place to survey the growth of the Philly skyline > more

SEPTA, Freedom and Independence

SEPTA, Freedom and Independence

July 11, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

Last month, Brad Maule, Chris Dougherty, Steve Ives, and Steve Weinik spent an entire day riding SEPTA. They started and stopped at 30th Street Station, and for the eight hours in between, they photographed their journeys using SEPTA's all-day Independence Pass > more

In Port Richmond, Boxing Lives On

In Port Richmond, Boxing Lives On

June 18, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

Philadelphia has always had a generous supply of exclusive private clubs, but none quite like the Veteran Boxers Association. Fight fan Peter Woodall took a trip to the group's Port Richmond clubhouse > more

Lush Spring Greens In Verdant East Germantown

Lush Spring Greens In Verdant East Germantown

May 21, 2014  |  Last Light, Photography

Awbury Arboretum may not carry the cachet or turnstile receipts of Morris Arboretum just up the hill, but as a large, free public space, it serves perhaps an even more important role to its Northwest Philadelphia neighbors. Brad Maule brings us these photos from the historic 55-acre grounds in East Germantown > more

Capturing late 1960s Philadelphia--Trolleys, Neon, Cobblestones and All

Capturing late 1960s Philadelphia–Trolleys, Neon, Cobblestones and All

May 15, 2014  |  Last Light

A teenager named David Wilson toted his Brownie Hawkeye camera all over Philadelphia in the late 1960s, photographing the city's trolleys, trains and buses. In doing so, he inadvertently created a portrait not only of the city's transit, but also its neighorhoods > more

A Last Look at Second Baptist Church

A Last Look at Second Baptist Church

April 16, 2014  |  Last Light

The demolition of a former house of worship in Northern Liberties has provided a glimpse into the building's history > more

The Flower Show Makes A Lot Of Scents

The Flower Show Makes A Lot Of Scents

March 11, 2014  |  Last Light

After a walk around its perimeter made him realize the Convention Center stinks, Brad Maule couldn't have enjoyed the smell of the 2014 Flower Show any better. His photo essay from Articulture this way > more

South Kensington Development In A Nutshell

South Kensington Development In A Nutshell

March 6, 2014  |  Last Light

There's been good bit of new development--and redevelopment--in South Kensington lately, and there's nothing better than a roundup of all the new (and newish) projects to give you a feel for what's been happening > more

USS Somerset, Coming To Life

USS Somerset, Coming To Life

February 28, 2014  |  Last Light

With an official commissioning ceremony at Penn's Landing tomorrow, the US Navy will bring to life its newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the USS Somerset. Brad Maule has photographed the warship docked on the Delaware Riverfront all week long > more

In Transit

In Transit

January 10, 2014  |  Last Light

If SEPTA passengers often seem lost in their thoughts, almost as if they're in another world, perhaps that's because they are. Here's a portrait of life on SEPTA at night through the lens of Theresa Stigale > more

Signing Off On 2013

Signing Off On 2013

December 31, 2013  |  Last Light

A boardwalk on the Schuylkill, a reborn Pier 53 and Venice Island, and brewpubs aplenty give us much to look forward to in 2014. But before the ball drops and the Mummers strut, Brad Maule brings us one last look at 2013 in these photos > more

In The Grand Tradition: The Wanamaker Organ At Christmas

In The Grand Tradition: The Wanamaker Organ At Christmas

December 20, 2013  |  Last Light

In a city full of superlatives, few sound as good as the largest pipe organ in the world: the Wanamaker Organ. With the Christmas light show in full regalia, Brad Maule visited organist Wesley Parrott as he provided the soundtrack to the hundreds gathered at Macy's for the show > more

Don't Call It A Warehouse

Don’t Call It A Warehouse

December 6, 2013  |  Last Light

Another former factory in the river wards is slated to become apartments. Peter Woodall visited during its last days and brings us a portrait > more

Paintin' The Town Brown In The Forest Of Morris

Paintin’ The Town Brown In The Forest Of Morris

November 27, 2013  |  Last Light

Before sitting down to a cornucopia of color at Thanksgiving dinner, Brad Maule tips his cap to the last of the leaves with this photo essay along the Wissahickon Creek in Morris Arboretum > more

Group Portrait

Group Portrait

November 7, 2013  |  Last Light

After combing through the 1,500 images submitted for Philly Photo Day, we've got to say: Philly's got talent, at least when it comes to photography. Here are 25 of our favorites > more

Fall Foliage Crushing On The Cresheim

Fall Foliage Crushing On The Cresheim

November 1, 2013  |  Last Light

The first weekend in November means peak fall foliage in the Delaware Valley—it's clockwork by nature. While colorful scenes abound from West Philly to FDR Park and back up to Mayfair, perhaps nowhere in Philadelphia makes you want to zip up your autumn sweater and lace up your boots as does the Wissahickon under its annual kaleidoscope. Brad Maule left only footprints and took only these photos along the Cresheim Creek section of Wissahickon Park > more

Wild Cards Of The City's Walls

Wild Cards Of The City’s Walls

October 28, 2013  |  Last Light

Mural Arts may paint most of Philly's walls and get all the press, but there are plenty of murals created outside the system. Peter Woodall and Katrina Ohstrom survey the idiosyncratic field > more

Picturing Market Life

Picturing Market Life

October 25, 2013  |  Last Light

Photographer Alan Barr has been making stunning images of Reading Terminal for the past decade, but until now they've been confined to Flickr. We've selected some of his best, plus an Q&A with the photographer on his approach, and what keeps him coming back > more

Mega Feast On Mini Pearl Street

Mega Feast On Mini Pearl Street

September 30, 2013  |  Last Light

A block party on Pearl Street this past Saturday turned the tiny throughway into a colorful community space, if only for a day. It was a big step toward recognizing the long term goal of making it an asset for the Callowhill/Chinatown North/Loft Distict neighborhood > more

Window Gazing

Window Gazing

August 23, 2013  |  Last Light

Looking through a lens and peering into a window have more than a bit in common. There is a frame, glass, a scene--no wonder many photographers are drawn to them, including Hidden City Daily co-editor Peter Woodall.. > more

At Bok Tech, School's Out Forever

At Bok Tech, School’s Out Forever

June 21, 2013  |  Last Light

This final day of school doubles as the final day of service for 23 public school buildings across the city. It's the sad end to a chapter written by students, teachers, alumni, and communities. Katrina Ohstrom brings us images of South Philly's Bok Tech final days on the clock > more

Light Filters Down Below

Light Filters Down Below

May 24, 2013  |  Last Light

Photographer Jessie Fox found herself down below, in an abandoned subway station; here's what she saw > more

Benediction At St. John The Evangelist

Benediction At St. John The Evangelist

May 9, 2013  |  Last Light

Demolition on St. John the Evangelist begins on Monday. John and Joan Pettit, longtime parishioners of the church, share their experience there, and Chris Dougherty brings us this photo essay of the church before the salvaging began and the wrecking ball came > more

A First Visit, A First Year: The Barnes On The Parkway, A Photo Essay

A First Visit, A First Year: The Barnes On The Parkway, A Photo Essay

May 3, 2013  |  Last Light

Accompanying Ben Leech to preview the Ellsworth Kelly exhibition, Brad Maule makes his first visit to the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. This photo essay presents his first impressions > more

Stories In The Ash

Stories In The Ash

April 30, 2013  |  Last Light

On Saturday, a small late 19th century factory burned--another "warehouse fire." But it was more, of course. We have a little history and some photos to give you a peek inside > more

Hangin' With The Ghosts Under City Hall

Hangin’ With The Ghosts Under City Hall

April 26, 2013  |  Last Light

Riding shotgun with Sam Robinson on the City Hall basement beat, Brad Maule lugs his camera and tripod through narrow corridors and dank dungeons for this set of unusual photos of the oft-photographed building > more

There'll Never Be Another U

There’ll Never Be Another U

April 19, 2013  |  Last Light

As the window appears to close on the opportunity for saving the SS United States, Chandra Lampreich squeezes through for a spectacular look at the spectacular ship > 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

A Moment For Atonement

A Moment For Atonement

April 4, 2013  |  Last Light

Another Furness church is likely going the way of the dodo. Brad Maule took his camera there to bid it a proper farewell, just in case > more

Mechanics, Manifested: Phila U's DEC Center In Photos

Mechanics, Manifested: Phila U’s DEC Center In Photos

March 27, 2013  |  Last Light

Philadelphia University's DEC Center takes a strong stance on unusual—just like the college it's built for. Brad Maule profiles the building in a mini-photo essay > more

Goldtex: A Retrospective/Encore

Goldtex: A Retrospective/Encore

March 22, 2013  |  Last Light

As Goldtex marches toward the finish line, Theresa Stigale and Ethan Wallace bring us another look at photos they took on visits there in 2003 and 2009, respectively > more

Wrong Side Of The Tracks: Newkirk Viaduct Monument In Photos

Wrong Side Of The Tracks: Newkirk Viaduct Monument In Photos

March 13, 2013  |  Last Light

Brad Maule joins Brad Peniston in dusting off a 175 year old public artwork that stands mysteriously next to a seriously active railroad trunk in Southwest Philadelphia > more

I Like To Be Here When I Can

I Like To Be Here When I Can

March 8, 2013  |  Last Light

Three and a half years after moving to Portland, Oregon, Brad Maule realized he missed his Philly skyline. So he's back, and he's on board with Hidden City > more

The Architecture Of Overbrook Farms: A Portrait

The Architecture Of Overbrook Farms: A Portrait

February 11, 2013  |  Last Light

What's at stake in the battle to make Overbrook Farms an historic district on the Philadelphia Register? Join us for this photo essay and find out > more

There's No Beauty Like St. Bonaventure

There’s No Beauty Like St. Bonaventure

January 28, 2013  |  Last Light

And nothing so vulnerable, either. Photographer Chandra Lampreich takes us inside > more

What's In An Odonym?

What’s In An Odonym?

January 16, 2013  |  Last Light

Out of use street names hover like ghosts of a city that once was. Peter Woodall takes us on the candlelit tour > more

Lost Buildings Of 2012

Lost Buildings Of 2012

January 2, 2013  |  Last Light

A look back at ten remarkable historic structures torn down last year > more

One Place, Six Photographers

One Place, Six Photographers

December 20, 2012  |  Last Light

Our photo workshop in November produced some stunning images, which isn't surprising, since several regular contributors to the Daily were on hand and the locations were particularly evocative. This definitely isn't student work! > more

The Phantom Station

The Phantom Station

December 17, 2012  |  Last Light

The trains don't stop anymore at the Spring Garden subway station on SEPTA's Broad-Ridge spur, but one of our intrepid photographers managed to take a closer look, and brought back this photo portrait > more

Still A Beauty

Still A Beauty

December 10, 2012  |  Last Light

Last moments for the Church of the Assumption? With demolition permitted beginning tomorrow, Photographer Chandra Lampreich takes us inside today > more

24 Hours In The Life Of The City, Part Two

24 Hours In The Life Of The City, Part Two

December 5, 2012  |  Last Light

All 1,800 images from Philly Photo Day will be displayed Thursday at the Crane Arts Building. We've got a sneak preview of some of the most arresting images, which were all shot on Oct. 26th. > more

America's Oldest Yarn Mill: A Portrait

America’s Oldest Yarn Mill: A Portrait

December 4, 2012  |  Last Light

125 years of industrial history had accumulated at the Wilde Yarn textile mill in Manayunk by the time it closed in 2008. A group of photographers documented that rich legacy this summer before it was dismantled. Here's what they saw. > more

24 Hours In The Life Of The City

24 Hours In The Life Of The City

November 19, 2012  |  Last Light

Twenty four hours and 1,800 photos add up to one heck of a portrait of Philadelphia. We've selected some of the most arresting images from last month's Philly Photo Day for this exclusive sneak preview > more

In The Neighborhood, Defying Labels

In The Neighborhood, Defying Labels

November 14, 2012  |  Last Light

Jessie Fox spent more than a year photographing the neighborhood lately dubbed "Templetown." Her photos, published for the first time here, document a rich vein of community life > more

Unmitigated Beauty

Unmitigated Beauty

November 8, 2012  |  Last Light

On Day Four of Furness Week, we've got a luscious photo essay featuring one of Furness's remaining masterpieces, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Plus we took a side trip up to the attic above the skylights--it doesn't like Grandma's! > more

A Haunting Place

A Haunting Place

October 31, 2012  |  Last Light

For Halloween, we're taking a visit back to the now-demolished Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, an institution with a black history that later was much-beloved by urban explorers > more

Find The (Most) Signs, Win A Prize!

Find The (Most) Signs, Win A Prize!

October 26, 2012  |  Last Light

We've collected some of the best vintage signs from around Philadelphia. Think you know the city inside out? Here's a chance to test your knowledge > more

Memorials Of Brick

Memorials Of Brick

October 22, 2012  |  Last Light

In Philadelphia, smokestacks were once the most prominent feature of the skyline, competing only with church spires for dominance of the horizon. They towered above every mill, factory, and plant, rising hundreds of feet into a smog choked sky > more

The Metropolitan Opera House Revisited

The Metropolitan Opera House Revisited

October 16, 2012  |  Last Light

Eric Blumenfeld, who recently purchased the former Divine Lorraine hotel, is now talking about helping to restore the Metropolitan Opera House. We've got photos of the bedraggled North Broad Street beauty taken this summer, plus a few dug out from the archives of the 2009 Hidden City Festival > more

 A Subway Stop in Bloom

A Subway Stop in Bloom

October 12, 2012  |  Last Light

The Spring Garden subway station gets an art installation worthy of its name > more

A Goodbye Look At The Ortlieb's Brewery

A Goodbye Look At The Ortlieb’s Brewery

October 8, 2012  |  Last Light

We explore the soon-to-be demolished Ortlieb's Brewery complex on 3rd and Poplar Streets in this photo essay > more

At Broad & Arch, Views From A Still Forgotten Tower

At Broad & Arch, Views From A Still Forgotten Tower

October 2, 2012  |  Last Light

The 1929 Liberty Title & Trust tower--the only building on the block not to succumb to the wrecking ball--seems like a certain future hotel. But a year and a half after the opening of the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center, it remains empty > more

New Life for the Logan?

New Life for the Logan?

October 1, 2012  |  Last Light

Philadelphia's movie palaces have not fared well over the past 50 years. All but a few dozen have been torn down and nearly all the ones that are left are in rough shape. Somehow the Logan managed to survive, and thanks to the efforts of a local doctor, it's in surprisingly good condition > more

Greetings From...Park(ing) Day 2012...Wish You Were Here

Greetings From…Park(ing) Day 2012…Wish You Were Here

September 21, 2012  |  Last Light

Photographer Dominic Mercier set out to hit all 49 Park(ing) Day parks. He didn't make it everywhere, but he sent us these... > more

Skyscraper Reflections

Skyscraper Reflections

August 24, 2012  |  Last Light

A dreamy end of week, thanks to photographer Theresa Stigale > more

Northern Liberties Then & Now

Northern Liberties Then & Now

August 10, 2012  |  Last Light

Northern Liberties has changed so much lately that even 10 years ago seems like a distant era. Join us as we take a dip via photo essay into the semi-recent past, when rotting factories and vacant lots still dotted the neighborhood > more

Almost Heaven On The Eighth Floor

Almost Heaven On The Eighth Floor

July 25, 2012  |  Last Light

As the former refrigerated warehouses at Delaware Avenue and Beach Streets become the "Waterview Grande" apartments, Ethan Wallace remembers another recent use: the Eighth Floor nightclub, which closed in 2003. Here's the interior of the club, empty and silent--a memory > more

The View Inside (And Out) The Dazzling Ship

The View Inside (And Out) The Dazzling Ship

July 20, 2012  |  Last Light

Matthew Christopher takes us on a photo tour of the SS United States, the subject of a new book by Steven Ujifusa. Here's the stripped down ship in all its massive glory > more

Jebney Lewis and the Commotion Festival Super Creature

Jebney Lewis and the Commotion Festival Super Creature

June 28, 2012  |  Last Light

In collaboration with young people in three Philly neighborhoods, artist Jebney Lewis has created a Frankenstein-like 20-ft-tall sculpture called Super Creature of Energy and Power. Lee Tusman talks with the artist about temporary installations, artistic collaborations, and Voltron. > more

Still More Silence Inside The Mount

Still More Silence Inside The Mount

June 20, 2012  |  Last Light

You wanted more Mt. Sinai Hospital and we deliver with this photo essay by Chandra Lampreich. As an extra bonus, a vintage 2006 Philly skyline taken from the hospital's roof--"the top of the mount" > more

In The Silence Of Mt. Sinai

In The Silence Of Mt. Sinai

June 18, 2012  |  Last Light

Shadowbat takes us inside the empty corridors of Mt. Sinai Hospital, whose developers report some progress toward eventual reuse > more

Anything But Sober

Anything But Sober

June 8, 2012  |  Last Light

The 19th century beer barons of Philadelphia built breweries that looked more like castles than factories. For our third and final Beer Week installment, we visit the suitably ornate yet sadly vacant Rieger & Gretz Brewery on Germantown Avenue, which a neighborhood group hopes to put on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places > more

Neon's Alive

Neon’s Alive

May 17, 2012  |  Last Light

We're nuts about vintage neon. The modern and retro stuff, not so much until we saw Rob Lybeck's photo essay on neon signs around town > more

Oh Boyd!

Oh Boyd!

May 15, 2012  |  Last Light

As of this month, the Boyd Theater has been closed for 10 years. It's not much of a showstopper on the outside, but the interior is another story and we've got the pictures to prove it > more

Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

May 4, 2012  |  Last Light

A collection of some of Philly's best bar signs, vintage and otherwise. We bet you haven't seen most of these gems! > more

Back To The Future

Back To The Future

April 30, 2012  |  Last Light

OK, we figured you might not believe that Philly is a great city for Art Deco architecture, so we sent Laura Kicey to shoot some of the most stunning examples around town > more

Jack of All Trades

Jack of All Trades

April 18, 2012  |  Last Light

This handsome and useful Fishtown fellow has done a little of everything: fire house, Grand Army of the Republic meeting hall, post office, Army-Navy surplus store--perhaps even a speakeasy and brothel--and home to Ampere Electric for the last 62 years > more

Inside SEPTA's

Inside SEPTA’s “Nerve Center”

April 17, 2012  |  Last Light

Steve Weinik gives us a glimpse inside a little known, very important, and incredibly cool corner of Philadelphia, SEPTA's multi-modal control room, the only one of its kind in the US > more

RIP, Buck, From Your Neighbor Viking Mills

RIP, Buck, From Your Neighbor Viking Mills

April 13, 2012  |  Last Light

With a vigil for the lost and injured firefighters and neighborhood scheduled for Sunday at 6PM, we send this offering of love > more

Up Close and Impersonal

Up Close and Impersonal

March 16, 2012  |  Last Light

Philly's high-rise architecture from the 1950s, 60s and 70s can be tough to like, much less love, but these buildings can have an abstract beauty when photographed from the right distance > more

Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

March 14, 2012  |  Last Light

Building don't have souls (don't they?), but there is something ghostly about these composite photos by Andrew Evans of buildings meeting their maker > more

What the Hale is in There?

What the Hale is in There?

March 7, 2012  |  Last Light

The top floors of the exuberantly ornate Hale Building have been abandoned and inaccessible for decades, and we've been wondering what's up there for at least that long. Now, at long last, we have the answer > more

Adiós, St. Boniface

Adiós, St. Boniface

March 5, 2012  |  Last Light

Hidden City board member Bob Beaty sent along photos by Wojo Photo - Chamyang Unkow, who captures the scene on Norris Square-- > more

Another Hole In The City

Another Hole In The City

March 1, 2012  |  Last Light

In Frankford, Chandra Lampreich has a look before the final demise of Frankford Central United Methodist Church > more

Steam Punk

Steam Punk

February 29, 2012  |  Last Light

The Willow Street Steam Generating plant is a brooding presence on the northern edge of Center City, an asbestos-filled monster that once turned coal to steam. Follow us as we take a look inside this industrial relic, which been abandoned for more than 40 years > more

Beauty On High

Beauty On High

February 24, 2012  |  Last Light

In their wisdom, the architects of Center City's ornate buildings put some of their most extravagant decorations too far up to be seen from street level. We sent Rob Lybeck out to show us what we've been missing > more

Truly Divine

Truly Divine

February 14, 2012  |  Last Light

The Divine Lorraine is gutted now, but not so long ago its garish color combinations and haunting atmosphere were a magnet for photographers. We've put together a group show from that time--four photographers, four visions of the grand old hotel > more

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

February 9, 2012  |  Last Light

The signs of Germantown Avenue in the Fairhill neighborhood in all their funny, faded, hand painted glory > more

Lunar New Year Starts With a Bang

Lunar New Year Starts With a Bang

February 1, 2012  |  Last Light

The Mummers Parade isn't the only loud, colorful New Year's celebration on the streets of Philadelphia. Photographer Dominic Mercier captured the action in Chinatown on Sunday > more