11th & Walnut Tower Will Expand to the West and Make More Sense

1101 Walnut St. had been home to a Wendy's restaurant since 1980, with Wendy's taking over a one-story building that was constructed for a bank back in 1967. Check out some more detailed history of the property here. Perhaps a one-story building made sense here in the year that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, but we would even question that assertion, given the sterling downtown location. At the very least, this building has qualified as an [...]
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Four Homes For the Top of the Market on E. Oxford Street

It's amazing now that we think about it, but our last visit to the 1200 block of E. Oxford St. occurred almost a decade ago. Back then, we told you about some new homes under construction at 1232 and 1234 E. Oxford St., which were rising on previously vacant lots. When they were finished in 2013, one of those homes sold for $400K and the other traded at $420K. 1234 sold in 2016 for $500K and [...]
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Renderings for Huge Upcoming Project at 46th & Chestnut

Last month, we shared the news that Chestnut Street near Penn would be picking up a huge new project, and further west than we might have expected. To refresh your memory, 4519-45 Chestnut St., is owned by the Archdiocese and West Catholic Preparatory High School uses it as a huge parking lot. The property is massive, covering almost an acre and a half, and also includes a couple of small buildings that are used by the school. View [...]
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Units Count Will Nearly Double at Artist Village at 17th & Fitzwater

Here's a fun history lesson for you - did you know that CHOP wasn't always located in West Philly? The hospital was founded in 1855 and for a few years it operated out of a small building near Broad & Pine. From 1866-1916, the hospital expanded to a new location on the east side of 22nd Street, just north of Locust. Then, starting in 1916, the hospital operated out of a much larger facility at [...]
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Paradise Peak Will Add a Couple Dozen Units Near the Top of Paradise Hills

And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife C'mon! Hold on tight! C'mon! Hold on tight! Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night I can see paradise [peak] by the dashboard light Meatloaf notwithstanding, let's take a look at another project that's currently getting rolling in the Paradise Hills/RAH/Allegheny West neighborhood. A few months back, we told you [...]
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Church Demoed at 52nd & Chester, Apartment Building Will Soon Rise

The Word Tabernacle Baptist Church worshipped in a beautiful building at 5200 Chester Ave. for many years. This building was constructed in 1910 for First United Presbyterian, and was designed by Joseph Huston. The church resembled countless other religious structures built at the beginning of the 20th century, which is to say it was clad in stone and included numerous architectural details across its facades. Also like so many other churches of the era, the building was in poor [...]
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John Gorgas House Picking Up a Contemporary New Neighbor?

John Jacob Gorgas emigrated to the Pennsylvania colony in the late 1600's with a fella named Wilhelm Rittenhouse. Mr. Rittenhouse, who founded the first paper mill on this side of the Atlantic, was the patriarch of a rather famous Philadelphia family, and you've probably heard of a certain Center City park named for his nephew. The Gorgas family, which also engaged in the paper making trade, was a touch less famous than the Rittenhouse family, but they still [...]
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Renderings for a Slowly Arriving Project at 3rd & Girard

We are now at about three years of total vacancy at the southwest corner of 3rd & Girard, a site we've visited a few times before on this website. Historically, there was a bar at the corner, most recently occupied a place cleverly called, uh, 3rd & Girard Bar. The bar building only took up a fraction of the property in question, as most of it was covered by a lumber yard. Amazingly, at least a [...]
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Rite Aid Replacing Rite Aid at 9th & Catharine

Palumbo's was a fixture for neighborhood life at the corner of 9th & Catharine for over a hundred years, starting in the late 1800s. It originated as a boarding house for Italian immigrants, eventually expanding into a restaurant, a music hall, and an event space which was home to countless events and gatherings over its many years in operation. Famous musical acts like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mario Lanza entertained at Palumbo's per [...]
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Dueling Projects Improving Two Corners on Ridge in Roxborough

A reader reached out to us recently, noting two ongoing projects on the 6600 block of Ridge Avenue which will soon add some nice density (and not enough parking, eek) to this area. Before we get into the upcoming developments though, first let's take a look back at what was here previously: 6604 Ridge Ave., in the past Old image of 6618 Ridge Ave. 6604-12 Ridge Ave. had been home to a small strip mall [...]
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