Back when we lived in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, we commonly patronized Liberty Lumber, a building supply company at the corner of 7th & Alter. We purchased a bunch of stuff over the years, including lumber, trim, paint, and tools. The prices were a bit higher than Lowes or Home Depot, but we were willing to pay the premium for the convenience of not having to go down to Delaware Avenue.
Liberty Lumber in the past
We passed by the other day and noticed that Liberty Lumber has closed, and we're guessing it's been a little while. We don't see any permits on the property, but it seems like there's at least one apartment space now in the building. A pair of mailboxes and a rental sign at the corner would seem to give us that indication.
We don't usually single out individual homes listed for sale, but this one offered something that you truly don't see every day. And by that we mean taxidermy. Lots of it.
An old view of the living room. Just amazing.
Bedroom image from the old listing
Was the home priced a little bit on the high side? Yes. Is it likely that every potential buyer saw the collection of deer heads and couldn't focus on anything else in the house? Sure. Did the stuffed ram at the bottom of the stairs take the whole thing over the top? Absolutely.
It should come as no surprise that the realtors suggested a little redecorating. The current listing has some newer images that show that the taxidermy has been removed from the home.
We've gotten the occasional question about 1108 Federal St. over the last several months, resisting the urge until now to cover the project because it's not too exciting. In short, this property is a double-wide two-story home which was listed for sale for about a year and a half before someone bought it at the end of last summer. The buyer made the purchase with an intention to subdivide the property into two homes, and permits indicate that the newly separated units will each get a third-floor addition. PSCA didn't oppose the project and the ZBA gave their approval in November. So look for this thing to happen sometime soon.
Current view of the property
As we said, the project isn't so exciting. So why do we bring it to your attention at last? We're covering the project in part because we feel like we should answer the handful of people who have reached out about it. But it also gives us an opportunity to point out the Federal Street Burial Ground, located immediately next door.
About half a year ago, a reader noticed a demolition notice at 1111 S. Broad St. and we told you about plans for a new mixed-use building coming soon to this location. In the time that's passed since then, the two-story building most recently home to a mechanic shop has been demolished, just as the notice predicted.
Current view on South Broad Street
Another angle of the current view
Our original story discussed a by-right five-story building for this property with ground-floor commercial, a dozen parking spots, and 42 apartments. At some point since then, the project has grown a wee bit, and will now rise six stories and include fifty-three residential units. We know this thanks to the Civic Design Review packet recently posted to the City website, a document that also includes a bunch of renderings from Harman Deutsch to give us an idea of exactly what we can expect here.