AIA’s Canstruction at the Shops at Liberty Place

AIA‘s fifth annual Canstruction structures are going to be taken down this Saturday, May 21, at the Shops at Liberty Place so unless you’ve seen the Phanatic built entirely of cans already, you really have no reason to not go. The Canstruction design/build competition teams up the city’s architects, engineers and contractors to create giant structures completely out of canned food in just 12 hours. The city-based and clever structures at 1601 Chestnut Street are all […]


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Old Snow White Diner Converted Into Reclaimed Revolution House

Residents were dismayed when the Snow White Diner at 200 Market Street closed down on Easter Sunday of 2010. The diner’s long history (originally opened in the 1950s) had residents anxious for a happening change. Now, after almost a year of construction, the city landmark has finally been refreshed. The long-awaited renovation is almost complete. Revolution House will open its doors on June 1. Inspired by Old City’s rich history, owners John Poulos and restaurateur […]


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Hit List: The Barclay’s 9A Stops Decorating In Bedrooms

When John McShain, the millionaire Philadelphia builder who happened to own a few lakes in Ireland, took over the Barclay, he put his name behind what would become one of the most ornante condominium buildings in the city. The 2,675-square-foot three-bedroom three-bathroom flat at 9A is up for sale for $1,695,000 at 237 S. 18th Street. The hardwood-floor foyer and living room with working fireplace, wet bar and built-in bookcase would make a perfect Stephen […]


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Northeaset AMF Boulevard Lanes Closing, Taking Toys With Them

AMF Boulevard Lanes, located at 8011 Roosevelt Boulevard closed its doors for good this past Sunday. The bowling locale’s lease was up and, due to the high cost of rent, AMF decided that it was not worth the price to renew the lease. While it’s unclear what will become of the building in the future, there has been a rumor circulating that Nazareth Hospital has purchased the lot with plans to demolish the building, then […]


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Chinatown’s Shanghai Bazaar For Sale For $3.8M

Just one block from the Philadelphia Convention Center is Shanghai Bazaar at 1016-18 Race Street. Coldwell Banker is listing the two-story double-wide retail property for $3.8M, which includes more than 7,100 square feet of retail space on the first floor. Everyone loves the kitch, so we’re kinda’ sad to see this business for sale (we love finding little gems at Pearl River in NYC), but really, how many Chinese finger traps would they have to […]


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THIRD STREET BAR/RESTAURANT PROPOSAL STILL IN THE WORKS

A new drawing presented by attorney Stephen Pollock (made in April) for the restaurant/bar proposal at 17 North Third Street shows some drastic changes to the original design idea. Architect Dan Bosin created potential blueprints (not design renderings) for the layout of the Charlie and Deborah Vaturi’s new project. In this design, the second floor of the building will remain an apartment, thus removing the roof deck idea that was originally presented.  Only the first […]


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Hit List: A Two-Story Home Hidden On Saint Bernard Street

Amy Cuker’s colorful and sunny rowhouse at 318 S. Saint Bernard Street is on “a little-noticed block” in West Philly near 49th and Spruce next to a playground at Barkan Park. The 10 four-bedroom two-story rowhomes on the street are, according to Cuker, an LEED accredited Down2Earth interior designer, “pretty unique for West Philly.” Most of the homes in this area near Pine and Spruce Streets are huge three-story Victorians or two-story three-bedroom buildings. “There were a […]


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Philly School Awarded Nation’s First Platinum Level LEED Certification

Philly takes another huge step in the green direction last week as the Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as the first public high school in the nation to reach LEED‘s Platinum level. Yes, I’ll say it again, Kensington CAPA is the first public high school in the entire country to have a Platinum level LEED certification. It deserves a little reiteration. The Platinum level, […]


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FINAL PHASE TWO OF DESIGN FOR JULIAN ABELE PARK IS REVEALED

The Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation has announced its final Phase Two redesign of Julian Abele Park, located at 22nd and Carpenter Streets. After seeing the intended design, we can rest assured that this is something to get very excited about. Julian F. Abele (1881-1950) was a prominent African-American architect and Philadelphia native who was employed by fellow architect Horace Trumbauer. Abele is famous for having contributed to the design of the Philadelphia Museum of […]


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Hit List: Aria Tenant Pays For Home To Look More Like Home. Also Custom Wallpaper.

The client who purchased this unit in the Aria Condominium at 1419 Locust Street did so because they fell in love with the Busybee-staged unit. After moving in, they wanted Busybee to come back and make it feel more like home, which included some custom wallpaper work. “Sometimes potential buyers get emotionally attached if a unit is staged well,” says Anna Powers of Busybee. ” They trusted BB to make it unique. In this case, the […]


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