Architect Shout-Out: Jeanna Gang’s Aqua Tower

We had to take a moment this morning to share Jeanne Gang‘s ingenious work on the Aqua tower in Chicago. The undulating balconies at 225 N. Columbus Drive protect the 82-story tower from strong winds. Gang’s portfolio also includes Oculus in Taipei and the Blue Wall Center in South Carolina.


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1899 Fairmount Park Mansion Undergoing $8M In Renovations For The Fam And Kids

Through a good part of the fall and all winter, skilled builders from RC Legnini Building Contractors, the firm responsible for renovating the interior at Boyds in Rittenhouse, have been working to restore and modernize the interior at Smith Memorial Playhouse in Fairmount Park. The mansion, built in 1899 and designed by Philadelphia architect James H. Windrim, the mind behind the designs of the Masonic Temple across from City Hall and the Academy of Natural […]


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Commuter Challenge Dares Philly Companies To Leave Cars At Home

Ah, there’s nothing Mr. Fox hates more than friendly competition (patience was a virtue that we never learned); we prefer the animalistic kind with a clear winner. However, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, AAA and ZipCar‘s first Commuter Challenge for Philadelphia is something we can support. The challenge begins next Friday, May 20, on National Bike to Work Day, but companies can start creating teams now. Organizations will log their employees bike- and walk-to-work miles and […]


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SCHUYLKILL RIVER TO BECOME REGATTA RACEWAY

Oh the summer months. Their return can only mean hazy bike rides, failing air conditioning units and topsider-fitted seasonal boaters taking to the water. For those of us without boats or the muscle capacity to row them for any period longer than escaping death, we can watch the 2011 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta today, presented by Coca-Cola. The largest collegiate regatta in the United States, the Dad Vail Regatta was first held in 1934 along […]


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Hit List: As Close As You’re Going To Get To Living With Chase Utley

Unit 10SW (Chase Utley is in the penthouse SW) on the 10th floor of The Ayer at 210 W Washington Square is a two-bedroom two-bathroom ultra-modern 1,950-square-foot home. The $2.1M listing was made for entertaining with an open living room with windows on three sides, Bulthaup and Miele kitchen, glass-railed terrace, master suite with marble bath and a 9 x 15 master closet that would make Carie Bradshaw weep. The price tag comes with the Ayer’s hotel-style concierge […]


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HISTORY BUFF: THEOPHILUS PARSONS CHANDLER, JR.

Theophilus Parsons Chandler Jr., a Harvard graduate, was a Boston native born in 1845. After attending Harvard he studied in Paris under the tutelage of a notable French architect. Upon returning to the United States he first began his work in the Boston area, but later relocated to Philadelphia in 1872. It was here that he would complete his most notable work. In addition to his many physical contributions to the city of Philadelphia, most of […]


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Old Iron Works Gym Opening as Museum in Fall

The Wood Turning Center is moving from it’s current location at 501 Vine Street to the Old Iron Works Gym in Old City at 141 N. Third Street. Opening in the fall of 2011, the new location will feature cosmetic upgrades including a polished concrete floor, impressive open mezzanine space and a museum store and lobby entrance on Third Street. Albert LeCoff, the executive director of the Wood Turning Center, shared some layout plans and his […]


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Hot Diggity Coming to 630 South Street

We trotted by 630 South Street yesterday and saw the “Coming Soon” signs for Hot Diggity. What gives? Please tell us this will fill the hot dog hole Dapper Dog left us with. (Now, exit my hot-dog-hole boy!) Can anyone share information on what’s going on here?


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PPA Does Something Right: 1,500 New Bike Racks

Finally, a reason to love the Philadelphia Parking Authority! Up to 1,500 bike racks are being installed this week as an effort to re-use the parking meters replaced by Kiosks last year. The 500 block of Race Street was getting their meter makeover this morning, while other PPA members are prepping the 300 block of Race and Front Street down to Arch. “We just finished up Chestnut, Walnut and South Street, now moving to Old […]


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Updated photos: What’s going on at Front and Girard?

“PlanPhilly noticed some construction activity in front of the old Jumbo Theater in Fishtown. The last we heard, developer Avram Hornik pulled out from a project that would have refurbished the historically significant, century-old theater by creating a music venue and restaurant in the space. We tracked down the construction company – A.J. Lewis – who told us a Dollar Tree Store was planned for the site. Our old friend Michael Greenle sent us some updated […]


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