Hit List: Contemporary Art Keeps Punk Trick-Or-Treaters At Bay

The bi-level loft at 1728 Chestnut Street (Apt. 3) is furnished with the owner’s accoutrements, which, we aren’t sure, will help or hurt any rental inquiries. The 1,818-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo listed for $3750 a month has a pretty gorgeous roof deck (although we love that more modern, minimal style) to go along with the contemporary pieces (a general phrase used for “art” only a mother could love) and original artwork dotted throughout the home. The […]


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A New Take On Beer Coming To Manayunk From Hawthornes Cafe

A new beer boutique is coming to Manayunk at 4923 Main Street (formerly Events in Style) and the owners are no strangers to the city. The founders of Hawthornes Café, located in Philly’s Hawthorne section, have received a unanimous vote from the Manayunk Neighborhood City Council in favor of the new takeaway beer and food locale. The 1,700-square-foot space will not be a bar, but instead a quaint little location that will sell “fancy” beer […]


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HISTORY BUFF: REVISITING HORTICULTURAL HALL AND ITS ARCHITECT

Hermann J. Schwarzmann was a peculiar pick to design 34 structures for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876;  as an unproved engineer, he had never designed a building before. But not to let this seemingly substantial inexperience stand in his way, he set to work designing and building structures to honor one of our country’s most important anniversaries.  Two of the most notable structures that he designed were Horticultural Hall and Memorial Hall. Horticultural Hall was […]


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Delorean Moment: Chestnut Street Transway Premonition

Architect and urban planner Edmund Bacon imagined up the Chestnut Street Tranway, one of the urban renewal projects that followed World War II, in his 1959 essay “Philadelphia in the Year 2009.” Bacon remade Chestnut Street as a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with a trolley at its center near 12th Street, a design that today would nicely compliment 1200 Bank. Bacon’s “Philadelphia in the Year 2009” outlined several important projects (like Penn Center, Market East and the […]


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Queen’s Walk Townhomes Coming to Queen Village

Queen’s Walk on Fifth and Montrose Streets in Queen Village is JKR Partners’ latest housing development currently under construction in the city. The 16 townhomes fill the gaps left by an old dessert topping manufacturing company long since abandoned. We drove by the other day to get some information on the residences, which will be arranged around a private common drive with garage access. JKR told us that the three-bedroom/three-bathroom homes will range from 2200 […]


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Today’s Design Charrette Invites Sustainable Ideas From Community

The Community Design Collaborative and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council are co-hosting the Design Charrette today with sustainable groups SHARE, Green Village Philadelphia, Common Market and United Way’s teacher supply program. The design charrette will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia until 4pm, and will serve to help these groups re-imagine their 17,000-square-foot “home” at 2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue (an old industrial site) as a “green, mixed-use marketplace that will serve as […]


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Snip Hair salon moving in across from Fairmount’s Mugshots

A few months ago Oliver’s Antiques left its location at 21st Street and Fairmount Avenue, creating an opportunity for new business development in a top neighborhood retail location where foot traffic is steady. In its spot at 2052 Fairmount Avenue, across the street from Mugshots CoffeeHouse and Café, is the hair salon SNIP. Owners Sean Korban and Jeremy Burns committed to a three-year lease at the location, passionate to create a destination salon where “the […]


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Hit List: Mansion On Pine Is A Glaring Reminder Of Our Financial Shortcomings

Reminiscent of the days where people had names like Winthrop, this “Great Gatsby Gilded era Italianate mansion” may be known to some of you who follow real estate closely (it’s a favorite for real estate features), but for others, we wanted to make sure we reminded you of your tax bracket. This 9,000-square-foot four-story town home at 814 Pine Street has a 4,500-square-foot garden, six bedrooms, five full baths, two powder rooms, hand-painted murals, gilded plaster […]


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HISTORY BUFF: THE MERCHANT’S EXCHANGE

Built between 1832 and 1834, the Merchant’s Exchange was designed by prominent 19th century architect William Strickland and can be found bounded by Dock, Third and Walnut Streets. While it is now utilized as an office building, its original purpose was that of a brokerage house. William Strickland (born in 1788) was a founder of the Gothic Revival in the United States and was also part of the Greek Revival. Two very prominent examples of […]


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Delorean Moment: HORTICULTURAL HALL

The Horticultural Hall was constructed as part of the Centennial International Exposition of 1876, which was held along the Schuylkill in Fairmount Park. The building served essentially as an elaborate greenhouse, showcasing rare plants and horticulture (as its name would suggest). Although intended to be a permanent construction, this truly beautiful and unique construction was unfortunately destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Atop the remains of Horticultural Hall now rests the Horticulture Center, which was […]


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