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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Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes coming to main street manayunk in june

A new bakery is coming to 4409 Main Street in Manayunk by the name of Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes. The idea for the cupcake-centric spot was born when owners, husband/wife duo Liz and Owen Paradiso (Manayunk residents for 5 years), wanted to create a place in Manayunk to hang out that wasn’t a bar. According to Liz, they are hoping to create a hip and cool atmosphere centered around cake and art. The new locale will […]


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Grasso’s Massive Music Venue Will Bring In “Over $2M” in Tax revenue

Between running a record label and a development company, David Grasso was kind enough to take a moment and send us the renderings for his contested 7,600-square-foot music venue on Richmond and Beach Streets next to 95 in Kensington. Live Nation will operate the 3,000-person-capacity live theater/concert space if city council approves the proposal, which would add some life to a currently derelict and dead location. Bonsall Shafferman architects and space planners will be working […]


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Hit List: Mid-Century Modern in east falls woodlands

We came across this 1952 home in the “woodlands” of East Falls on more than an acre of land. Who knew!? Unfortunately it is occupied, so we used our internet sleuth skills to get more info on the home, in a way that wouldn’t land us in jail for B&E. The three-bedroom two-bath ranch home is 2500 square feet and has floor-to-ceiling windows, birch wood floors, a fireplace, views of the lands’ gardens and trees […]


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HIstory Buff: THE PHILADELPHIA BOURSE

Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the Philadelphia Bourse at 13 South Fifth Street has a rich and storied history.  Founded by the grain and commodities exporter George E. Bartol in 1891, The Philadelphia Bourse was constructed from 1893-1895. Bartol was inspired after traveling in Europe and seeing the great Boerse in Hamburg, Germany, and he wished to construct a similar business hub in Philadelphia. G. W. & W. D. Hewitt, a prominent […]


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Delorean Moment: Amusement Palace at Ninth and Arch

Back when a single dime could purchase something (in 1890), Philadelphia had C.A. Bradenburgh’s Museum at Ninth and Arch Streets. Amusement Palaces like this were common in Philly during this time period and were really just called museums to garner respect. They displayed a variety of exhibits and even held sporting events at times. Now this museum is in the vault (so to speak) of the Asian Bank that currently dominates this block. Ten cents […]


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