Homes Replacing Mario Lanza Museum on Montrose?

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, located on the 700 block of Montrose Street, is a gorgeous church with a rich history. Per Philaplace, it was the first Italian national parish in America when it was formed in 1852, and served as a cultural center for the immigrant community. As the Italian population grew in South Philadelphia, additional Italian national parishes appeared in different parts of the city, with the closest being just a few blocks [...]
Read More »

Additions and Subtraction on Kater Street

The 2100 block of Kater Street has a lot going for it. It's just a half block off of South Street, which might present a bit of a challenge over in Queen Village, but in this part of town it just means that the residents have easy access to commercial amenities. There's a gym around the corner, plus a pharmacy, a coffee shop, a bar, a few brunch places, and a Wawa. Not to mention, the [...]
Read More »

Vacant Lot Disappears on North Broad, Plus an Uptown Update

We were cruising along North Broad Street the other day, on the lookout as always for any new construction activity that might catch an eye. We were rewarded for our efforts when we spied some early excavation at 2235-37 N. Broad St., a parcel that's been sitting vacant for at least a decade. Though there's not even foundation work ongoing as of yet, we can tell you that developers are planning a mixed-use building here, [...]
Read More »

Another “Student Housing” Tower Under Construction at 3720 Chestnut

Changes at Temple and Drexel over the last couple decades have had a dramatic impact on their surrounding neighborhoods. Both schools have seen enrollment rise and at Temple, the number of commuting students has dropped considerably. As such, we've seen a ton of student housing construction occur on and around both campuses, transforming swaths of North Philadelphia and Mantua, respectively. At Penn, meanwhile, we're fairly certain that the student body is roughly the same size [...]
Read More »

Perth Street Garages Will Disappear in Favor of New Homes

Bella Vista is such a settled neighborhood, it hardly sees much development activity these days. When it does, most projects are one-off homes getting renovated or rebuilt after longtime owners move on, in one way or another. It's precisely because the neighborhood is so settled that any slightly underused property surely catches the attention of developers and attracts waves of unsolicited offers. And we suspect that 729-33 Pemberton St. fit that description for a long [...]
Read More »

Kensington M.E. Church Going Residential

The Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the more historic churches in Philadelphia and it's likely you've never laid eyes on it. The church is located at 300 Richmond St., on one of the three blocks of Richmond Street between Frankford Avenue and the place where I-95 and Delaware Avenue pinch together to squeeze Richmond Street out of existence for a few blocks. So it's not exactly a place that you'd stumble onto- unless you [...]
Read More »

Harpermania Coming to the Hale Building

We've long loved the Keystone National Bank building at the corner of Juniper & Chestnut, admiring its amazing bones and wondering how such a marvelous building at such a tremendous location could have found itself in such a state of blight and disrepair. This edifice is more commonly known as the Hale Building because it's one of the most famous buildings designed by architect Willis G. Hale. Hale, who also thought up the Divine Lorraine and many buildings [...]
Read More »

What’s Going on at 10th & Girard?

Between 2003 and 2013, the Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center at 1000 W. Girard Ave. provided a safe space to neighborhood children at a tennis facility that might have felt more at home in the 'burbs then on this West Poplar corner. The community center ultimately closed due to lack of funding, and developer Michael Alhadad purchased the parcel for $1.5M in 2014. A couple years later, we openly wondered what would happen with this parcel, opining that its proximity [...]
Read More »

Hammer & String Mews Are Some of the Fishier Homes We’ve Seen

At 1305 N. 27th St. there was once an industrial building which contained a leather business back in the early 1900s, according to a historic map. More recently though, as Brewerytown went through some incredibly difficult years, the sizable property was sitting vacant and unused, like so many other properties in the neighborhood. Even more recently, as the neighborhood has seen a wave of redevelopment, this property surely caught the eyes of numerous developers, eventually selling a [...]
Read More »

Hundreds of Units Will Appear Next to Quaker Building on Poplar

If you stand at 8th & Poplar, the first thing you'll notice is the Quaker building, an old warehouse originally built for Strawbridge & Clothier in 1918, just a block to your the west. The building not only catches the eye because of its size, but also because of its poor condition, with the windows boarded up and the facade covered in graffiti. Fortunately, this building is on its way toward redevelopment into a project called "The [...]
Read More »