gorgeous old buildings

A shoe store at 4002 Lancaster Ave. is being replaced by a take-out restaurant, according to a zoning application from a couple of months ago.

In the past
A few weeks back

We don't have information on what's going into this space, but we were struck by the gorgeous building just a couple of doors away. The West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company was built in 1897 and designed by Walter Smedley, according to the Preservation Alliance. While numerous impressive and attractive details remain, the building has not been designated historic. Whether the unfortunate signage from businesses that have taken up residence in the grand structure has anything to do with that, we do not know.