Three New Homes With Mansards Proposed on Chadwick Street

A couple months back, we drew your attention to three buildings at 723-727 S. 17th St. which look like they're independent structures but are actually part of a small condo complex, along with three buildings to the east on Chadwick Street. At the time, we found out about a zoning refusal that was issued for this property which called for the demolition of the buildings on Chadwick and the construction of something new in their place. We [...]
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Could New Quadplexes at 36th & Olive Be Student Housing?

We were driving through Mantua the other day, looking into some recent projects we'd heard about, when some construction on the 3600 block of Olive Street caught our eye. This was a project we hadn't heard about previously, but the size of the two buildings currently under construction on the block struck us as we were traveling down 37th Street. Of course, we meandered down the block to investigate. View from the west The properties in [...]
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From a Farmers Market to Batting Cages to Something New on Girard

The northeast corner of 6th & Girard is home to a rather cool looking edifice which has fortunately survived years of neighborhood decline and what looks like less than ideal care from its owners over time. The building originally operated as the Sixth Street Farmers Market and was also used as a theater, a "bowling alley, pool hall, nightclub, scratch and dent appliance showroom, and makeshift porn film studio," according to Hidden City. That's not to be [...]
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Addition on South Broad Will Echo Former Bank Next Door

The east side of the 2000 block of S. Broad St. contains a mix of retail spaces, bookended by a pair of attractive buildings that were originally constructed as banks. 2001 S. Broad St. was built for the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society and is now a Citizens Bank. 2037 S. Broad St. was home to a Beneficial Bank for many years, with the bank relocating (and eventually getting bought by WSFS Bank) and the building [...]
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Big New Home Proposed on Little Hicks Street

720-22 S. Hicks St. is a two-story brick building that was originally built as a carriage house, at least according to an old listing. Going back to the early 2000s, the building was used as an artist studio, a function that probably made sense in this area at that time. At some point, probably around 15 years ago, the building was renovated into a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home with about 2,000 sqft of living space [...]
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Residential Conversion Coming Soon For Church of Crucifixion Parish Building

The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion was organized in 1847 as the second predominantly African-American Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, settling into a church building at 807 Bainbridge St. in 1884. Architect Isaac Pursell designed the building, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that he designed countless churches in the area in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century. The church was ravaged by fire and rebuilt to [...]
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New Apartments at 5th & Fairmount Would Continue a Trend on the Block

As is the case on several blocks in Northern Liberties, the south side of the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue has seen some major changes over the last decade. Starting at 414 Fairmount Ave. and moving west, all of the properties on the south side have turned over during that time, with new homes getting built and an old industrial building getting converted to apartments. On second thought, there's been one holdout, and that's 633-35 N. 5th [...]
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Headhouse Square Takes a Major Step Forward, Sans Fountain

Headhouse Square is the historic section of the historic Society Hill neighborhood, encompassing the extra-wide blocks of 2nd Street that run from South Street to Pine Street. Way back in the day, like in the days before America was a country and Betsy Ross was still walking these cobbled streets, this stretch was filled with vendors hawking their wares, and the area was known as New Market. The market was "new," and not to be [...]
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Apartments Will Finally Fill Longtime Vacancy at 3rd & Christian

It's a profoundly odd thing that the southwest corner of 3rd & Christian has been sitting vacant for over a decade. After all, Queen Village is a highly desirable neighborhood where new construction homes, such as they're built, are selling for seven figures on most blocks. But the past and present at 3rd & Christian are a little unique, and help to explain the vacancy situation. As you're probably aware, the four square blocks from [...]
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Second Tower in the Works at 5th & Spring Garden

In the last couple weeks, we've shared news about three big projects in the works in Northern Liberties, south of Spring Garden. First we told you about a pair of towers from National and KRE, with 14-story building planned at 2nd & Spring Garden and a 23-story building coming to 2nd & Willow, as part of a combined development plan along N. 2nd Street. Then we told you about plans for a 7-story tower at 5th & Callowhill from [...]
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