A post specifically for the Naked Philly section of the site

John Gorgas House Picking Up a Contemporary New Neighbor?

John Jacob Gorgas emigrated to the Pennsylvania colony in the late 1600's with a fella named Wilhelm Rittenhouse. Mr. Rittenhouse, who founded the first paper mill on this side of the Atlantic, was the patriarch of a rather famous Philadelphia family, and you've probably heard of a certain Center City park named for his nephew. The Gorgas family, which also engaged in the paper making trade, was a touch less famous than the Rittenhouse family, but they still [...]
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Renderings for a Slowly Arriving Project at 3rd & Girard

We are now at about three years of total vacancy at the southwest corner of 3rd & Girard, a site we've visited a few times before on this website. Historically, there was a bar at the corner, most recently occupied a place cleverly called, uh, 3rd & Girard Bar. The bar building only took up a fraction of the property in question, as most of it was covered by a lumber yard. Amazingly, at least a [...]
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Rite Aid Replacing Rite Aid at 9th & Catharine

Palumbo's was a fixture for neighborhood life at the corner of 9th & Catharine for over a hundred years, starting in the late 1800s. It originated as a boarding house for Italian immigrants, eventually expanding into a restaurant, a music hall, and an event space which was home to countless events and gatherings over its many years in operation. Famous musical acts like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mario Lanza entertained at Palumbo's per [...]
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Dueling Projects Improving Two Corners on Ridge in Roxborough

A reader reached out to us recently, noting two ongoing projects on the 6600 block of Ridge Avenue which will soon add some nice density (and not enough parking, eek) to this area. Before we get into the upcoming developments though, first let's take a look back at what was here previously: 6604 Ridge Ave., in the past Old image of 6618 Ridge Ave. 6604-12 Ridge Ave. had been home to a small strip mall [...]
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Duplexes Will Fill a Sizable Lot at 6th & Cecil B Moore

In covering just about any new project in South Kensington, we're legally obligated to mention the neighborhood's industrial past, even as that history relates less and less to the neighborhood's present and future. As we're generally believers in abiding by the laws of the land, let's look together at 1643 N. 6th St., which is currently a large and vacant grassy lot that measures about half an acre. Looking at some historic maps though, we see [...]
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Dueling Demolitions on Frankford Avenue Will Result in a Pair of New Buildings

Frankford Avenue will soon have a pair of new mixed-use buildings, located pretty much across the street from each other. We suspect that the timing of the construction for both of these projects will be more or less aligned, as the timing of their demolition is lined up pretty closely. First, let's take a look at 1538-44 Frankford Ave., which developers purchased about a year ago for a combined $1.25M. In the past Current view We covered [...]
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New Building Will Appear on Chester Avenue, Next to the Tracks

There's an irregularly shaped parcel at 4921 Chester Ave. which measures about 1500 sqft, and you'd never know it's there unless someone told you. The reason its existence isn't obvious is because it sits immediately adjacent to the submerged Media-Elwyn Regional Rail tracks, and its frontage is hidden by a metal fence and some jersey barriers. It's there though, and it's been sitting vacant for decades - but that won't be the case for much [...]
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More Apartments Plus Office Space Coming to the 4200 Block of Chestnut

Intercultural Family Services is a non-profit organization which provides critical services in the local community. They provide Family Empowerment Services, serve as a behavioral health provider for children, assist participants with money management, and pursue truancy prevention with children, among other things. The organization is based out of a couple buildings on the 4200 block of Chestnut Street, with their main office located on the north side of the street, and a behavioral health center in a [...]
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Progress For Two Projects at 25th & Dickinson, on Opposite Sides of the Viaduct

Ah, the 25th Street viaduct. There's no better way to know that you're leaving Point Breeze and entering Grays Ferry, or vice versa. This cement structure which covers 25th Street in a perpetual shadow has one purpose, and that's to transport CSX trains across town. While that's awesome for CSX, it's less than optimal for everyone else, as the viaduct not only casts those pesky shadows, but it's also in a state of horrible disrepair. [...]
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Historic Mt. Airy National Bank Should Likely Getting Converted to Apartments

Since 1965, the 4500-6600 blocks of Germantown Ave. have been listed as a district on the National Historic Register. The blocks of Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill were listed in 1985, and the gap between these districts was closed in 1987, as the 6700-7600 blocks joined the register. We were under the impression that some of these blocks had been listed on the local historic register for years, but we've learned that this is not the [...]
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