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FringeArts' conversion of pump house is progressing

    • WRT rendering of the future FringeArts HQ
      WRT rendering of the future FringeArts HQ

The corner of Race Street and Delaware Avenue has been abuzz with construction activity for months now, as FringeArts works to convert an old High-Pressure Fire Service pump house into its permanent home.

As PlanPhilly has previously reportedFringeArts is transforming the 110-year old pump house into the organization's headquarters and a year-round performance space. The aim is to have the theater, studio, and FringeArts offices open in time for this year’s Festival in September.

During the past few months, evidence of the renovation work has become increasingly visible, and much of the vintage equipment has been cleared from inside the pump house. But lately contractors have performed an amazing reveal that is on view right now: For the first time in years the large-scale entryways and windows have been cleared of glass block and bricks to show their elegant, monumental scale. It's an exciting glimpse of the past and the future.

Here's a look from earlier today:

    • Almost all of the huge window openings have been cleared. May 2013
      Almost all of the huge window openings have been cleared. May 2013
    • Monumental-scale window opening
      Monumental-scale window opening
    • Seeing from Delaware Ave through to Race St
      Seeing from Delaware Ave through to Race St
    • A worker patching an arched masonry window opening along Race Street.
      A worker patching an arched masonry window opening along Race Street.
    • A worker covers up one of the window openings with plastic.
      A worker covers up one of the window openings with plastic.
    • On the rear facade, you can see the bricked and glass-blocked openings of the past.
      On the rear facade, you can see the bricked and glass-blocked openings of the past.
    • What will be the main door and cleared windows. May 2013
      What will be the main door and cleared windows. May 2013
    • Future home of FringeArts, May 2013
      Future home of FringeArts, May 2013
    • The massive open entryway on Delaware Avenue
      The massive open entryway on Delaware Avenue
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About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.



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