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Look Up! The Victory Building proves the power of patience

After decades of deterioration, the historic Second Empire office building was restored and reborn for residential and commercial use.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

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Look Up! Roxborough’s remarkable country church

It took 23 years and two architects to complete one of the region’s great High Victorian Gothic buildings.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

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Allison Building project and parklet to enhance Roxborough's Ridge corridor

A century-old building at the heart of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor will be preserved and renovated next year, and a new adjacent parklet will add some green to the neighborhood.…

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Look Up! A Spanish mission for education in Overbrook

The Overbrook School for the Blind is a grand example of the Spanish Renaissance style adopted for a campus.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

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Look Up! Public Ledger Building recalls golden age of publishing

Horace Trumbauer wrapped his building in angelic white marble and strong, gritty brick.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week,…

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Look Up! A quirky Queen Anne home with a colorful history

Once attributed to Frank Furness, the building on South Broad was actually designed by another creative residential architect.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

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Look Up! Art studio once housed historic fire company

The bay doors on the handsome South Broad Street building reveal its original purpose in 19th century Philadelphia.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and…

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Look Up! A Venetian palazzo for an elite fraternity

  Wilson Eyre designed the outstanding building that once served as a social hall for an exclusive men’s club.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

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Look Up! Colonial house reborn as a boutique hotel

The Morris House Hotel has a modestly elegant presence, but a grand history.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo…

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Look Up! Integrity Trust buildings are tales of two eras

A bank company founded on solid immigrant success eventually failed in a period of economic despair. But its architectural legacy lives on.    “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages…

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Look Up! Leading architects from two centuries designed historic church

Robert Smith designed the pre-Revolutinary building. William Strickland added the steeple more than 80 years later.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

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Look Up! French financier built Greek Revival homes in red brick Society Hill

The buildings on Girard Row are exceptional rowhouse designs, with marble facades on the ground floor.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

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Look Up! The country home of an urban pioneer

Before he changed the look of modern city skylines, architect George Howe was a master of pastoral suburban mansions.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

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Look Up! An imposing presence on the eastern skyline

The U.S. Custom House is a blend of governmental authority and Art Deco power.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

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Look Up! The long line of the Market Street Bridge

The 1930s span is the most permanent of the many incarnations that have crossed the Schuylkill.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

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Look Up! The “concrete castles” of Doylestown

Henry Mercer was a great collector, but also an architect with a singular vision.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

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Look Up!: Great architects brought variety of styles to Wyncote

The quiet village of Wyncote is renowned in diverse circles for a few of its former residents, including the poet Ezra Pound, the baseball legend Reggie Jackson, and the Netanyahu brothers…

    • The severe Van Dyke Residence, 150 West Walnut, is also attributed to Samuel Sloan.

Look Up! A gilded age of architecture in the Germantown landscape

The city’s first suburb was a canvas for great design and a variety of 19th century styles.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical…

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Look Up! Train station welcomed residents to city’s first garden suburb

The Tulpehocken Station has been restored, but awaits a new occupant to serve commuters and visitors to Germantown.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • The Federal-style house can be seen from the top of Kelly Drive.

Look Up! The vantages of Lemon Hill

Restoration of Lemon Hill has opened up great views of the 1799 house from Kelly Drive and wonderful vistas of the city from atop the historic property.   “Look Up!” is…

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