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    • Historical Commission, 109-131 N. 2nd St.

Mixed-use apartment complex proposed for historic Old City building

A group of developers doing business as National Patriot LLC are hoping to redevelop a historic Old City building into a mixed-use apartment complex. The building, formerly National Products, was certified…

    • New ceiling Lincoln Hall

Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League

For more than 100 years, the grand ballroom in the Union League hosted the organization’s most important events, from dinner-dances to major addresses by Republican leaders of the city and state,…

    • Industrial sunset, South Philly. Photos by Philadelphia Photos

Councilman calls for hearing on preservation of industrial land

Councilman Bobby Henon will introduce a resolution Thursday morning calling for City Council to hold hearings on industrial land preservation in Philadelphia. “A public hearing on these issues will enable the…

    • Hale
Eyes on the Street

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of older, smaller buildings is an extraordinary, but undervalued, asset. So…

    • Azalea Gardens birds-eye rendering | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Committee approves development plans for historic property at 40th & Pine

The Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Tuesday morning to approve the design plans for Azalea Gardens, a 122-unit apartment complex planned for the historic property at 40th and…

    • Penn received permission to demolish the building it owns at 40th and Pine streets.

New opinion filed in 40th and Pine preservation case

Judge Ellen Ceisler of the Court of Common Pleas has filed an opinion asking the Commonwealth Court to deny an appeal of her decision earlier this year that upheld rulings of…

    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not envision a reuse for the deteriorating landmark on South Street.…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • The 104-year-old house at 415 W. Moreland Ave. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

'Beyond repair' home at heart of historic-preservation battle in Chestnut Hill

The proposed demolition of a historically significant house and the subdivision of the lot for the construction of two new homes would set a dangerous precedent for Chestnut Hill, according to…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • Love Letter
Eyes on the Street

Join CityLove to explore Philly: June 14-20

Later this month city-huggers armed with smart phones will be out exploring the city, meeting up for Instagram photo walks, and exploring some of Philly’s iconic and historic places. From June…

    • The renovation project included the Paul Cret pachyderm house and surrounding grounds, Photo courtesy of SMP Architects
Eyes on the Street

Well Preserved: 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards

From a fountain with seahorses to cherubs on a bus loop, Paul Cret’s Pachyderm house to Robert Smith’s St. Peter’s Church – the 27 people and projects that will be honored…

    • 3711 Melon Street, on its last day standing
Eyes on the Street

Dust to Dust: 3711 Melon Street's homegoing

This weekend Mantua bid farewell to a 142 year resident – 3711 Melon Street. This house was reduced to a heap of bricks, but not without a sometimes tearful, sometimes jubilant…

    • Bull's Eye Darts and Computer Guy, May 2014
Eyes on the Street

Tacony celebrates 15 refreshed storefronts

Tacony Community Development Corporation has worked with commercial property owners renovate 15 storefronts in the last year – that’s more than any other corridor has accomplished in a single year period.…

    • Blue brick alley
Eyes on the Street

Historic street repair pilot program starts in July

It’s no secret that we love Philly’s network of wee streets – from blue brick alleys to wood-paved Camac. So it’s with interest that we heard that the Streets Department is…

    • John Grady, CEO Seaport Museum

Olympia looks to local community and national support to keep her afloat

A new gangplank was installed last week to welcome visitors aboard the Cruiser Olympia, a practical upgrade but also a symbolic gesture for Philadelphia’s most historic and long-beleaguered warship.   The…

    • Lowe
Eyes on the Street

Rick Lowe's Gray Area: Where social sculpture meets neighborhood preservation

Twenty years ago when Rick Lowe first saw Houston’s Third Ward, an historically African American neighborhood, he saw vacant, tax-delinquent properties that the city was poised to raze. Instead 22 of…

    • Weccacoe Playground, May 2014
Eyes on the Street

Sensitivity and the search for common ground at Weccacoe Playground / Bethel Burying Ground

Each marker and memorial at the Bethel Burial Ground in Queen Village was intended to endure. But forever is a long time. Neighborhood kids have played at Weccacoe Playground, between…

    • Looking Up: St. John the Baptist
Eyes on the Street

Structural concerns at St. John the Baptist in Manayunk

St. John the Baptist, Manayunk’s major Catholic Church, is a landmark in every sense of the word. But at 120 years old St. John’s is need of significant repair.  The church…

    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School / Design Center
Eyes on the Street

Design Center in the works for former Catholic School

As schools close and parishes wither there are few bright spots when it comes to many Catholic campuses across the city, but thanks to some creative partnerships, new uses are finding…

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