• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Spotted: Divine illumination, barge oasis, Customs House reveal

Our eyes are ever-peeled for interesting sights and sites. This week these three caught our attention:

DIVINE LORRAINE ILLUMINATED

    • She's Back | Divine Lorraine | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
      She's Back | Divine Lorraine | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

On Tuesday our hawkeyed Flickr Group faithful Steve Ives spotted the Divine Lorraine’s sign illuminated once again, glowing above North Broad. The Divine Lorraine has been one of Philly's most lamented and visible symbols of blight, but a rehab seems possible and the place is finally getting some attention. Divine indeed. Read more about rehab hopes for the Divine Lorraine.

SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK AFLOAT

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park
      Spruce Street Harbor Park "oasis" being built | June 12, 2014

Shipping container stalls are in place, boardwalks built, and barges anchored to create Spruce Street Harbor Park’s “oasis” in the Marina at Penn's Landing. (DRWC's Emma Fried-Cassorla shared this rad image of the barges being floated to Penn’s Landing earlier this week.) We’ll be able to experience the Spruce Street Harbor Park in all its intriguing glory come June 26 with the next #WhyILovePhilly party.

CUSTOMS HOUSE REVEALED

    • Customs House lording above the site of the Museum of the American Revolution
      Customs House lording above the site of the Museum of the American Revolution

Farewell old Independence Visitors Center, hello Custom’s House. With the bicentennial-era brick tower gone to make way for the Museum of the American Revolution - no matter how revolutionary its design ain't -  we'll be able to enjoy a new view of the Customs House, a 1930s treasure. I worked in that building once upon a time and it’s a beaut.



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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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