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    • Columbia Singing Society | © Bob Bruhin

From 'Main Street Modernism' to common fabric: 19 sites considered for historic designation

From prime examples of “Main Street Modernism” to common neighborhood rowhouse blocks, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on designation recommended last week that 19 properties be added to the Philadelphia Register…

    • Learning Landscapes: Play Structure | Story Structure, Ground Reconsidered Landscape Architecture (lead)

Designers compete to put play into Philadelphia’s public spaces

“I’ve recently started to see public spaces in the eyes of children,” said Alexa Bosse, an architect and mother of three-year old twins. “It’s surprising how little opportunities for being outside…

    • Current street view of the former Pure Oil Service Station on Lancaster and 44th. (photo by author)

Roadside Americana on Lancaster Avenue

PennDesign student and community contributor Angelina Jones uncovered an interesting roadside relic in Mill Creek, which helps illuminate the history of both the Lincoln Highway and Americans falling hard for their…

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ABOUT MILL CREEK

Mill Creek is generally bounded by West Girard Ave to the north, Belmont Avenue to the east, 52nd Street to the west and stretches from Haverford Avenue to Market Street in some areas. It is named for the a large creek which was culverted into a sewer in the 19th century.

The neighborhood was formerly home to Mill Creek Apartments, a public housing project designed by Louis Kahn in the early 1950s. Its three 17-story high rise project towers were demolished in 2002 and replaced with suburban-style low-rise houses, a development named Lucien Blackwell Homes after the congressman.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN MILL CREEK

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