With demolition now under way on the former Shirt Corner and its neighbors at the northeast corner of 3rd and Market streets in Old City, we decided to swing by the site and see how things were progressing. Continue reading
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Buildings Then and Now: The art and craft of fine clothing
Friday, March 7, 2014
Lunchtime Quick Hits
Friday, March 7, 2014
Carpenter Square to get little brother by 2016; restaurant and artist search under way
Today we show you an example of a common architectural element known as a “broken pediment.” The pediment is one of the oldest decorative elements in Western architecture, dating back to ancient Greece; pediments are usually found at the top of Greek or Greek Revival buildings as well as over doors and windows. A pediment is “broken” when its apex is interrupted, usually by some other decorative element. Georgian buildings often have broken pediments whose sides end in scroll shapes, much like this one over a window. Where did we spot it?
Answer next week.
Photo by the author
Last week’s Hidden Treasure Hunt answer: One reader did correctly identify the mosaic as being the product of Henry Mercer’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, now a living history museum that still produces tiles. But no one identified where it was located. The mosaic is one of a series of mosaics celebrating the making of fabrics and clothing found in the arch over the entrance to 1424 Chestnut Street, built in 1904 as the home of carriage-trade clothier Jacob Reed’s Sons. We’ll have more about this building and its architect, Will Price, in Saturday’s “Buildings Then and Now” feature.
At its regular weekly hearing yesterday afternoon (March 5), the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a zoning variance for developer Gagan Lakhma’s plan to convert the former Mt. Sinai Hospital at 4th and Reed streets on the Pennsport-Dickinson Narrows border in South Philadelphia into a residential block with 37 single-family townhomes and 175 rental apartments. Continue reading
According to the CityPaper, South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. head Claudia Sherrod has dumped her trash headache in Point Breeze; one of the biggest telecom hotels on the East Coast changes hands; a new map from neighborhood developer MM Partners shows how Brewerytown has blossomed over the last few years; and Philly is now so appealing, urbanist writers are using it to stand in for other cities:
Sherrod dumps property in Point Breeze (Philadelphia CityPaper)
401 N. Broad in Center City sells to Amerimar, partners (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Check Out This Remapping of Brewerytown (Curbed Philly)
Urbanist Websites Confuse Philly With Boston – and With Bristol, CT (Property blog|Philadelphia magazine)
Throughout the review process, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association had been clear in its insistence that all of the residential structures proposed for the project at 414-18 Fairmount Ave. not exceed 38 feet in height.
But at its Feb. 24 meeting, the committee voted to support the project with a condo component that rises 42 feet, 11 inches above Wallace Street.
This could be characterized as a case of an immovable object meeting an irresistible force, only this time, the force gave way. Continue reading