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Tube Tuesday: They Do Come Back

Field Notes would’ve really jumped the shark with this bizarre piece of medical noir if it weren’t for the choice shots of vintage Philadelphia architecture contained herein– the Art Museum, 2601 Parkway, rowhouses, daylight factories, colonial revival ‘burbs.  Oh, the good old days, when the factories churned and the sanatoriums cured…. This is a Cliff […]

Unlisted: West Philadelphia Title and Trust

Unlisted is a series of portraits highlighting Philadelphia buildings not yet listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.  To learn how to protect a building by nominating it to the Register, click here. Address: 4000 Lancaster Avenue Architect: Walter Smedley Built: 1897 How is this stately bank building on the corner of Lancaster and […]

I Like Mod: Polls Close Soon!

You have until this Monday, January 10 to vote for your favorite midcentury Philadelphia buildings and sites in our “I Like Mod” election.  CLICK HERE for the ballot.  Over a thousand votes have already been tallied, and more importantly, a number of excellent write-in candidates have emerged. But we know there are many more out there.  Enjoy […]

From the Inbox

Back in July, our Unlisted series featured the former Schlichter Jute Cordage Works factory (click here to view the original post).  We just got the following note in response, and wanted to share.  Thank you, Mr. Casale, for a wonderful mystery solved! Dear Ben Leech/ Preserve Philly/field notes, my name is Cody Casale, the grandson […]

EndangeredCITY

Earlier this month, over two hundred people attended GEDO’s EndangeredCITY benefit for the Alliance at Globe Dye Works in Frankford.  In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of this spectacular event:  

Demolition Watch: Heidelberg Kerlin Farm

Distressing news from Cheltenham Township: unless an angel buyer steps forward by week’s end, one of the oldest houses in the state of Pennsylvania will be demolished. The Heidelberg Kerlin Farm dates to the earliest period of European settlement in the region, with portions of the existing stone and brick farmstead dating to the 1680s. […]

Unlisted: Horn & Hardart

Written and drawn by Ben Leech Unlisted is a series of portraits highlighting Philadelphia buildings not yet listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.  To learn how to protect a building by nominating it to the Register, click here. Address: 6828 Market Street, Upper Darby Architect: Ralph Bencker Built: c.1930 Standing just beyond the Philly […]

Spectrum: Cash, Smash and Carry

In case you can squeeze a little pillaging into your weekend schedule: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/Spectrum-Demolition-to-Begin-Monday-106619038.html If you’d like to pay the Spectrum your last respects in another way, you can vote for it in our “I Like Mod” campaign.  It is listed under the “Cultural Heritage Sites,”  one of five new categories added to the ballot last […]

Tube Tuesday: WPVI

WPVI, we hardly knew you.  Demolished earlier this year, Vincent Kling’s donut-shaped television studio on City Line Avenue sure looks like a keeper in this mod-tastic 1963 glimpse into its design and construction, featuring a star turn by Kling himself.   Click on the screenshot above for a link to the video, and apologies in advance […]

News & Notes: 10/16-10/22

New life for landmark church in South Philadelphia (Plan Philly, 10/18/10) While the struggle continues over the future of the Church of the Assumption in Callowhill, another distinctive religious building appears to have a much brighter horizon. The Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Philadelphia is in the midst of growing from its German roots […]