Category Archives: Recent Past

Mod Winners Announced

Montgomery & Bishop’s District Health Center #1, Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Labs, and I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers were among the top vote-getters in the Alliance’s recent “I Like Mod” online poll of Philadelphia’s favorite mid-century modern architecture. Over 1600 votes were cast for 65 buildings in ten categories. Surprise winners included Juniata Park’s Ferko […]

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 […]

Spectrum: Cash, Smash and Carry

In case you can squeeze a little pillaging into your weekend schedule: 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 […]

Tomorrow’s Landmarks Today

Two things are true about architectural taste: 1) Almost every new style and new generation of buildings will eventually be loathed as out-of-date and ugly. 2) Almost every “out-of-date and ugly” style of building will eventually be appreciated as historic and beautiful. It was true for Colonial buildings, for Federal buildings, for Victorian buildings, for […]

Tube Tuesday: Architectural Wallflowers

In this gem of an interview produced by Temple University, photographer Betsy Manning and professor Ken Finkel (whose Redbricker column for Philly Brownstoner never ceases to amaze/amuse) discuss Manning’s passion for documenting the lesser-known corners of the city.  She describes her subjects as “architectural wallflowers”– overlooked, ignored, nondescript, until you stop and really see them.  The […]

Tube Tuesday: Greenbelt Knoll

Greenbelt Knoll was designated a Philadelphia Historic District in 2006, and in 2007 the residents of the neighborhood received the Preservation Alliance’s Community Action Award.  This short documentary was produced for the Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places series. For more on Greenbelt Knoll, click here.

The New Batch

Written by Kristin Hagar A magnificent block of North 2nd Street runs the gamut of Philadelphia architectural history.  Stand midway down the block between Arch and Race Streets and slowly turn around 360 degrees:  in one glimpse you’ll see the Paul Cret’s Ben Franklin Bridge, I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers, iconic Elfreth’s Alley, and a strikingly […]

Unlisted: Robinson’s

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: 1020 Market Street Architect: Victor Gruen and Elsie Krummeck Built: 1946 The former Robinson […]