News and Notes: 10/1-10/8

News and Notes: 10/1-10/8

Around Philly, a fourth-generation business built on building (Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/3/10)

It’s a playful version of I Dare You: Name any neighborhood or town around Philadelphia, and 86-year-old Charles Kahn Jr. will show you how, over a century, his family has left its mark there.  Continue reading….

Look Up! 19th Century rural retreats in northeast Philly (Plan Philly, 10/4/10)

Former farmland sprouted rowhomes and duplexes in Northeast Philadelphia during the post-war housing and baby boom. But a century before, the area was a bucolic retreat for some of Philadelphia’s most affluent citizens, and a few remarkable estates survived the wave of suburban development. Continue reading….

From bank building to billiards club and beyond (

The restoration of 1200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, a long-vacant landmark building to its former grandeur, has begun. The plans retain the building’s historic beauty, while adding a touch of “now.”  Continue reading…

Train Track Classicism (Objects-Buildings-Situations 10/6/10)

Pennsylvania Station at 30th Street is one of the greatest monuments of Beaux Arts classicism in Philadelphia. Louis Kahn insisted that every visitor to the city enter through this monument (rather than by car or airplane). Continue reading….

Brownstoner’s Buildings of the Day (10/4/10 – 10/7/10)

Philadelphia Traction Company, Ryerss Museum and Library, Weccacoe Recreation Center, Upsala.  Click here to view….

The Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District (Brownstoner)

Extending across most of the southwestern quarter of Center City and encompassing examples of the built environment from the Civil War straight through to current construction, Rittenhouse-Fitler is one of Philadelphia’s most visible historic neighborhoods.  Continue reading here and here….

Philadelphia granary plan harvests a bounty of bland design (Inquirier 10/8/10)

When we last left the massive redoubt of the old granary at 20th and Callowhill Streets, Pearl Properties was proposing to scale its great turreted roof with a thrilling, though problematic, design for an apartment tower. But because the former grain silo is a certified landmark, the Historical Commission rightly poured hot oil on the idea.  Continue reading….

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