The corner of Race Street and Delaware Avenue has been abuzz with construction activity for months now, as FringeArts works to convert an old High-Pressure Fire Service pump house into its permanent home.
As PlanPhilly has previously reported, FringeArts is transforming the 110-year old pump house into the organization's headquarters and a year-round performance space. The aim is to have the theater, studio, and FringeArts offices open in time for this year’s Festival in September.
During the past few months, evidence of the renovation work has become increasingly visible, and much of the vintage equipment has been cleared from inside the pump house. But lately contractors have performed an amazing reveal that is on view right now: For the first time in years the large-scale entryways and windows have been cleared of glass block and bricks to show their elegant, monumental scale. It's an exciting glimpse of the past and the future.
Here's a look from earlier today:
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.