• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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Blumenfeld snags Divine Lorraine at sheriff sale

Eric Blumenfeld did it. Today Blumenfeld acquired the Divine Lorraine (again) for just over $8 million. This year, we've…

Rodin Museum Rejuvenation

While Paul Cret was designing Albert Barnes’ gallery in Merion, his office was also working on plans for the Rodin Museum…

Hardship at 40th and Pine

This week three very different hardship cases have the attention of Philadelphia’s preservation community. The Church of the Assumption case was…

Still Smoldering: Preventing the next Buck

When I stood looking at the still smoldering wreckage that was the Buck factory on Monday evening, a Jasper Street resident…

Developer dreams on an artsy future for old school at Spring Garden and Broad

Developer Eric Blumenfeld is dreaming up a new future for the vacant Thaddeus Stevens School of Practice on Spring Garden Street…

Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building to be reused as Police Command Center

Today the vacant but majestic Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building has one inhabitant - a hawk living in the tower. But…

St. Boniface is all but gone, Central United Methodist Church on its way down

These are trying times for Philadelphia's aging religious buildings. The Frankford Gazette reports that demolition work has started at Central United…

President's House Compromised

Nothing is easy for the President’s House site on Independence Mall. The memorial’s inception, discovery, planning, and design stirred debate. And…

Grappling with preservation in Overbrook Farms

What the heck is going on with the Overbrook Farms Historic District? Everything and nothing, apparently. The Historical Commission has been…

UPDATED: The Imperative Divine Lorraine

UPDATED:  After Mayor Nutter announced the city‘s renewed commitment to seeing the Divine Lorraine redeveloped, the Inquirer reports that unnamed…

Preserve Philadelphia's Future

[gallery] These are this year’s faces of endangered Philadelphia. The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s 2011 list of endangered properties came…

City seeks study of Family Court Building as prelude to redevelopment

After a false start in 2010, the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine Street could be redeveloped yet. First, the city…

Emergency grant for 19th Street Baptist Church gives glimmer of hope for urgent repairs

Since late summer, there has been intense speculation that Philadelphia may lose a church by Frank Furness at the corner of…

Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

Crews started demolishing the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut today to make way for a new high-rise residential tower…

Preserving Eastern State Penitentiary

Cell Block at Eastern State Penitentiary | Jeremy MarshallEastern State Penitentiary gets loads of traffic this time of year thanks…

Red threads through Gray Area

Last week, DesignPhiladelphia brought together design thinkers and practitioners for a discussion called “Gray Area: Provocations on the Future of Preservation.” The…

New slate roof graces Pennsylvania Hospital's Pine Building

America’s first public hospital sits at the corner of 8th and Pine streets, and its oldest wing is getting a new…

New Life at Old High Pressure Fire Service Building

Hawk-eyed visitors to the Race Street Pier might have noticed action this week at the High Pressure Fire Service building across…

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