Morning Headlines: The Divine Lorraine Now Has A Website (And More Photos!)

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

In anticipation of the Divine Lorraine renovation, EB Realty Management Corp. unveiled a website for the historic North Broad structure a few days ago.

For some reason this makes the mixed-use project feel more official, not least for the reason that it includes a “waiting list” sign up form for those of us interested in getting up-to-the-minute updates on its progress. Other goodies: de facto list of those involved, street and building history, neighborhood impact summary, and historic and current photographs of the property.

• Digital Development: New Divine Lorraine Website Plus Pics [Curbed Philly]

In other news…

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Are Tiny Homes In? This Little Row Home Makes A Case

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How much would you shell out for a teeny tiny home? Architizer’s Matt Shaw poses the question, albeit with regards to this modern micro-abode in north London. It got us thinking about what little historic houses line the streets of our city proper, which led to this Fitler Square gem.

First off, don’t be fooled by its size. The adorable home makes good use of its available space and might even beat owning a condo (at least, that’s what the listing boasts)! Case in point, the first level open floor plan: hardwood floors, crown molding, and French doors with access to a wood-fenced yard with patio are all on display. The updated kitchen features maple cabinetry, SubZero fridge, and granite counters and backsplash among other brand appointments.

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Either/Or: Two Charmers In Bella Vista

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Left to right: Living rooms of 750 and 763 South 9th St.

Unlike the South Third row houses from weeks ago, these two aren’t neighbors. But they are on the same block: South Ninth Street between Fitzwater and Catharine. Both offer garage parking, bi-level roof decks, and a minute-walk to the Italian Market. Here are the deets:

750, which consists of two separately deeded properties sold together, includes a main house with wide-plank cypress wood floors (the interior is French farmhouse-inspired), second-floor family room with built-in office and bedroom suite, and roof decks with built-in seating (1st level) and garden and drip irrigation system (2nd level). Outside the kitchen, a brick patio and walkway lead to the rear property made up of garage and guest house.

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Morning Headlines: Montco Has Built More Apartments Than Single-Family Dwellings In Last Year

It seems Wynnewood and Conshohocken aren’t the only areas in Montgomery County aiming to reel in those looking for smaller housing. According to recent data by the Norristown Planning commission, Montgomery County housing units went up by 42 percent last year compared to 2012– the largest chunk of that increase being multifamily housing.

Philly.com’s Jessica Sparks reports the amount of single-family homes grew by 19 percent, while single-family attached homes (i.e. duplexes or row houses) rose by 12 percent. The biggest increase was seen in apartment and condo constructions, which tripled in 2013.

Sparks says the Planning Commission’s report, which displayed constructions mainly occurring in Towamencin, Upper Providence, and Montgomery Township among others, found the housing units “added $252 million in taxable property value to the county.”

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List: Most Overlooked Women in Architecture

Photo credit: Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates via BLOUIN ARTINFO.

Photo credit: Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates via BLOUIN ARTINFO.

ArchDaily recently republished its post written last year in honor of International Women’s Day listing the 10 most overlooked women in architecture history. Among those included on Nicky Rackard’s list is Philadelphia’s own Anne Tyng (the first female to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design) and Denise Scott Brown (who was a lot more than just Robert Venturi’s wife, though peers often saw her in that light).

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Morning Headlines: Free Library To Get $25 Million Grant For Branch Renovations

Photo credit: Kansas Sebastian via Flickr.

Photo credit: Kansas Sebastian via Flickr.

In news that is sure to quell left over fears from rumored library closings a fews years ago, the William Penn Foundation has promised to grant FLP $25 million over the course of three years. The donation will fund the redesign of outdated storage stacks at Central Library on Vine Street, a proposed community center addition to Lovett Memorial Library in Mount Airy, and renovations for branches on Broad Street and West Lehigh, Wagner, and Torresdale Avenues.

According to the Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin, Free Library president and director Siobahn Reardon sees the renovations as the “architectural manifestation of a recent shift in mission that concentrates on job-seekers, pre-K children, entrepreneurs and small-business owners, new Americans, people with disabilities, and consumers of medical and health-care information.”  This “shift” came after Reardon attended community forums and realized different neighborhoods needed access to different programs and information, NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins reports.

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Daily Mail Says Harmony Mountain Estate Is in Philadelphia (It’s Not)

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Poor research, click bait, or perhaps just an honest mistake caused by the British paper’s unfamiliarity with the area–for whatever the reason, a recent Daily Mail article erroneously situated Harmony Mountain in Philadelphia. Hahahah, NO.

The article claims the 16,000-square-foot home is “currently on the market in Philadelphia for $9,995,000″ and comes with a new $50,000 cash incentive from the “American homeowner desperate to sell his $10 million mansion,” which he constructed for $24.5 million.

Now, we may have profiled the massive, art-filled, bullet proof estate back in January, but rest assured: Harmony Mountain is not in Philadelphia. (Also, the real estate agent is Sotheby’s, not Sotherby’s as DM mentions.)

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Splendiferous Interiors: Center City Home Designed By Louis Navarette

Dining room interior designed by Louis Navarette.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR.

Something a little understated, yet proof that art lovers live there…that’s what the couple who live in this brick Philadelphia townhouse wanted when they approached interior designer Louis Navarette to decorate their home. The study in harmonizing contrasts that resulted from the project can be seen in the gallery below.

Among new highlights in the home is the dining room, which has an 18th-century French table, Regency chairs, and a fun, pink Venini chandelier. Artwork by Ric Best lines one of the walls, while a small Fernando Botero sculpture stands on a 19th-century porphyry column.

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Morning Headlines: Delco Residents Protest Strip Mall Proposal

 

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With clumps of vacant commercial properties already taking up room in parts of Brookhaven, it’s no wonder the borough’s council members are keeping mum on a proposal the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal calls “one of the borough’s only large parcels of open space.” Currently, the space is a baseball field and wooded lot.

The plan involves developing 26 acres of the 56-acre lot on the corner of Edgmont Avenue and Coeburn Boulevard, which the Chester Water Authority owns. Developers interested in the space plan to build a Giant Supermarket (the Giant currently across from the space would relocate to the new development), LA Fitness, restaurant, and retail space. Preliminary plans from developer Robert Hill included 770 parking spaces.

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For Sale: Historic Jenkintown Property That Belonged to Founder’s Family

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

Jenkintown may have only been incorporated in the last two centuries, but the Montgomery County borough was actually settled in 1697 by Welshman William Jenkins. One of Jenkins’ descendants, Stephen Jenkins, built this three-story home (called “Vernon”) in the area over a hundred years later, and it is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Here’s what you should know about Vernon: It’s a colonial that sits far back from the road on 2.6 acres of land and has two separate driveways leading up to it. Hardwood floors and custom millwork are home highlights, but a vaulted-ceiling family room with exposed wood, wrought-iron beams, and stone accent walls merits a mention as well (a hidden wet bar is located here).

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