Using a meticulous interview process to weed out lesser qualified buyers, the Philadelphia School District has kept four of twenty bidders interested in the shuttered school buildings listed for expedited sales.
The Cheswold estate’s original owner was Pennsylvania Railroad president A.J. Cassatt, brother of impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. A.J.’s daughter Elsie and her husband J. Plunkett Stewart had the home and stable redesigned by Chapman & Fraser. Now just the stable is left, but it’s quite a stable.
An agreement to demolish / rehabilitate the former properties of slumlord Robert Coyle has come to naught. The deal, made in September 2012, was between the city and Kenpor L.P. It involved the holding company getting 98 of the properties in exchange for paying the city $300,000 with $630,000 added overtime.
Tomorrow morning, four of the five contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license will appear one more time before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Each will have 15 minutes to sum up why they should get it, while opponents will have equal time to say why they shouldn’t. Read more »
The proposed adaptive reuse of St. Margaret’s Church, also known as the Gleason Center, made headway this past Wednesday after the Narberth Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for the project.
Developer Ted Moser plans to convert the church to a condo with four two-bedroom units and underground garage with eight parking spaces, while making minimal changes to the building’s exterior. However, certain conditions must be met before the conversion can go through, according to the Main Line Times:
What is it that sets apart these Graduate Hospital homes from each other? It could be that the unassuming house at Fitzwater Street is the only one less than a minute from where Marian Anderson once lived. Or that the home at St. Albans is just two blocks from where scenes for The Sixth Sense were filmed (that was 2302, if you were wondering).
If star-studded connections fall by the wayside, maybe the Catherine Street house is more your type. It’s on quiet street near an elementary school and playground. Turn the corner and you’re met with an array of eateries.
“How do you respond to a development where the architecture is awful, but the urbanism is terrific?” asks architecture critic Inga Saffron. The development with this figurative double-edged design sword is the Church of Latter Day Saints’ proposed meetinghouse and 32-story tower planned for 16th and Vine.
The two buildings — designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects — have two vastly dissimilar styles.
Once an artist’s atelier, this quirky Queen Village house has since evolved into something roomier…and multi-use. Perhaps to its advantage, the home’s unconventional layout leaves it open to a wide range of possibilities
To begin, the main residence has three bedrooms, one on each level. The top floor houses the master suite which has views of the neighborhood and plenty of closets. A loft area hovers above the high-ceilinged open space that is the ground floor kitchen and dining room.