Habitat: Fishtown Church Conversion

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photographer Dominic Episcopo and his wife, Dawn, a makeup artist, have lived in their Fishtown home for 10 years — though calling it a “home” doesn’t do it justice. The former church is vast — much larger than the kind of home Dominic had in mind, even though he was searching for a live-work environment. “It was too much space,” he said, “but it was less [expensive] than most properties that I was looking at, and it had three to four times the space.” He’d only been to Fishtown a few times before he bought there, but the church sealed the deal.

Dominic describes his home’s style as eclectic.

“The building gives off a goth vibe and we painted the woodwork and molding black. I’m a collector so we have everything from animal hides to Persian rugs, 50s modern furniture and industrial objects and antiques. We have great art, mostly photography. I also have a pretty big record collection and vintage rock posters and art.”

His favorite rooms are his studio — “it’s pretty awesome” — and the bedroom.

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Art Deco Meets Old-Fashioned in Fairmount

Photo : Conrad Benner

Photo : Conrad Benner

Name/Occupation: Kevin Clerkin, founder of Walk On Socks, and fashion writer/editor Laura Camerlengo, who works with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Costume and Textiles collection

Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum

Why did you choose to call this neighborhood home?
Kevin: “We love this neighborhood because it’s laid back and walkable, and it has a lot of great restaurants. Plus, it’s close to Laura’s job, and to Center City.”

How would you describe your home’s style?
Laura: “It’s probably best described as ‘bringing the past into the present.’ Our building dates to 1940, and some of the things that attracted us to this apartment were the original details, like the built-in cabinets in the kitchen and the parquet floors throughout. When we were decorating, we tried to find items from that same period, like the Art Deco ceiling panels from Provenance in our dining room. We mixed these items with new purchases, hand-me-downs from our friends and family, and a few DIY pieces.”

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Habitat: Artsy, International Vignettes in Passyunk Square

Photo by Conrad Benner

Photo by Conrad Benner


Name: Julia Koral
Neighborhood: Passyunk Square

Where are you from, and why did you choose to call Passyunk Square home?
“I’m originally from NEPA (Northeastern PA.) I moved here in 1999 for undergrad at UArts. Two years after I graduated I made my way to Brooklyn for grad school, and returned in 2008 for my current job at Urban Outfitters — I work in the home office designing store displays. I have always gravitated to South Philly. It’s comfortable. It’s home.”

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Habitat: French Country Meets Philly Contemporary in Point Breeze

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Name(s): Antoinette Marie Johnson (CEO/Founder at At Media), Tyler Westnedge (Director at At Media)
Neighborhood: Point Breeze

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

How long have you lived in your house?
Antoinette: “We purchased our home in 2009, from a builder who was frustrated at the market and about to list the home for rent. We used that to our advantage and bought it at much lower than market value.”

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

Photo: Conrad Benner

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