What Could the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Look Like in 2050?

Winning professional proposal by Stanev Architects, Courtesy The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Winning professional proposal by Stanev Architects, Courtesy The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum of the Future–while it may sound like a pitch for a bygone World’s Fair, it was actually the topic of a recent conceptual design competition open to students and professionals in celebration of the library/museum’s 200th anniversary.  Winners of the “Looking forward: Re-imagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia” competition were recently announced, and let’s just say that the location of the  “timeless” building at South 6th Street and Saint James Court overlooking Washington Square could look a lot different in the year 2050, the focus year of the competition.

According to the outline of the competition, the scene is this: the historic Athenaeum was recently disassembled, moved and then re-assembled in Fairmount Park. Conceptual design proposals for the the corner, now an imaginary vacant lot, “must re-imagine” the Athenaeum without its historic building while incorporating the future of libraries and museums in 2050–that’s pretty heavy stuff, Doc. Here’s more info on the winners

Art Museum Area Home on Cherry Blossomed Block of North 21st Now Pending Sale

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach  - Bryn Mawr.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Shortly after being listed a few weeks ago, this wholly modern townhouse was plucked off the market. Can’t say we’re surprised given the gorgeous scene that envelopes the block once spring rolls around!

But cherry trees aside, the home itself is a splendid construction in its own right: carefully renovated interior, skylights, pocket doors, wood-burning stove, and even a roof deck with a view of the skyline. There’s also a living room with built-in bookshelves crafted from repurposed parts of the original building and an eat-in kitchen with hand-poured concrete countertops and French doors leading to a patio.

The master suite, meanwhile…

Massive Upgrades for Central Library

Photo credit: Kansas Sebastian via Flickr.

Photo credit: Kansas Sebastian via Flickr.

In addition to having a scheduled fresh pedestrian-friendly redesign right outside its doors, the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine will also be getting a facelift to its interior. Lest you forgot, the William Penn Foundation committed to donating a $25 million grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia back in September (the largest donation to FLP ever).

Most of this sum is reserved for five select library branches, while a remaining $7 million will go to refurbishing the inside of Central.  According to Philadelphia Weekly’s Josh Kruger, FLP president Siobhan Reardon says the changes to Central involve removing the six-level stacks at the back of the library (already done) and, get this: creating a common space akin to the flourishing coworking spaces in other parts of the city:

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Main Line Monday: $3.49 Million Estate Comes with Basketball Court Guest Suite

All TREND photos via Keller Williams.

All TREND photos via Keller Williams.

It’s not the Basketball Hardwood Suite at the Palms (which is an actual 10,000-square-foot hotel suite with an indoor basketball court and professional locker room), but it’s probably as close as we’ll get to it around these parts. See, this Main Line estate includes a recreation barn that has a “sports court” on the first level and a two bedroom suite with kitchen, living room, and bathroom on the second level.

The main house is also a fully renovated structure with the exception of its fieldstone facade, which dates back 100 years. Inside, the home offers several fireplaces, two office spaces, and a master suite with two walk-out porches and a dressing suite with an island.

Plus…

Morning Headlines: Vine Street Bridges Slated for Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

According to the Inquirer’s Paul Nussbaum, seven of the Vine Street Expressway bridges between 22nd and the former Family Court building at 1801 Vine are set for a five-year renovation that will “make the strip prettier and more functional.” The $82 million project will include 31 new park benches and the creation of a new park near Central Library, which will require the “5,625-square-foot wedge between 20th Street and Shakespeare Park” be capped.

Nussbaum reports the makeover would also result in Winter Street being realigned to intersect with the Ben Franklin Parkway, which will make “new space for greenery and pedestrians.”

There will, however, be a brief pause in construction when a certain visitor makes his way into town: Keep reading to see who puts the massive project on hold…

North Bowl Teases Us With Instagram Pics of South Bowl

South Bowl site as of August 2014, via Google Street View

South Bowl site as of August 2014, via Google Street View

Hey you, remember around two years ago when North Bowl said they were going to be opening an enormous sister bowling center 19 East Oregon Avenue? Unless you live down in Pennsport/Whitman, frequent Tony Luke’s or commute on I-95, chances are good that you forgot about it.

Well, consider yourself shaken from your bowling slumber: North Bowl and South Bowl just posted some fine interior shots of the project on Instagram. Let’s just say that they’re the type of pictures that get us all kinds of giddy inside.

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Reduced and Pending: Chestnut Hill House Where a Jodie Foster Movie was Filmed

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Blue Bell.

All TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Blue Bell.

Lynnewood, a three-story house resting atop 3.5 acres and vaunting the respect of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, is now under contract. As one would imagine, the home has architectural pedigree and is the site of a scene in Stealing Home, a romantic comedy starring Jodie Foster (more on that here).

Movie trivia aside, the home boasts high casement windows, French doors, and a master suite with a porch and view of the grounds. There’s also a 5-car garage and guest apartment.

See the gallery below…(sorry, no Jodie cameo)

Developer Presents Plans for 24-Unit Apartment in West Philly

The propposed apartment is set to take the place of the former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011. Photo via Google Street View

The former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011.
Photo via Google Street View

During a meeting with the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee yesterday, developers behind a proposed 24-unit apartment building presented their plan, which is set to accommodate low-income residents, “particularly veterans” and replace the burned down building at 4536 Spruce, according to Mike Lyons at West Philly Local:

The Mission First Housing Group‘s building would include 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments aimed at people with a household income of $36,000 a year or less and is contingent on state funding. Mission First hopes to improve its chances for funding by going through the zoning process, which will require variances for building height, erecting a multi-family structure and not providing parking.

Lyons adds that the project would also offer both an indoor compactor and bike storage. Parking was not proposed.

Affordable housing plan at 46th and Spruce back in front of Spruce Hill zoning committee [West Philly Local]

Tinicum Township Home That’s So Picturesque It Could Have Been Inspired by a Children’s Storybook

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.

Not to be confused with the Tinicum Township south of Philadelphia, this Tinicum home, called “the Old Weaver Homestead,” is a Bucks County property through and through, and, much like the neighboring country cottage of our dreams, it’s a charming two-bedroom with a delightful interior.

Raising its appeal even further is a nearby running stream, little milk house (used as a gym), and two barns, one of which has been converted into a storage and guest apartment (first and second levels, respectively), while the other contains stalls and a greenhouse area for growing vegetables in the winter.

Continue on to see the beautiful gallery…

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