New Creative Office Space and Apartments Coming to Midtown Village

115 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

15 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Now that it’s under new ownership, a $13 million conversion is anticipated for the five-story building on the corner of 11th and Ludlow. Brickstone Realty Companies recently purchased the property 15-21 S 11th and aims to transform it into creative office space with ground floor retail, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni.

Kostelni says the 30,000-square-foot building was “about 20 percent vacant at the time of sale,” but will breathe new life as, what Brickstone VP John Connors calls, “the poster child for creative office space.”  Indeed, the property offers a good deal of open spaces and expansive windows since it was originally built for industrial use. Renovation is set to start sometime in 2015.

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Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Mermaid Lane Residence with Gothic Dining Hall

615 W Mermaid Ln,  Philadelphia, PA, 19118

615 W Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

As the story goes, in 1889, financier Edward W. Clark Jr. commissioned George T. Pearson–an architect noted for his “eclectic Victorian taste“–to design him a home. The result was “Keewaydin,” an anchor estate in the St. Martin’s neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.

Today, Keewaydin is no more. But when it did exist, the massive property vaunted a main house and two sizable ancillary wings; one for the ballroom, the other for the kitchen and service quarters. According to James Garrison, each branch of the residence was connected at the basement level only, which made subdividing each into separate homes easy in 1958. (Read the home’s full story here.)

It’s this Jaw-Dropper, the former Keewaydin ballroom, that is on the market now.

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Morning Headlines: Proposed Chinatown Community Center Will Get $3.7 Million State Grant

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eastern Tower Community Center, a proposed 23-story tower for the northwest corner of 10th and Vine has just acquired another benefactor. The Daily News’ Julie Shaw reports that in addition to backing from foreign investors and a bank loan, the $75 million project is set to receive a $3.7 million Economic Growth Initiative grant from the state.

According to Shaw, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. spearheaded the project, which is currently the site of a parking lot. The high-rise, anticipated to bridge the gap between Chinatown North and Chinatown, will hold Chinatown’s first community center, as well as other facilities:

The tower will house Chinatown’s first community center, a preschool and after-school programming run by the Chinatown Learning Center, a bilingual health center, a gym, offices, retail shops and 143 apartments – 31 of which will be subsidized by PCDC for poor and low-income residents.

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Trinity Tuesday: Renovated in Rittenhouse

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2010 Addison St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

Nestled between Pine and Lombard is this restored trinity on quiet Addison Street. Hardwood floors, built-ins, and fireplaces are featured throughout, but distinct elements include a Duch door, dining room with brick fireplace, and an iron gate and spiral staircase that leading to the lower level.

The living room, which is on the second level, includes balcony with French doors. Also on this floor is a small study that easily makes the switch to second bedroom. The master suite is on the third level and offers cathedral ceilings and a Carrara marble bathroom with soaking tub and skylight. Gallery below.

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House vs. House: $1.8M in Bella Vista and Society Hill

Left: 248 S 3rd Street; Right: 744-46 S 10th Street.

Left: 248 S 3rd Street; Right: 744-46 S 10th Street.

Two homes, two histories, one big decision for a buyer who’s looking in the city at this price point.

First up, a historically registered five-bedroom on 10th Street between Catharine and Fitzwater with original pumpkin pine floors, stained glass windows, a marble fireplace and landscaped gardens. The kitchen won a “Best Kitchen Renovation” award from someone somewhere, and has custom maple cabinets, granite countertops and Italian tile floors. A balcony/terrace adds to a you’re-not-downtown feeling.

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Jeff Reinhold’s Renovation Fitness Regimen

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Tenants in Reinhold Reisdential apartment buildings—all of them—just got a splendid new amenity they can take advantage of.

And it’s the result of a restoration project worthy of the company that once owned several of them, Historic Landmarks for Living.

But the reconstruction of the former YMCA Naval Annex gymnasium, part of the creation of the new MetroFit fitness center at Reinhold’s Metropolitan apartment building at 117 N. 15th St., is just one of the last acts in a project that has spanned the last two years, namely, updating the old Historic Landmarks portfolio for modern tastes and demands.

“These buildings were converted in the 1980s,” Reinhold CEO Jeff Reinhold said. “It was time to bring them into the 21st century.”

This meant updating kitchens, redoing bathrooms, putting in new climate-control systems, and putting in more and bigger closets, a Reinhold specialty.

And, in the case of the Metropolitan, returning to active use a facility that Historic Landmarks, the firm that brought Carl Dranoff to prominence in Philadelphia’s development community, left alone when it converted the former lodging and recreational facility for military personnel into high-end apartments in 1984.

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Halloween Costume Idea: Le Corbusier (and Other Architects)

Photo credit: Flickr user Susleriel

Photo credit: Flickr user Susleriel

If you’re aiming to steer clear of overused costumes, Shoppist has seven disguises you should check out. Those looking for a more architecturally-inclined Halloween outfit, however, have come to the right place.

Curbed has recently created a guide to dressing like an architect, drawing inspiration from notables like Le Corbusier, Charles Renfro, and Denise Scott Brown. And although there’s no directions for how to dress like Frank Gehry, we think a simple black sweater, glasses, and a choice digit should do it.

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