Property’s Weekend Agenda: Relive the Glory Days of Hohendel House

Have a cold brew at a house party that celebrates the newly renovated Hohenadel House in East Falls! This Saturday, the party will include recreated Hohenadel brews by local homebrewer Tom Coughlin, live music, and a pop-up museum with “period-appropriate furniture” and other artifacts. Further event details below.

Back in the mid-nineties, Hohenadel Brewery in East Falls was an endangered landmark that went on to be demolished in 1997. The home of the defunct brewery’s owner seemed to be heading in the same direction.

According to, the historic mansion that once housed the Hohenadel family was in such a state of disrepair that graffiti artists, squatters, and a whole other slew of blight connoisseurs had taken over. One day, someone stepped in: Read more »

Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: Szenasy, Design Advocate

For today, we suggest closing your DesignPhilly experience by going to Szenasy, Design Advocate. The event will be held at the Center for Architecture and will consist of a discussion with sustainable-design advocate Susan S. Szenasy, Center for Architecture director Hilary Jay, and architect and writer Joseph G. Brin. If you have Szenasy’s latest book, Szenasy, Design Advocate, be sure to have it on hand: a book signing will follow.

If unfamiliar with Szenasy’s work, just know this: She’s a long-standing voice in the cause for “ethical, sustainable, human-centered design.” Her most well-known role may be that of editor-in-chief  (now publisher) of Metropolis Magazine. Metropolis covers architecture, planning, interior design, and so much more and is known the world over.

The talk should prove quite interesting.

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Gallery: This Is What A Shuttered Philadelphia School Looks Like

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

If you’ve been following coverage of the school closings that swept the city, news of how the former Edward H. Bok Technical High School would be living its second life may not come as a surprise.

Last month, we reported how developer Lindsey Scannapieco plans to transform the building into what Next City calls “the city’s largest creative community space.” Indeed, Scannapieco envisions a mixed-use building with rental units, terraces, co-working spaces (a feature which, while growing in the city, is sorely lacking in East Passyunk), and a rooftop cinema. Until then, however, Bok is being used as a storage center.

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Picks: Inside an Architecture Firm and What Being an Interior Designer Really Means

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Here’s what’s on the DesignPhiladelphia agenda tonight, but below you’ll find two events that might appeal to the architecture and interior design crowd.

1.Erdy McHenry Open Studio Tour
Known for being the masterminds behind projects like the Piazza at Schmidts and, more recently, the EVO tower in University City, Erdy McHenry Architecture now invites design enthusiasts to tour their studio. Refreshments will be offered while you view in-progress projects and speak to like-minded staff and visitors.
WHAT: Erdy McHenry Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Thursday October 16th, 5:00PM – 9:00PM
WHERE: Erdy McHenry Architecture, 915 N. Orianna Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123
REGISTER: Free, no registration required

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Picks: Early American Architecture and a Pop-Up House Inspired by Street Art

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Front & Palmer via Google Street View.

Not sure which DesignPhilly events to go to tonight? Here are two we chose just for you!

1. It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
Get a crash course in early American architecture by going to this talk by architect Peter C. Archer. The Magerman Residence outside of Philadelphia will be used to explain the process behind designing homes from that era as the its design is based on architecture of the time. 
WHAT:It’s A Classic: A Traditional Home of the Early 21st Century
WHEN: Wednesday October 15th: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
WHERE: Philadelphia Center for Architecture1218 Arch St, Philadelphia PA 19107
REGISTER: Free, no registration required

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Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: AIA Awards for Design Excellence Exhibit

Sister Cities Park by Digsau, AIA Philadelphia's 2010 and 2013 Honor Award winner. Photograph by Halkin Mason Photography via

Sister Cities Park by Digsau, AIA Philadelphia’s 2010 and 2013 Honor Award winner.
Photograph by Halkin Mason Photography via

For non-members, attending the AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence gala would require a $150 registration. Lucky for us, DesignPhiladelphia has included an exhibit of projects submitted to the 2014 Awards program on its roster…for free! The exhibit is at the Shops at Liberty place and open until October 17th.

The Awards for Design Excellence is an event by AIA Philadelphia, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, that acknowledges those who hold an especially high standard of design, building efficiency, and sustainability. This year, the ceremony falls on October 20th. Ticket info for that here.

Further details on the free exhibit below.

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A Bonus Event for Readers!

In addition to our DesignPhiladelphia pick of the day, Ticket has a full roster of other goings-on this week! One we think Property readers might like? MuraLAB!

Ticket notes the TED-inspired event, which happens tomorrow, involves “an intimate group of unique and creative people who understand, in their own way, the role art plays in improving the civic landscape of cities.” Admission is free, but registration is still required to save a seat!

WHEN: Tuesday October 14th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: WHYY, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Property’s DesignPhiladelphia Pick: American Street Showroom

Once an electric company substation, the 11,000-square-foot space at American and Susquehanna has since been transformed into the American Street Showroom, an exhibit area known for showcasing original artifacts and artwork by Philadelphia-based design companies.

Today, DesignPhiladelphia has included the Showroom on their itinerary as they’re having their first pop-up show featuring carpets and furniture by Baki Ildiz. Admission is free, so no registration required!  Details below.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Three DesignPhiladelphia Picks


Before we tell you our three weekend picks–all from the city’s biggest design event, of course–we must inform you of a bonus event!

On Saturday, October 11, festivities celebrating the new Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk will take place. The center is the result of a  decade-long project that involved the Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and community input. Ticket has the details on the festivities, which will include tours and art installations.

And now, our DesignPhilly picks:

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Architype: Well Built

1616 Walnut - from Architype Well Built

1616 Walnut’s model units were designed with bold strokes by Floss Barber Inc.
Photograph by Daniel Cox.

I went to NBC 10’s website recently and was met with this headline: “450-Pound Man Hid Marijuana in Stomach Fat.” I didn’t read on — it lacked the element of surprise — but given the combo of obesity and creative problem-solving, I assumed the man was from Philly.

He’s actually from Volusia County, Florida, which made me realize I still have that retrograde notion of our city as a fat, unhealthy place. In the past few years, though, the city has experienced a health and fitness boom that’s radically changed its rep. And now one of Center City’s highest-profile commercial-to-rental conversions — 1616 Walnut — has an entire “wellness floor” with units geared to health-conscious Philadelphians.

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