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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You Can Still Come to Property’s DesignPhilly Event


So DesignPhiladelphia starts today and we’re happy to report that our own event–Property Presents: Tales from the Design World–is sold out! Can’t wait to meet all you lovely readers!

But guess what? If you forgot to register, don’t fret–you can still come! Our story time powwow is still free, but will be standing room. Hope to see you there!

Details below:

WHAT: Property Presents: Tales from the Design World
WHEN: Thursday October 9th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
WHERE: AIA Bookstore & Design Center, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Five Home Design Apps For Your Next Project

Maybe you’re furniture arrangement needs a little switch up or you’re about to embark on a top-to-bottom room remodeling. (Or maybe some splendiferous interiors have got you inspired?) Whatever the reason, here are five home design apps to help you get started:

Color Capture (Android or iPhone) – For when you find the perfect wall color, except it’s on a stranger’s purse and you don’t know what it’s called. Just snap a pic and get matching paint colors instantly.

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Gallery: The New Schuylkill Boardwalk

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Schuylkill Boardwalk. Photo by Laura Kicey

The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, but photographer Laura Kicey went before the crush of excited runners, bikers, walkers, and general enjoyers to get some shots so you can see exactly where and how it wends. We’ll have more coverage of opening festivities later. For now, GAWK. Gallery below.

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DesignPhiladelphia Special VIP Offer!

design-philadelphia-logoThat’s right — if you register today for Property’s event at DesignPhiladelphia, you can get a front-row seat for FREE. Let me explain.

For the event, I decided to bring together a bunch of really funny, creative folks in and around the design world — people who develop properties, or write fiction about architects, or design urban farms, or photograph designs in progress, or do interior design on the Main Line for clients who think they’re too young and naive. Many people who have stories. Participants include Nathaniel Popkin, Khara Cartagena, Bradley Maule, Gretchen Kubiak, Nic Esposito, GroJLart, and more!

These people will be sharing their experiences during a storytelling hootenanny with an audience — that’s YOU! — at the AIA Bookstore and Design Center at 12th and Arch on October 9th. All the event info is below, and if you register now, or tomorrow, or, like, anytime before the event, YOU WILL GET IN FOR FREE.

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Morning Headlines: St. Laurentius Decree Takes Effect Today

st laurentius church

Photo of St. Laurentius at Memphis and Berks in Fishtown: Google Street View.

For Philadelphia’s Roman Catholics, Sunday’s generally a day of prayer, but this week it was anything but for one Fishtown church, St. Laurentius, which Archbishop Chaput “decertified,” meaning it’s no longer a Roman Catholic church.

However, the decertification says the building can be used in the future for “profane but not sordid use,” according to the Inquirer — and that’ll be true even if it’s demolished and condos are put in its place.

Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the decree means that if the church is demolished or put to another use, the property could not be used for any purpose contrary to Catholic teachings. The order takes effect Wednesday…

John Wisniewski, a longtime member of St. Laurentius, said that a group of parishioners has hired a canon lawyer and that an appeal of the relegation was being sent to the Vatican.

While an appeal is in process, the church cannot be torn down, Gavin said.

Archbishop decertifies Fishtown church [Inquirer]

More headlines, this way…

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Mid-Century Modern Sale


I feel for Joe Ujj, the person who’s having a mid-century modern furniture/art/lighting/accessories sale this weekend in New Hope. I don’t know him, but he posted the info online, and wrote, along with his description of the items, “Not everything is pictured yet, this got kind of overwhelming.” Oh, man.

Well, we’re about to make it more so by suggesting readers go. Here’s what’s up. It’s a two-day sale with, Ujj writes, “mostly 60’s, 70’s and 80’s modernist pieces. Some real designer stuff, some ‘style of’ and some just fun decorative pieces. I love to buy stuff, but I have to sell stuff so I can buy more stuff.”

He notes that “artisan Yvette Prazsak from Princeton, NJ will also be selling her incredible, handmade jewelry, glass pieces, artwork, etc.”

WHAT: Vintage MCM sale
WHEN: Saturday Sep 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday Sep 28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: 6220 Lower York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938
WHY: Look at these photos

Property’s Weekend Agenda: 3 Saturday Picks


Some of what’s been offered at past Phila Flea Markets sales. Photo via

1. Phila Flea Market. The latest installment of those amazing Center City vintage markets that go on for blocks and make disinterested pedestrians want to murder you. For Property readers, items of interest might include home accents (pottery, signs, vintage tins and other mantel-lining tchotchkes); furniture; and outdoor home and garden tools. Saturday, 8am-5pm.

2. Ardmore Open House. Put aside any preconceived notions about “the Main Line” and check Ardmore out if you don’t know it already. It’s actually really unpretentious, and this neighborhood fest should be a solid opportunity to get a feel for things. There’ll also be a historic tour of downtown. Easy to get there by train, but there’s free parking too. Saturday11am-4pm.

3. Yardley antiques sale. This listing actually says “garage” sale, but when I think garage sale, I think of a lesser beast than this offering of antiques and collectibles. Included? Working antique mantelpiece clocks, vintage toys and signs, glassware (including Anchor Hocking, for those who like that), and other goodies. Saturday, starts 9am.

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