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Its current owners like to call it “an oasis of calm” and by the looks of it, it might in fact be a fitting moniker: Windhorse Farm is a unique compound nestled privately on a plot in Ottsville, Bucks County. It consists of several buildings, one of which is an 18th-century stone farmhouse with period bedrooms, original random-width floors, and more.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the details each building has to offer, shall we?
- The farmhouse – As we just mentioned, its got original flooring and sleeping quarters reminiscent of its charming past. In addition to this, though, the residence boasts open beams, deep sill windows, and two walk-in fireplaces. The kitchen even vaunts a neat restaurant-style stove and broiler alongside a cozy sitting area.
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Can you believe this used to be a de-facto storage unit for Apple products? Photography by christopher Leaman
It’s fitting that a designer and architect from Argentina, who also spent 14 years practicing his craft in London, would stumble upon an apartment whose road-less-traveled history is as unconventional as they come.
Two years ago, Eduardo Ardiles, founder of Studio Edo in Fishtown, and his partner, Joe Ujobai, heard whispers that a 19th-floor unit at the Barclay on Rittenhouse Square was available for rent. The two were hunting for a long-term rental to live in as they renovated their dream home at 21st and Delancey, and Ardiles negotiated a deal in which he’d revamp the apartment in exchange for lower rent.
The pair landed the coveted apartment, but there was a catch: The owner used it to store a vast collection of vintage Apple computers*. “It was almost like a technology crash course in one place,” Ardiles laughs. “A lot of boxes weren’t even open.”
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Here’s the lot from a few weeks ago. | Photo: James Jennings, Renderings: Abitare Design Studio
It looks like another surface parking lot in Old City will soon bite the dust. We’ve learned that a 6-story condo building will replace the secluded concrete pad at the corner of Bank Street and Elbow Lane (map).
The parcel is directly across Bodine Street from the now-greened (but still vacant) lot that Old City District fixed up this summer. Abitare Design Studios, of nearby North 3rd Street, is leading the design of the 5-unit building, and architect Benjamin Nia said they’re just starting the design development phase of the project. They’ve been kind enough to include a few conceptual renderings to give us a better idea about what the building will look like when it’s completed.
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Left to right: Rich Levins, vice chairman of PTSSD; Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino; A.J. Thomson, president of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park; and Rich Angeli, chairman of the PTSSD | Image courtesy of SugarHouse Casino
The SugarHouse Casino has made good on a pledge it had committed to over the summer: an annual contribution of $1 million to the Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD), a nonprofit that gives grants and sponsorships to organizations providing charitable benefits to the neighborhoods of Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond, and Northern Liberties.
According to a press release, the SugarHouse contributions will go to funding community-based projects that will help improve the quality of life for those residents living in the neighborhoods surrounding the casino.
“We are grateful to receive this continued and increased support from SugarHouse,” said PTSSD board chairman Rick Angeli during the check presentation ceremony on Monday. “The larger contribution has allowed the PTSSD to advance operations and evolve our grant-making to include more projects that will continue to improve these neighborhoods.”
Since opening in 2010, SugarHouse has contributed $3.6 million to PTSSD.
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Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey
Would you like to see the Schuylkill River Trail become just a wee bit longer? Well, mark your calendars, folks, because the long-planned Bartram’s Mile trail, the future mile-long section of the Schuylkill River Trail, will break ground this Monday, November 23rd.
Commencing at 11:00am, the Monday groundbreaking will take place at Bartram’s Mile North and will count Mayor Michael Nutter, elected officials, Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy and others as speakers. The event is open to the public and will include light refreshments and ample free street parking. (Further details here.)
Image courtesy of SRDC | More renderings below.
Bartram’s Mile is set to run along the west Schuylkill riverbank from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street and will eventually link to to the Schuylkill River Trail, thereby extending trail access to Southwest Philadelphia and historic Bartram’s Garden. How will this happen? Well, because Bartram’s Mile will be on the Schuylkill’s western bank (the first segment of the trail to be on this side), it will have to connect to the Gray’s Ferry Crescent trail on the eastern bank by way of a novel, though not unheard of, method: a swing bridge.
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Yup, that’s a Death Star | Screengrab via Youtube
Think your house is the ultimate example when it comes to over-the-top Halloween (or Thanksgiving, or Papal, or Christmas, or anything) decorations? Not to burst your bubble, friends from the Northeast Philly or South 13th Street, but one family in Lafayette, California probably would take the top prize this year in any city–hands down.
That’s because Colby Powell and his family constructed a massive Death Star to adorn their home for the Halloween season–and let’s just say they didn’t cut any corners. According to Wired (and the Youtube video after the jump), this puppy spans 23-feet in diameter and is built using some legit materials:
162 Geohub connectors, 2,000 feet of half-inch PVC conduit pipe in six different lengths, 18 cans of paint, LED lights, two T-10 parachutes to cover each half, and a crane to put it into place.
It took three weeks for Powell, a construction worker by trade, to assemble the Death Star, and he said the family plans to have it up until the time the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, makes it to theaters in mid-December. That’s right, this fantastical battle station will be up through the holiday season, which is appropriate since it also lights up.
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Credit: Chad Aaronson / JerseyDrone
Don’t know about you, but we don’t remember ever seeing William Penn from this angle!
We’re talking, of course, about the Penn statue that sits atop City Hall. Thanks to Chad Aaronson, the guy behind Jersey Drone, we got a sweeping view of our city’s seat of government and its long-standing silent icon in a drone video that Aaronson filmed two days ago. Funnily enough, the cool vid wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for… well, we’ll let him explain.
“I actually did not go to Philly with the intention of filming City Hall,” he told Property. “My original plan was to get some footage of the SS United States, however I could not get permission from the security guards to fly there. So, the next best thing was a cool building.”
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Entering this c.1865 Society Hill townhouse (figuratively speaking – we used the gallery below), one is met with a foyer leading into the formal living and dining rooms, where intricate crown molding, original pine floors, and 12-foot high ceilings festoon the spaces.
Add to that marble fireplaces and built-in cabinets, the four-bedroom manse is one of those fierce golden oldies rivaling even its younger, hipper brethren.
It keeps up with the times thanks to a slew of meticulous updates, some of which are clearly seen in the kitchen. Here, a marble island and 6 burner Viking gas stove and griddle reside alongside an over-sized fridge and built-in stainless steel dishwasher and microwave. What’s more, it has garden access via sliding glass doors.
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Last time we checked in on Two Liberty Place, we took you behind the scenes for an inside peek at the ongoing construction and newly completed (and spectacular) model residential units. While one of those puppies will set you back anywhere between $800,000 and over $2,500,000, they’re not the only chunk of the building that’s currently on the market.
According to a report from Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer, Parkway Properties has put the office space up for sale as the Florida-based REIT looks “to focus on its core portfolio of assets in the southeastern United States.”
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The newly opened Cira Green in University City sits atop a parking garage between the FMC Tower and evo apartment building like some sort of amazing proto-Jetsonian green space – and we’re dying to pay it a visit. At least, that’s how the photos (one of them included above) taken at the new public roof-top park make us feel.
What’s more, it has both built-in blue roof and green roof systems, which means stormwater management and grass and other greenery, respectively, will help reduce at least some of the negative environmental impact the buildings have. Managed stormwater runoff, for example, helps alleviate some of the pollution that enters our waterways.
As you can see, green roofs can be pretty beneficial, which is why it should come as little surprise that City Council’s Committee on Rules recently voted in favor of approving a bill that encourages developers building within RM-1, CMX-2, and CMX-2.5 districts to include them in their projects. Huzzah!
Introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the bill would allow developers to build more than previously approved units within these designated zoning districts if – and only if – they include approved green roofs. Sayeth PlanPhilly:
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