Photo: Union League
That august institution founded in 1862 by President Lincoln, Broad Street’s French Renaissance Union League of Philadelphia is getting an interior makeover. A new demonstration kitchen and wine cellar is being constructed, and the Lincoln Hall (often known as the Lincoln Ballroom), dedicated in 1913, is getting a renovation. The Hall’s ceiling is being restored to its original contours, and its the renovations are meant to be done by June. In the meantime, visitors get to take a look at renderings in the hallway.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will open another of its pop-up gardens next week across from the Kimmel Center on Broad Street. This year’s garden is a collaborative effort, with input from University of the Arts, Avram Hornik of Four Corners Management, and the landscape design firm Groundswell Design Group, which won an award for its work on Morgan’s Pier. The above rendering is its proposed design for the new the PHS pop-up garden.
The temporary garden will function as an outdoor cafe with craft beer, sangria and food by chef George Sabatino, who’s also in charge of the food at Morgan’s Pier (which opens next week just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge).
PHS uses its pop-up gardens to educate Philadelphia residents about its projects, including City Harvest, which provides fresh food from the city’s community gardens to 1,000 families in need every week. It also makes use of vacant space–last year, the pop-up was in the empty lot on Rittenhouse Square where the old Eric Twin movie theater used to be.
Rendering of the crazy-special new Walgreen's to come to the site of the old Borders on Broad Street. Via PhillyChitChat.com.
Philly Post contributor HughE Dillon has long been interested in the fate of the old Borders on Broad Street since it closed, but he found, in his reporting, that no one really wanted it due to the lack of parking, the weird mezzanine and the steep escalators. What business gets enough foot traffic to not care about parking? A chain drugstore, of course, though this is far from your typical chain drugstore.
Here we are with another installment of the April 2013 Philadelphia Magazine Real Estate issue, which focuses on the area’s hottest neighborhoods. This next pick is Avenue of the Arts, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Photos: Laura Kicey
Groundbreakings are always exciting, what with the crowds and the photo ops and the smell of new construction in the air. Inviting the Phillie Phanatic to greet a crop of real estate agents, city officials and media types takes things to an entirely new level.
Today is a press conference to commemorate, among other things, the groundbreaking of Southstar Lofts, the newest project from Dranoff Properties (Carl Dranoff will soon be featured in one of our Property Profiles, so stay tuned). Mayor Nutter will be there along with Councilman Mark Squilla, and for good reason: This project is seen as an important continuation of the Avenue of the Arts, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.