Gallery: The Demolition of Ortlieb’s Brewery

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Photo by Laura Kicey

Property photographer Laura Kicey went over to the Henry F. Ortlieb Brewery site in Northern Liberties this weekend to chronicle its end. She came away with good news about the Bart Blatstein-owned four-building complex: “They seem to be handling the demolition responsibly–even stopping work every time a pedestrian or car passed by on the street nearest where they were working!” No one’s taking any chances these days.

Gallery below.

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In Bid to Become Just Another Seedy Casino, Revel Changes its Name

Part of Revel’s plan for emerging from bankruptcy is to make itself more appealing to chronic and degenerate gamblers who aren’t impressed by bizarre outbursts by Amanda Bynes. So, in addition to an earlier plan to allow smoking indoors, Revel is refunding 100% of all slot-machine losses for the month of July and changing its name from “Revel” to “Revel Hotel-Casino.” It’s new marketing pitch is actually called “Gamblers Wanted.” Which raises the question: Is there anyone who didn’t actually know what Revel was? Was that really the problem?

Sidenote: Developer Bart Blatstein is currently pushing for a Center City casino that, like the old Revel, is focused more on nightlife than on the ritual pissing away of hard-earned paychecks. Perhaps there’s a cautionary tale here about maintaining a Vegas-style operation outside of Vegas.

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Mr. Quotable: Top 20 Things Bart Blatstein Said Last Night at the Salon

bart blatsteinHe was something between an inspiring commencement speaker and a Catskills comedian. Developer Bart Blatstein sat down with Philly Mag Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath yesterday at the Barnes Museum to talk about development, casinos and other issues pertaining to the future of the city. It was a ThinkFest Salon, an event meant to keep the conversation going until the next ThinkFest in the fall.

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Bart Blatstein Opts for “Invisible Man” Over Brand Name

Somewhere between turning South Columbus Boulevard into an extension of South Jersey and turning Northern Liberties into a newer Old City, developer Bart Blatstein figured out that he wasn’t the brand name.

In doing so, he has managed to pull off a trick few high-profile megadevelopers have successfully managed to do: Raise his personal profile without sabotaging his own business.

Most large successful developers are faceless. Can you name any of the members of the Brandywine Realty Trust? (They might include you, if you own shares either directly or through a mutual fund.) The few whose names have become household words eventually succumb to their own publicity machines and, like Donald Trump, become caricatures of themselves. Read more »

Tonight! The ThinkFest Salon With Bart Blatstein at the Barnes!

bart blatsteinThe ThinkFest Salon is a series of conversations with the boldest thinkers in Philadelphia. This evening at 6 p.m., the Salon features Bart Blatstein, one of the city’s most prominent and innovative real estate developers. Blatstein will talk with Philadelphia Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath about casinos, building neighborhoods, and the way developers are changing the face of Philadelphia.

People interested in real estate–like all youse Property readers–won’t want to miss this one. For ticketing and event info, read on.

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It’s Coming! It’s Fast Approaching! It’s Bart Blatstein at the ThinkFest Salon!

bart blatsteinThe ThinkFest Salon is a series of conversations with the boldest thinkers in Philadelphia. On Monday–that’s very soon!–the Salon features Bart Blatstein, one of the city’s most prominent and innovative real estate developers. Blatstein will talk with Philadelphia Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Tom McGrath about casinos, building neighborhoods, and the way developers are changing the face of Philadelphia.

People interested in real estate–like all youse Property readers–won’t want to miss this one. For ticketing and event info, read on.

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Newly Listed: Hank McNeil’s Delancey Street Mansion + Former Chunk of the McIlhenney Mansion

Tylenol heir Henry McNeil has been busy. He recently sold 1914-15 Rittenhouse Square (colloquially known as the McIlhenney mansion) to Bart Blatstein for the developer’s use as a private residence. McNeil’s own home was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article about historic Philadelphia homes that have modern interiors. That home, a phenomenal 13,000-square-foot residence at 19th and Delancey. For enthusiasts of modern design, it is without compare in the Rittenhouse Square area.

1901 is being sold with a companion property that will sound familiar to those who follow building histories in Philadelphia: 1921 Manning. The duplex (with two parking spaces) used to be part of the McIlhenney Mansion parcel and is directly adjacent to it.

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What Does Bart Blatstein Think of Philadelphia’s Future?

Few people have had a bigger impact on Philadelphia in the last couple of decades than Bart Blatstein, who’s not only re-imagined and revitalized Northern Liberties, but who’s now trying to bring to fruition a dazzling casino project on North Broad.

So what does Bart think of Philly’s future? What’s it like trying to get something built in Philadelphia? What does he think of Philadelphia’s leadership? And what, exactly, is the deal with the mansion he just bought on Rittenhouse Square?

I’ll be asking him all those questions, and more, at our next ThinkFest Salon, which takes place Monday evening, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Barnes. As with our March conversation with Brian Roberts, this is your chance to listen in on–and take part in–an intimate conversation with one of the most influential thinkers in Philadelphia. Tickets are available here. I hope to see you there.

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