The City Walk You’ve Been Waiting For: The Rail Park Tour

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

DesignPhiladelphia, the city’s best known architecture and design festival extending for up to nine days, kicks off in about two weeks, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Instead, let’s bring your attention to one of the events included in the DesignPhilly itinerary: the Rail Park Tour.

According to DesignPhilly, these walking tours – scheduled for October  10, 11 and 14 – will be held at street level by Rail Park board members and will be designed to “deliver an understanding of possibilities of the entire proposed 3-mile linear park and recreation path.” What’s more, a Rail Park spokesperson tells us the tour will include access to the entrance of Phase One at 13th an Noble Streets. Ticketing and event info here.

Relatedly, the spokesperson said construction of Phase One, anticipated to take 12-18 months, is expected to begin in 2016. The Center City District will manage the Phase One project.

$8 Pizzas All Day at Bufad: Meatless Mid-Week on Wednesday


Meatless Mid-Week: Pizza topped with eggplant, basil, pine nuts, and raisins.

Tuesday isn’t just about tacos. Bufad offers $8 margherita pizzas all day on Tuesdays. And that deal is available whether you eat-in or get your pizzas to go.

But Tuesday isn’t the only day that Bufad offers something special. On Wednesdays, the 13th and Spring Garden Street pizza spot is offering Meatless Midweek. For $35 a couple, you get a four-course dinner to share.

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Transformation In Store For Vacant Factory Building on Spring Garden

Google Street View

Google Street View

Situated near the corner’s edge of Spring Garden and 11th, the old Lawsonia Building stands in anticipation of a pending renovation and three-story addition. The news, which we heard from GroJLart on Hidden City Daily, is great, considering the property has been vacant for well over a decade. Harman Deutsch Architecture is designing the mixed-use development, he says, which will include ground level commercial space. Currently, zoning issues have the project on hold.

According to GroJ, the structure has been in the neighborhood for eighty-five years and started out as the manufacturing headquarters of the Woodward-Wanger plumbing supplies company. The facility was actually a $45,000 construction built on the site of the original factory, which had consisted of five combined row houses that operated for fourteen years before burning down in 1929. The newer colonial revival building, he writes, lasted a little longer, with seven decades and a stint as a hand-crafted furniture workshop (Lawsonia Manufacturing Company) under its belt. It was vacated in 2002 and has been empty ever since.

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ProTap Hosting a Brat BBQ

protap-bbq-brats-400This Sunday, August 16th, Prohibition Taproom is hosting a barbecue of brats. For $15 per person, you get a housemade bratwurst sandwich with beer mustard, kraut and pickles, plus sides of corn on the cob, macaroni salad and slaw. And wash it all down with a glass of Yards Philly Pale Ale.

There will also be cornhole games and German beers on special.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at 501 North 13th Street.

Prohibition Taproom [Foobooz]

Rail Park Project to Get Additional Funding from City

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

The long-awaited Rail Park project in Callowhill is now $3.5 million away from reaching the $8.6 million goal required for construction. According to PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa, this last boost came from the City of Philadelphia, which Councilman Mark Squilla says is pledging $1 million to the project, a sum separate from the $1.8 million it pledged originally.

The rest of the funds currently “in the bank,” so to speak, are courtesy of private donations and the William Penn and Knights Foundations, who pledged $1 million in March for landscaping.

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Rail Park Update: Philadelphia Art Commission Approves Design

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

The June 5th Memorial wasn’t the only project to take a step forward yesterday. Almost a month after having granted conceptual approval for the Rail Park design by Studio Bryan Hanes, the Philadelphia Art Commission went on to give final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday as well, reports PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas. 

Here’s how Phase 1 was described during yesterday’s presentation. From PlanPhilly:

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Brick and Mortar Opens with Rail Park Benefit

bam-brick-mortar-400Brick and Mortar will finally open to the public this Thursday, June 4th with a benefit in support of Friends of the Rail Park. The opening night kicks off with cocktail party, followed by after party.

Brick and Mortar is located just steps from the proposed aerial park and is raising money for this greening project. Tickets to the grand opening benefit bash are $100 and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, beer and wine.

The cocktail reception takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm, with an after party starting at 8 pm. The follow-up shindig also benefits the Friends of the Rail Park, it’s cost is $25, and includes 3 drink tickets.

Tickets are available at

A full cash bar will also be available all night and a select menu from chef Brian Ricci will also be served from 9 pm to 1 am.

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Property’s Photo(s) of the Week: The Loft District Horse and Miss Divine

We just couldn’t help ourselves. A day after selecting her magnificent shadowy capture of this horse in Callowhill (it was shot somewhere along 13th and Nectarine) for Property’s Photo of the Week, photographer Theresa Stigale posted a new one–and it’s awesome.

But, what else do you expect from an amazing photog whose primary interest is Philadelphia documentary photography? The bonus image in question was taken on Broad, near Brown Street, and has a cameo of the changing Divine Lorraine.

Needless to say we couldn’t choose just one.

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Rail Park Plans Continue to Make Headway with Phase 1

As one reader reminded us on our roundup of developments we’ll be tracking in 2015, the proposed Rail Park is one of the city’s most anticipated projects of the new year. Well, guess what? Friends of the Rail Park sent out a status update on the project’s first phase a few days ago! Here’s what it said:

BREAKING GROUND ON PHASE 1  Designs for the first phase of the Rail Park are complete. Construction documents are ready to bid out. A lease for Phase 1 between the Center City District (CCD) and SEPTA is being finalized. The CCD has grant commitments in hand for nearly 50% of the expected $8.5 million in construction costs and is awaiting word on one additional grant. In concert with CCD’s efforts, FRP continues to build support and develop resources to steward Phase 1 while bringing attention to the entire 3-mile site.

Woohoo! Plus…

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