Revealed: Here are the Early Plans for the New-Look Headhouse Square

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

It looks as though the long-talked-about renovation of the plaza at Headhouse Square is gaining some serious momentum. We were able to get our hands on a few conceptual designs, which show a flatter, median-free parking area towards South Street, some greenery and, more dramatically, the addition of two building–a pavilion/gateway at South Street and a cafe/information center adjacent to the recently revamped fountain.

Michael Harris, executive director of the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), said organizers have been working on a plan that is similar in nature to one that dates back to 2006-2009. At the time, Center City District had updated the fountain and hinted at the notion of placing a cafe on the plaza, not unlike the experience at Sister Cities Park on Logan Square. “We just wanted to pick up on the work that was started with Paul [Levy of Center City District] and Center City, update it and refresh it now that it’s 2015.”

Due to a grant from the City Commerce Department and Councilman Mark Squilla, SSHD has the funds to go through the design and engineering planning phases at this point, although not construction. They’ve teamed up with Ambit Architecture, whose office is across the cobblestone street from the iconic Headhouse Shambles, to create a conceptual design of what Headhouse Square might look like in the not-too-distant future. “Not just to do it as a design exercise,” noted Harris, “But to bring it to fruition.”

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PHOTOS: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off at Headhouse

The 4th annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off was held this weekend at the Shambles in Headhouse Square. The day found hot dog enthusiasts from restaurants across the city bringing their best and most-inventive frank recipes to the table for a panel of celebrity judges to taste and dole out awards. Here’s how the prizes panned out:

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PHOTOS: Locals Don White for a Sneak Peek at Diner en Blanc 2015

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia will return to a secret location somewhere in the fabulous City of Philadelphia on August 20th. Last night, organizers held a “pop-up preview party” complete with beautiful table spreads where a few of the volunteers created 9 options that might be worthy of the glitzy white summer picnic.

Also on hand were the three eateries that will be providing food for the picnickers (at a reasonable cost) to enjoy at the August 20th event. Guests enjoyed food samples from DiBruno Brothers, Garces Events and Luke Palladino Catering. Guests also got schooled on what to wear, what to bring and where to buy it from organizers and past participants. Check out some photos from the event below.

PHOTOS: South Street Spring Festival Breaks Attendance Records

Saturday had it all: the warm weather we’ve been dying for, sunny, cloudless skies, and an abundance of outdoor to-dos throughout Philly. According to the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), about 55,000 revelers chose the South Street Spring Festival for their soiree of choice, making it the largest single event on South Street in two decades.

If you were brave enough to jump into the crowd, you saw 150 vendors, 27 artists and 30-plus restaurants and food trucks out and about pimping their wares. There was also a new lawn put in on 2nd Street, where there were games and lounge chairs for the leisurely set. SSHD and HughE Dillon shared some photos from the afternoon. Check them out below:

PHOTOS: 84th Annual Easter Promenade on South Street

Rabbits on stilts, marching bands and costume-clad pooches hit the South Street / Headhouse District yesterday afternoon for the 84th annual Easter Promenade. Organizers say the event brought out record crowds to revel in the Easter Sunday sunshine, estimating 2,500 to 3,000 revelers showed up. South Street Headhouse District shared some photos of the event. Check them out below:


Bi-Level Condo For Sale Just Off Headhouse Square

TREND photos via Settle Down Philadelphia.

TREND photos via Settle Down Philadelphia.

Straddling the border of Queen Village and Society Hill is this year-old construction located on quiet Naudain Street. Hardwood flooring encompasses the entire home, save for the 800-square-foot roof deck, which in addition to having a grill gas line, waterproof interlocking floors, and 360 views, offers a pilot house wet bar.

Inside, the home offers an island cabinet kitchen with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, Viking appliances, and custom cabinets. There’s also a 5-burner gas stove that’s been vented to the outside. Living and dining areas are connected by an open floor layout, with the living room having the added measure of a fireplace. This first level also has a bedroom–currently used as a home office–and full bathroom.

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Two Bells for Society Hill Society


Craig LaBan enjoys much of what he eats from chef Yun Fuentes’s menu at Society Hill Society. In particular he enjoys brunch and the fresh Pilsner Urquel.

His ode to pierogi are delicate, their handmade sour cream dumpling skins stuffed with truffled mashed potatoes over molasses-sweetened Vidalia onion jam. He tapas-izes chicken pot pie, tucking a creamy velouté of leg meat, carrots, and peas into croquette sticks that would please even the toughest Amish Spaniard. His summer peach soup is simply a gazpacho-good tribute to ripe local summer fruit, the sweet pureed peaches tanged with a hint of vinegar and garlic, sparked with salty bits of shaved ham and tiny floating spheres of creamy goat cheese.

Two Bells – Very Good

For another opinion on this Society Hill restaurant, read Trey Popp’s review of Society Hill Society from the October issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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