John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon
Philadelphia’s only senior LGBT housing center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, was just named one of 10 winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Housing Awards. The awards recognize the best in housing design across the nation. More on the awards and their criteria from a release I received this afternoon:
Now in its 15th year, the Housing Awards program promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. The winning projects are located across the country—from New England to the West Coast. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. Importantly, several of this year’s honorees are affordable housing developments, like the John C. Anderson Apartments.
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Local bean roasters Square One Coffee finally opened in the Gayborhood’s John C. Anderson Apartments building this weekend. Some other G Philly cohorts and I popped in on Saturday morning to caffeinate for the day and to check out the new digs. The place is gorgeous — with a white subway tile bar, a gorgeous, yellow La Marzocco espresso machine, and sitting space for days.
On the menu you’ve got a nice variety of standard coffee drinks — all made with Square One coffee beans. They do espressos, drip, and slow pour. (One of the drinks we tried, an English Breakfast Latte, was outstanding.) They’ve also got a nice variety of pastries, including cupcakes from Philly Cupcake, and an apple fritter that is particularly delicious.
Check out some photos of your favorite new Gayborhood coffee shop below:
The New York Times profiles Philly LGBT housing development, the John C. Anderson Apartments yesterday, spotlighting several residents and offering commentary on how the home is filling a terrible void that’s been felt in the LGBT community for far too long:
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Photo by HughE Dillon.
Tenants began moving into the John C. Anderson Apartments in mid-January, but Philly’s only housing center for LGBT seniors got official opening-ceremony treatment this morning. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon pointed out that it was one of the most power-filled events he’d been to in a while, and he was right. All kinds of Pennsylvania dignitaries showed up to be part of the festivities — from Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter to Representative Bob Brady and State Treasurer — and gubernatorial candidate — Rob McCord.
More photos after the jump