A Midcentury Modern Makeover in King of Prussia

A model apartment living room at 251 DeKalb. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Followers of this channel should be aware that midcentury modernism is now history. That is, it’s become the subject of preservationist interest and action to preserve and update its iconic buildings.

This area saw three large midcentury modern apartment complexes rise over a span of about 15 years: Presidential City in the early 1950s, Park Towne Place in the late 1950s, and the 251 DeKalb Pike complex in King of Prussia in the early to mid-1960s.

Having documented the transformation of the first two, I was only too happy to accept the invitation from 251 DeKalb’s new owners, Candlebrook Properties, to take a look at what they’ve done with the third. Read more »

Aussie-Style Cafe Bluestone Lane Opens Today in KOP Mall

Bluestone Lane King of Prussia/Photo by Ben Hider

King of Prussia now has its own Aussie-inflected coffee shop. Today, New York-based Bluestone Lane opened its third Philly-area location in the mall’s Savor King of Prussia expansion. And to celebrate, they’ve rolled out some new menu items.

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Another Living Option Coming to King of Prussia’s Main Street

The new AVE flexible-stay residence under construction at the Village at Valley Forge in King of Prussia. | Rendering: Courtesy Bernardon

The new AVE flexible-stay residence under construction at the Village at Valley Forge in King of Prussia. | Rendering: Courtesy Bernardon

By this time next year, new arrivals in King of Prussia will have a place to test the waters before they decide to commit to living there. So will those whose work brings them to the area for an extended spell as well as those who simply prefer renting to owning in general.

That’s because Korman Communities is opening its next AVE flexible-stay residence in the Village at Valley Forge in the winter of 2017-18. Work on the facility, designed by Bernardon of Kennett Square, Philadelphia and Wilmington, is already under way.

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Is King of Prussia the New Promised Land?

King of Prussia's new urban(ish) look | Photograph by Eric Prine

King of Prussia’s new urban(ish) look | Photograph by Eric Prine

ONE RECENT AFTERNOON, I take a short drive west, out the Schuylkill, to a place I have never been, despite a quarter century of living in Philadelphia. I’m headed to King of Prussia.

That tells you right off that I really have no interest in malls, given that I’ve avoided one of America’s biggest indoor shopping sprees for so long. But I’m not going to the mall. I’m in search of something else, which is King of Prussia itself. The place. There’s something brand-new happening there. Read more »

King of Prussia Mall Goes Small and Independent for Its Next Big Restaurant

Mistral KOP/Facebook

Mistral KOP/Facebook

Next week, King of Prussia Mall will further its rise to power as a serious contender in the area’s restaurant rat-race with its most ambitious addition yet: a second location of Princeton’s Mistral, Scott Anderson’s casual modern American restaurant.

But will uni pasta fit in next to Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor?

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First-Time Find: Put Down Roots in King of Prussia for $299K

472 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, Pa., 19406 | TREND images via RE/MAX Achievers

472 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, Pa., 19406 | TREND images via RE/MAX Achievers

Back before King of Prussia became King of Prussia, there were the Hansens, whose nursery was almost as well known locally as the inn that gave the community its name. Their Valley Forge Nurseries was an extensive operation; the property extended all the way from Gulph Road to Henderson Road, a distance of more than a mile.

Like any good farmers, the Hansens lived on their property. They were also good stewards of a legacy: they bought the nursery from its founder, Henry Frorer, who established it on the eve of the Great Depression. The cottage he built in 1929 at its entrance served as the nursery office and became a local landmark. Over the years, the Hansens expanded it and turned it into their home. The nursery has long since been subdivided, but the home remains intact, and now it can be yours for just a little bit of green. Read more »

Tiffin’s First Franchise Restaurant Is Opening In King Of Prussia


It’s weird to think that King Of Prussia is becoming one of the most interesting restaurant neighborhoods in the region. But seriously? It’s kind of true.

I mean at the KOP Mall alone there’s already a seriously good version of Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham, a carbon copy of Hai Street, two Shake Shacks, Mistral scheduled for 2017 (which, okay, is from Princeton, but still), a Vetri Square Pie outpost attached to the KOP Urban Outfitters, and a whole bunch of other places to eat. There’s Papaya Vietnamese and, sure, a whole lot of chain restaurants and a whole lot of steakhouses, but still. It’s a busy town.

And now, on top of everything else, about a mile away from the excesses of the KOP Mall, the first ever franchise restaurant from Tiffin will be opening at the Valley Forge Plaza Shopping Center.

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Honeygrow Opens in King of Prussia

Ribbon cutting at today's official opening of the 13th Honeygrow

Ribbon cutting at today’s official opening of the 13th Honeygrow

Today, Honeygrow opened its seventh Philadelphia area store–its thirteenth location overall at King of Prussia Town Center. The new location of this Philadelphia startup will feature locally and seasonally sourced ingredients including custom-made noodles by ramen chefs, house-made dressings and sauces and proteins sourced from providers such as FreeBird and Common Market.

“We had a great opportunity to uniquely enter the market outside of the traditional mall setting, while having the opportunity to co-tenant with one of my favorite brands—REI,” said Founder and CEO Justin Rosenberg. “I’m a hiking nerd and with the launch of hgAthletics, honeygrow’s platform supporting customer wellbeing and athletic activities for all, it’s pretty exciting to be working with each other.”

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