Morning Headlines: Kimpton Hotel Will Move In to Family Court Building

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Screenshot of 1801 Vine Street.
Courtesy of Google Street View

A change in occupants could soon be in order for the Family Court building at 18th and Vine. Today the Mayor’s Office is expected to announce Kimpton Hotel’s conversion of the property into a luxury hotel.

According to the Inquirer’s Jennifer Lin, Kimpton was one of three contenders to convert the building that is currently being used by the Juvenile Court. Kimpton is also said to have engaged P&A Associates — developers of the Murano condos and St. James apartment house — and the Peebles Corporation in the project.

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Nevermind: Philly’s Israel Consulate *Isn’t* Closing

Last month, we reported on the possibly sad news that Philadelphia’s Israeli consulate was planning to shut its doors. The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, which mounted an apparently furious lobbying effort to reverse that decision, now announces that the consulate will not in fact shut its doors. The Chamber’s President Richard Bendit, in an email letter announcing the decision, thanks basically everyone who ever could have possibly been involved in this decision.

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Museum Tour of Philly Artist’s Logan Square Home


Let’s take a look at Philadelphia artist Eric Hall’s home by taking a tour of his paintings. For example, Hall’s triptych Expressway (which portrays East Falls) hangs in the townhome’s living room, which has an open floor plan, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Collimation No. 35 (Arctic) hangs nearby, beneath recessed lighting. Above the woodburning fireplace, in the same room, is Collimation No. 44 (Canyon 1).

Collimation No. 27 (Trapeze 1), Collimation No. 28 (Trapeze 2), and Collimation No. 29 (Trapeze 3) stud the walls of the dining room, which features a china cabinet and a skylit atrium with exposed brick. Upstairs, there’s Collimation No. 10 (Genesis) in a bedroom that’s been converted into a family room/study.

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New Renderings of 1900 Arch Street Released

1900 arch street rendering

The 14-story mixed-use building designed by architecture, design and strategy group Varenhorst will be ready for occupancy in the spring, and new renderings are being circulated in preparation for retail leasing. There’s 16,000-plus divisible square feet of ground-floor retail space available, with 234 apartments (one- and two-bedroom units) on the floors above. There will also be an underground garage and bike parking.

Renderings and the like below.

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Logan Square Townhouse: Bay Window, Crystal Chandelier and Marble Fireplace

Words like “grand” and “gracious” come up a lot in the listing for this four-story Victorian nestled in Logan Square. Looking at the photos, it’s not hard to understand why. In some listings, “original details” is code for “old and odd.” Here, it’s closer to “marble everywhere” and “jaw-dropping woodwork.”

Marble fireplaces and marble sinks abound. Grand chandeliers hang in practically every room. The home offers four bedrooms with original woodwork and crown moldings. One in particular features the coziest window bench we have seen in ages. All that and a charming brick garden and walking distance to the best fountain in town.

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Coming Not-As-Soon: New Spring Garden Whole Foods

PlanPhilly reports that Neil Rodin, the developer of Rodin Square–best known as the Whole Foods that’ll eat the Best Western–is still working to come to terms with the Logan Square Civic Association on certain issues, including the impact on traffic. Rodin had commissioned a traffic study, but now the LSNA wants to do one of its own.

It doesn’t sound like Rodin is too happy about that:

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Philadelphia Gets New Bridal Retailer

A one-designer bridal boutique has opened at 114 North 21st Street. It’s owned by wedding planner Kathy Bado, who stumbled into opening what is only the second retail outlet in the country to carry Israeli-designed Berta wedding gowns.

Find out more here.

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