The 197-foot 205 Race Street apartment tower to be located near the Ben Franklin Bridge has a long and acrimonious history. The developers, Jeffrey Brown and Greg Hill, have owned the site (now a vacant lot) for a decade, and this is their third attempt to develop it. In 2012, a version of the tower was opposed by the (now defunct) Old City Civic Association, which argued that its scale didn’t fit the historic neighborhood.
Penthouses in any Center City condo are bound to be pretty spectacular in their own way. This one caught our eye because of the handsome exposed brick, which gives the unit a homier feeling than many other similarly situated penthouse lofts. The Vine Street Condos are in a nine-unit building at 5th and Vine and being the penthouse, this unit also has solitary access to the roof.
The main living space in the 2,600-square-foot-plus penthouse is completely open plan. A gourmet kitchen – finished with granite countertops, a huge center island and very shiny backsplash – overlooks the bricked living and dining spaces. Bedrooms are separated by frosted glass sliding doors (a feature we like far better in photos than by description). The master suite includes a custom closet as well as an en-suite bath with soaking tub.
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First, the Old City Civic Association was less than happy about its height. Then, complicated zoning matters stalled progress, topped off with Keystone Outdoor Advertising getting miffed because the building would block one of their billboards from view. So will this third attempt finally see a conclusion to the planned 205 Race development?
According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Historical Commission’s architecture committee will review the latest plans for Brown Hill Development’s mixed-use project this Tuesday.
Plans include “148 rental units, 28 parking spaces, 51 bike parking spaces, and more than 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.” Additionally, architect Peter Gluck had addressed KOA’s cries by adjusting the building’s design to keep the billboard in view (it’s even featured in the newest renderings).
And that’s not all:
Serrano in Old City may have served its last meal on June 28th, but starting tonight there will still be dishes coming out of the kitchen. Chef Meghan Carnevale will be running the show (and her first kitchen) this summer as Ranch Road Taco Shop, Carnevale’s beloved taco truck, hosts a midsummer pop up at the now-closed-for-renovations Serrano.
Forget sugar and spice because you’ve changed is hosting a Smoke & Spiced Pop-Up Bar tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Prime Stache in Old City. The event will feature a speciality cocktail menu of five smoky and five spiced creations for you to enjoy. And if you’re looking for that extra kick? Burned wood and peppers will be on site for you to add to your drink. Cocktails are $11, but for an extra $1 you can get a customized or spiced drink.
You’ve changed is an idea started by bartenders Brian Kruglak, Derek Moorer and Anna Henderer of the Ranstead Room to keep Philadelphians on their toes and give them new, exciting bar experiences. And they’re not new to the game: this is their second event following the Mad Libs themed bar last April.
Last week’s real estate blue moon is turning out to have quite the pull! Two Elfreth’s Alley homes were serendipitously put on the market just in time for Independence Day, and now a third one has jumped on the bandwagon.
Unlike the first two, however, this piece of history is divided into two units, one of which occupies the first two floors and has access to the back garden. Both units have an open floor plan with two bedrooms, but the second unit has only one full bathroom.
From the outside, this Old City home looks like any other brick townhouse on tiny Cuthbert Street. Which is to say, darling and vaguely historic. What is not immediately discernible from the cobblestones outside is that this home was honored twice in 2006: once with the AIA Philadelphia Honor Award and once with the AIA Pennsylvania Citation of Merit Winning for a Renovated Home. From the inside, the meticulous rehab becomes apparent.
The two-bedroom house was renovated with a contemporary style which – frankly – feels refreshing on a tiny and storied Old City street. Floors are made from Brazilian walnut and the walls have been replastered. Lines are sleek and clean, and details like pocket doors and transoms have been transformed into chic, modern elements that now hardly evoke the home’s 1850s construction date. The gourmet kitchen features a hidden table that springs out from under a double-sided fireplace.
“This is the story…of seven strangers…picked to live in a house…” that used to be a bank.
No? Okay, well the building at 3rd and Arch, which did house seven strangers, is currently on the market. Again.
Designed by noted bank architect John T. Brugger in the neoclassical style and constructed in 1902, the current TRUST event space has had many incarnations. First, it was the Union National Bank; next, the Corn Exchange National Bank and Trust Company, its longest-running iteration to date (1907-1970) whose title is still engraved over the entrance; and finally, as the setting for MTV’s Real World: Philadelphia in 2004.
Property is available relatively rarely on America’s oldest continually inhabited residential street. Elfreth’s Alley hosts only 32 homes, and two of them being on the market simultaneously is the real estate equivalent of a blue moon.
First up: 133-35 Elfreth’s Alley. A double lot means 45 glorious feet of width to this three-bedroom home. It also means two decks, a side garden and a tremendous master suite. A finished basement includes a spa-like bathroom. Plenty of period details, including exposed stonework and brick. Our favorite room is the basement, with its romantic canopied ceiling, dreamy lighting and old fireplace.
Revolution Development Group says it plans to construct eight new townhomes, to be called Bread Street Estates, on the site of a parking lot at the corner of Race and Bread streets in Old City. The project’s leasing agent told Curbed Philly that the developer will break ground in August with the hope of finishing construction in 10 months, though that may only be the first four homes since the developer’s website says that this will be a two-phase project. According to city records, L&I granted a construction permit for the project in April.