Room of the Week: A Dreamy Old City Dining Room With Ceilings for Days

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Photo by Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Photography

Imagine with me, if you will, the amazing dinner parties you could have in this Old City dining room. I can’t help but place myself right there at the head of the table, full-on fabulous Great Gatsby attire, with a long smoldering cigarette between my fingers, while I entertain my guests with my wit and charm. I don’t even smoke, you guys, and I’m probably not that charming, either.

But doesn’t this dreamy dining room just make you want host the most fabulous parties, with the light from that pretty chandelier glinting off your champagne flute?

In this week’s installment of Room of the Week, I got the skinny on how this pretty dining room came together. Pay attention, people. There’s plenty of design inspo to crib here.

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More Than 100 Bodies Found at Old City Construction Site

More than 100 bodies have reportedly been excavated from an Old City construction site where workers first unearthed a coffin last week.

The construction site, soon to be developed into a new apartment complex by PMC Property Group, is located at 218 Arch St. You might recall that last week a construction worker threw a dirt ball at a reporter who was broadcasting the scene on Facebook Live. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: Lokal

A model suite at Lokal. | Photos: Sandy Smith

A model suite at Lokal. | Photos: Sandy Smith

The PHLCVB, of course, wants you to Visit Philadelphia®.

The owners of Lokal, a new boutique hotel opening next month on North 3rd Street in Old City, wants you to see it like a native.

To help you do that, they’ve made themselves scarce and outfitted the suites so that you can settle in like a resident.

The six-unit hotel with a salon on the street floor is in the final stages of construction. Two model suites — a family-friendly two-bedroom and a one-bedroom — have been outfitted by the Jersey Ice Cream Company, the firm co-owners Chad and Courtney Ludeman hired to design the facility. (Yes, it’s an interior design firm. They don’t make ice cream at all.) Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: New Digs in Old City for $2.3M

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

240 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you dream of upscale living in Philadelphia?

If so, feast your eyes on this townhome located at 240 Arch St., one of three properties making up The Ross Luxury Townhomes.

The amenities of this home are equally outrageous and amazing. It comes with a 2-car garage, your own 6-story elevator, a wine cellar, a floating staircase, and more. We couldn’t make this up even if we tried.

The refined kitchen boasts Gaggenau appliances, under cabinet lighting, and waterfall quartz countertops. Even the bathrooms are spectacular, thanks to their heated floors, floating toilets, and stunning tile work. Read more »

El Balconcito Crew Plans to Open a Peruvian Restaurant and Pisco Bar in Old City

If you’re craving Peruvian food in Philly, you’ll likely have to drive for it. Your options are the Northeast, home of Peruvian-Portugese standbys El Balconcito and El Balconcito II, or City Avenue, where polla a la brasa-chain Sardi’s opened its first Philly location next to a Boston Market, or Upper Darby, where Inka Wall puts out some of the region’s best. But for a taste of that Latin American/Asian fusion closer to city center? Nothing’s filled the hole left by Jose Garces when he closed Chifa in 2013.

That’ll soon change when Miguel Toro — who both co-owns and operates both El Balconcitos with his family — brings his new Peruvian vision to life with a restaurant and pisco bar in the former Serrano/Tin Angel space in Old City.

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Jawdropper of the Week: Buzzworthy Society Hill Mansion for $16.795M

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realty

232-36 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Photos: Drew Callaghan Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach

Just blocks from Penn’s Landing, Carpenters’ Hall, and Independence Hall, this Society Hill mansion is a true Philadelphia masterpiece – and rightfully so. The one-of-a-kind property is currently the most expensive home for sale across the city.

As soon as you step inside the foyer of this 16-year-old property, you will encounter the massive, free-floating steel staircase. It’s definitely unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It might seem crazy that a two-bedroom home could cost so much money. But, when you account for all it has to offer, things start making sense. Read more »

This Punch Bowl Tells the Story of Old Philadelphia

Rebecca Yamin displays blue and white bowl from the 1760s

Rebecca Yamin, the lead archeologist on the excavation of the Museum of the American Revolution site, displays a reconstructed bowl from the 1760s that was found in a privy pit. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Rebecca Yamin first stepped onto the future site of the Museum of the American Revolution, at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut streets, in July 2014. She was both excited and scared.

“When you start at an urban site, it’s an amazing thing,” says Yamin, a well-respected urban archeologist with Commonwealth Heritage Group. “We told the museum it’s going to cost a lot of money. And then when I get on the site, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m not going to find anything. It’s such an embarrassment.’”

When it was all over, Yamin did not end up embarrassed. Yesterday the museum, slated to open in April 2017, took possession of 72 boxes of artifacts, inside of which were 82,000 pieces recovered from the site.

“I’m always surprised,” Yamin continues. “Certainly we were surprised to find something that was so relevant to the mission of the museum.” Read more »

Jawdropper of the Week: An Electrifying Old City Spectacle

2 Loxley Ct., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

2 Loxley Ct., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 | Images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Tucked away on one of those little alleys that help give Old City its character is a home with a connection to Philadelphia’s most famous scientific experiment. This charming colonial home was built in the 1740s by one Benjamin Loxley, who also bequeathed his name to the pedestrian court it sits on. Loxley, an early Philadelphia master builder and carpenter — in those days, carpenters were also architects — developed this small street and the houses along it. But that’s not what makes it significant. Loxley was also a friend of Benjamin Franklin and assisted him with his early experiments with electricity.

Loxley was also a friend of Benjamin Franklin and assisted him with his early experiments with electricity. Local lore has it that when Benjamin Franklin flew that famous kite in a lightning storm in order to capture the electrical charge, the key he used to catch the spark was the one to this home’s front door. Read more »

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