Trinity Tuesday: Living Color in Rittenhouse for $425K

1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

1639 Addison St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

As someone who considers herself a fan of the neutral palette, I have to say that most of the time, I’m adverse to any sort of bright colors, particularly in my home. However, this little trinity wears those random splashes of color perfectly. Not only does the color liven up the home from the otherwise muted color palette of monochromatic accents, hardwood floors and white walls, but it sets it apart from any other trinity we’ve seen before. Besides, there’s nothing like a bright blue wall that makes you feel anything but.

Walking into this home is like entering the beginning of a rainbow. You’ll not only take notice of the bright blue accent wall, but also of the beautiful hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout the living room of your home. Nice floor-to-ceiling bookshelves also compliment the room, and a front-facing window allows you to people-watch from your couch. Read more »

Scarpetta Launches Happy Hour on Rittenhouse Square

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

Scarpetta offers half-priced cocktails, wine and beer for happy hour.

The lounge at the still brand new Scarpetta inside the Rittenhouse Hotel has begun happy hour and it offers 50% off all beer, cocktails and wines by the glass. There is also a bar menu of plates and crostini ranging from $5 to $14.

The cocktails include classics and newfangled concoctions that will rotate seasonally. Look for some holiday cocktails in the next few weeks.

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Scarpetta Does Lunch

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Starting on Monday, November 14, Philly’s Scarpetta will become the first location in the group to offer lunch. So why this break from tradition?

Location, location, location…

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Second Suspect Arrested, Charged in Rittenhouse Shooting

Mehdi Fraiji (left) and Raeese Nasir have been arrested and charged in connection to October's Rittenhouse shooting. Photos courtesy of Philadelphia Police.

Mehdi Fraiji (left) and Raeese Nasir have been arrested and charged in connection to October’s Rittenhouse shooting. Photos courtesy of Philadelphia Police.

Philadelphia police have arrested and charged a second suspect in connection with the Rittenhouse shooting that occurred in late October, in which 17-year-old Mehdi Fraiji allegedly shot a bicyclist who tried to intervene during the teens’ attempted robbery. Read more »

Lacroix Goes Straight Prix-Fixe

Lacroix-940Lacroix, the longstanding restaurant at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel is changing things up. Chef Jon Cichon has announced that the restaurant is going to a single, five-course tasting menu. Dinner at Lacroix will now be locked in at $105 per person plus an optional $85 wine pairing.

The format, which has debuted  with this week’s fall menu, offers some choices but other courses are fixed like the grilled Maine Lobster. A tail and claw is poached for this dish and topped with shaved and lightly pickled persimmon, curried persimmon puree and served with a lobster, pumpkin, celery leaf jus atop celery root puree.

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Trinity Tuesday: Up on the Roof in Rittenhouse

1538 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1538 Rodman St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

The strict definition of a “trinity” is a home with three floors, each of those floors having just one room (the bathroom doesn’t count). Basements, being common features in 19th- and early 20th-century homes, don’t count against the total, and in many trinities, like today’s featured home, later owners put the kitchen down there.

Those who didn’t usually added an ell onto the back of the trinity for the kitchen. Some other later owners then built on top of the ell, creating the “expanded trinity” — one whose rooms were larger, or which had two rooms on each floor.

This week’s featured trinity has been “expanded” in a different way: Meet the four-story trinity, whose fourth floor has no roof. Read more »

Hard Hat Tour: Van Pelt Mews

Scaffolding surrounds the Walnut Street townhouse in Van Pelt Mews in September. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Scaffolding surrounds the Walnut Street townhouse in Van Pelt Mews in September. | Photos: Sandy Smith

It seems that architect Cecil Baker has the golden touch these days. Not only is he the emergency surgeon of choice for ailing projects, having resuscitated at least two high-profile projects that were going south design-wise with their neighbors, he has produced equally high-profile designs of his own that have won him further acclaim for the way they interact with their sites, in particular a luxury condo tower behind Independence Hall that hides itself from the Liberty Bell.

His latest project may not fall into the high-profile category, but it once again shows why he has become our most praised residential architect.

Van Pelt Mews is a 12-unit luxury townhouse project on Rittenhouse Square’s western fringes that combines the historic restoration of a 19th-century townhouse and carriage house on Sansom Street with nine large new homes fronting on Van Pelt Street. Read more »

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