Would You Wait Eight Years to Join the Lombard Swim Club?

A view of the pool on a sleepy summer afternoon. Photograph by Christopher Leaman

A view of the pool on a sleepy summer afternoon. Photograph by Christopher Leaman

“Just act like you belong and we’ll be fine.”

I’m trying to remember the last time I did something like this. I think it was 1982, when my friend Bing (yes, Bing) and I were 19 and nonchalantly sauntered up to the bouncer of some dive bar in Cherry Hill and somehow convinced him we were 21, subsequently sailing through the door into a den of smoke and thumping music. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to crash a party.

I’m with a friend of a friend of a friend — we’ll call this person Jimmy, though for reasons that will become clear momentarily, Jimmy isn’t said person’s real name — and on this particularly steamy summer night, we’re walking into the entrance of the Lombard Swim Club, an imposing fortress of water, liquor and secrecy located between 20th and 21st streets, not far from Rittenhouse Square. If you’ve strolled this block of Lombard, you probably never even noticed the club was here. Which is precisely the point. Read more »

Former Italian Consulate Turned Mega Mansion Asks $3.25M

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

Whoa. Could you imagine if this mega-mansion designed by Theophilus P. Chandler  – for the record, historical notes also attribute it to Horace Trumbauer – at the corner of 22nd and Locust was your personal residence? Well, if you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.25 million, it could be. Heck, even if you’re more the developer/investor type, the property has RM-1 zoning, so something like a condo building conversion is definitely a possibility.

Commissioned by steel businessman Frank Samuel (who may have been the same Frank Samuel who was V.P. of the North Branch Steel Company, “the first to produce the modern street-car rail“) in 1899, the four-story Federal brick beauty went up sometime in the early 1900s. Today, it boasts several features from the era: original stained glass windows, panelings, moldings, parquet and herringbone wood floors, and even a defunct elevator that used to go up to the third level. Bonus historical tidbit? It served as the headquarters for the Italian consulate back in the seventies. And with that, can you guess how many bedrooms it has?

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Trinity Tuesday: This 1,000-Square-Foot House Could Turn You Into a Minimalist

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Purging old paperwork from my drawers, donating long-untouched books to the library, clearing my perpetually mail-laden bureau, and re-organizing my closet…these are all things I try to be consistent with. Before I know it, though, it’s suddenly back to square one and I’m staring at a messy abyss on a Monday morning with the clock ticking in my ears, all because I slept in all weekend and never got around to decluttering.

I’m a wannabe minimalist in other words. Perhaps that’s why I love trinities so much: three stories, charmingly aged, and compact? Sign me up, man, because there’s no way living in snug quarters will allow me the luxury of “forgetting.” Even Joshua Becker from the Becoming Minimalist blog thinks so, going so far as to list twelve reasons why living in a smaller home will make you happier – see no. 1, 2, 9, and 10!

All that being said, were I or any other aspiring minimalist in the market for a trinity house in Philadelphia, this Rodman Street property might be a place to consider. Granted, it’s an expanded home and certainly a lot more sizable than other trinities, but it offers just 1,005 square feet of living space. Original wide-plank wood flooring is throughout and there’s a wood-burning fireplace on the first level. Exposed brick makes appearances, most notably in the main bedroom (third floor), where there are vaulted ceilings and access to a roof deck.

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The 32nd Annual Ball On The Square

Credit: HughE Dillon

Credit: HughE Dillon

Last night, The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Arthur Wolk (The Wolk Law Firm) & Boo (the law firm’s house pooch) hosted the 32nd annual Ball on The Square. A record number of people attended the soiree, which sold out by June 1.  Over 400 well-dressed guests attended, dining on Starr Events Catering and listening to the Eddie Bruce Orchestra while surrounded by the beautiful decor of Evantine Design, all to raise funds for the popular park.

The annual celebration brings much-needed funds for the maintenance of the well-liked square; last night was especially sweet as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square announced that they have raised $1.6 million in the past 3 years from the galas. The evening’s gala was held around one of the benefits of these galas — The Duck Lady Fountain — which has been restored and was flowing freely last night.  Other improvements included increased lighting, security cameras, the restored and cleaned balustrade, and the illuminated guardhouse and lion.

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A.Kitchen Is Launching An Express Lunch Service

A.Kitchen now serving weekday express lunch.

A.Kitchen now serving weekday express lunch.

This one’s for the Center City crowd looking for something a little different for lunch.

A.Kitchen and A.Bar are rolling out a new weekly changing sandwich-and-a-side special, and it will probably trump your usual hoagie.

Actually, it’ll pretty much definitely trump your usual hoagie. I mean, if nothing else, we’re talking about bread from High Street On Market and that is always a good thing.

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Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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How to Buy PMA-Backed Photography at Atelier Tonight

Images via Instagram

The luxe shop’s storefront and interior | Images via Instagram

Frequent visitors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are familiar with its biannual art photo competition. It attracts a host of standout submissions with the winning works then featured in the PMA. Previously, you had to visit the museum to see the photos, but as of tonight, you’ll be able to own one. Yep, you can buy PMA-backed art for your home at Atelier Rittenhouse tonight.  Read more »

Spotted in Rittenhouse: Remodeled House Made of Three Old Trinity Homes

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut.

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan Photography

“It’s a home with distinctive charm,” the current owner starts saying after we ask him what his favorite part about it is. Indeed, distinctive seems like the right word for it considering the property started out as three separate trinity homes (which are pretty neat in and of themselves) and appears to have remained as such for several years.

Built in the 1850s, the homes were remodeled into the single large residence we see today sometime during the mid 20th-century. It’s included on the city’s Register of Historic Places and has been fortunate enough to have had preservation-friendly individuals for its last two owners (present one included).  “We purchased this home from the man who was the director of the Pennsylvania Historical Society,” its current owner tells us.

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Trinity Tuesday: Is This the Largest Trinity You’ve Ever Seen?

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Walnut

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach–Center City, Walnut

Woah. Are we really sure this is a trinity? This expansive house on the 1900 block of Waverly Street in Rittenhouse is far from the snug, compact and charmingly cramp compartment houses that we’ve come to know and adore. Guess what? We’re more than okay with that.

First of all, the kitchen is at street level and not in the bunker of a basement. Because of this, there is plenty of natural light and space. Hell, it has a dining area and regular sized appliances. To top it off, it comes with radiant heat floors.

Probably the most telling aspect about the homes’ size Read more »

House vs. House: Rittenhouse Square Neighbors Edition

All TREND images via Redfin

All TREND images via Redfin

So they’re not technically on the same street, but given that you can get to 1725 Lombard from Addison Street (it’s part of Addison Mews so an easement allows for this), not to mention they’re almost back-to-back location, we think it’s safe to deem these two neighbors. Here’s what each has to offer:

1725 Lombard is in possession of a three-story stairwell with a skylight, landscaped brick patio, and renovated kitchen with mahogany cabinets, granite tops, and stainless steel appliances. Its open floor plan living area comes with a working fireplace and there are two rooms with a refurbished bathroom on the second floor. The third level contains two more rooms, one of which is the master suite with a brand new custom-designed bathroom (it has a walk-in shower and radian heat flooring). A full basement is also available.

1737 Addison comes with parking and many of its original features have been refinished, including its original random-width hardwood floors. Then, like the Lombard home, it has outside rear access from its lower level where there’s a guest bedroom and office/den area (a wood-burning fireplace is here too). The dining room has deck access (and a second fireplace) and another office is on the third floor, along with a laundry area and master bedroom with skylight, wall of energy-efficient windows, and newer bathroom. A custom-built wine storage area is on the main floor. Read more »

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