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.

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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 »

Spotted on Spruce: Six-Bedroom Brownstone Relisted for $450,000 Less

Images via Listhub

Images via Listhub

Jetted blue tub aside, this home feels ready-made for a period film starring Kate Winslet, naturally, and Bradley Cooper in his first stab at an early 20th-century piece dealing with the lurid entanglements of Philadelphia’s high society. In other words, it’s a pretty fancy house. (Also, if you laughed at my latter casting choice, the Academy has nominated the guy for acting three times. You’re telling me he couldn’t do it? Pshaw!)

If the home seems familiar, that’s because we featured it last April in a Brownstone vs. Brownstone showdown. Back then it was listed for over $2.2. million, followed by an August removal from the market. Now it’s been relisted for $1.78 million. Know any production companies ready to shoot a prequel to a retelling of the Stanford White murder? His killer, Harry K. Thaw, lived three blocks up from this very residence, which could serve as Thaw’s home in this imaginary movie, am I right?

In any case, here are the home’s specifics:

Converted Corner Duplex on Waverly Street in Rittenhouse Asks $800,000

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach Center City - Rittenhouse Hotel

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach Center City – Rittenhouse Hotel

Lookin’ for some space near Rittenhouse? Here’s a converted duplex tucked away on the corner of Waverly and Capitol Streets at the southern edge of Rittenhouse. In case you need to place it in your minds’ eye, it’s between 20th and 21st Streets and Pine and Lombard Streets. Are you all set now? Good. Read more »

Rittenhouse Renovation by Adam Zangrilli Includes Master Suite with Bonus Room

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Rittenhouse Hotel

About two-three blocks from Rittenhouse Square is this 17th Street townhouse, a home situated between Pine and Spruce that’s been appointed with, by the looks of the photos, a pristine renovation by Adam Zangrilli of Zangrilli Design – Build.

Granite envelopes the kitchen’s island and counter tops, while the custom cabinetry is made of solid cherry wood, and stainless steel appliances boast manufacturers like Dacor and Bosch. Each of the three bedrooms has the luxury of having an en-suite bathroom, but it’s the master suite that lucked out: full floor bedroom, exposed brick, walk-in closet, a “spa-style” bathroom, plus, a small bonus room (might we suggest a potential office? newborn nursery room?).  Up on the third floor is one of the washer/dryer sets (the other is in the dry unfinished basement). Additional info and parking details below.

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