New Listing: Another Society Hill Contemporary Designed by I.M. Pei

237 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

237 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Days after finding out one of I.M. Pei’s oeuvres was back on the market, this time as a rental, we now discover another one of his works is for sale. In true Pei style, this 1963 townhouse has a boxy construction with plenty of light-friendly openings, the most notable being the sky-lit circular staircase.

Hardwood floors are featured throughout, but the second-level living area includes built-in shelves, wood-burning fireplace and a Juliet balcony. (There’s also a den here, which can serve as a third bedroom.) The kitchen is on the first floor and boasts butcher block counters, double sink, trash compactor and GE double ovens, while the neighboring dining room vaunts four panel glass doors that open to a brick paved garden with access to gated parking nearby.

Gallery below.

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Back On The Market: Society Hill Stunner Designed by I.M. Pei

269 Saint Joseph's Way, Philadelphia, PA

269 Saint Joseph’s Way, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Drew Callaghan

We wrote about this beautiful Bingham Court townhome in April when it was listed for sale and going for $1,395,000. It sold in August after a minor price cut, but a close source recently informed us that it was put on the market again. Sure enough, Zillow says the now rental was listed in November and is now asking for $7,000/month (two big notches down from the original $9,000/month).

Aside from being crafted by one of the masters of modern architecture, the home boasts a cozy wood-burning fireplace, high ceilings and a wall of windows to enjoy the sunlight. There’s also a gourmet eat-in kitchen with double sink, granite countertops and slate flooring, as well as appliances by Viking and Wolfe. The fridge is Subzero.

See Drew Callaghan‘s gallery below!

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Morning Headlines: 500 Walnut Gets Design Approval Recommendation

500Walnut-Rendering-new copy The proposed 500 Walnut tower that would overlook Independence Hall may have already received zoning approval, but its developer and architect still had one more group to convince for its design last week. This past Friday, they got just that as the Philadelphia Historical Commission gave the newly tweaked building an approval recommendation.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports Cecil Baker, the architect chosen for the Scannapieco Development project, presented his alterations before the commission, the commission’s Architectural Committe and the Philadelphia Art Commission. Changes included a proposal for the use of “greenish glass and metal curtain walls, with areas of stone classing to the base” and “a mix of metal-frame windows and multi-story window walls” for the upper floors.

Baker’s adjustments to 500 Walnut comes from input he received from commission members, local residents and the National Park Service. Here’s more from PlanPhilly: Read more »

Two Bells for Society Hill Society


Craig LaBan enjoys much of what he eats from chef Yun Fuentes’s menu at Society Hill Society. In particular he enjoys brunch and the fresh Pilsner Urquel.

His ode to pierogi are delicate, their handmade sour cream dumpling skins stuffed with truffled mashed potatoes over molasses-sweetened Vidalia onion jam. He tapas-izes chicken pot pie, tucking a creamy velouté of leg meat, carrots, and peas into croquette sticks that would please even the toughest Amish Spaniard. His summer peach soup is simply a gazpacho-good tribute to ripe local summer fruit, the sweet pureed peaches tanged with a hint of vinegar and garlic, sparked with salty bits of shaved ham and tiny floating spheres of creamy goat cheese.

Two Bells – Very Good

For another opinion on this Society Hill restaurant, read Trey Popp’s review of Society Hill Society from the October issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Society Hill Society inspired by the past [Philadelphia Inquirer]

TONIGHT: Guest Bartender, Weird Cocktails at Society Hill Society

society-hill-society-logoGuest bartender Sacha Durham, of Amada, will be joining Stephen Seibert behind the bar at Society Hill Society tonight in whipping up some weird but must-try cocktails. Enjoy the creations from 7 p.m. until close.

Industry folks get a 20% discount tonight at Society Hill, as well as every other Tuesday night, with proof of employment.

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Tuesday Trinity: A Wood-Beamed Beauty Near South Street

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

417 Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Sitting on narrow Gaskill Street (a quieter alternative to neighboring South Street), this three-story row house in Society Hill enjoys a modern/vintage design with its hardwood floors, exposed red brick, and new ceiling fans. A new air conditioner was also added in 2012.

In the kitchen you’ll find SS appliances, marble countertops, and exposed wood beams; second floor contains the only bathroom, while the third includes a second bedroom with custom-shelved closet. There’s also a sunken landing on the first floor and private back patio.

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On the Market: Two Society Hill Rowhouses Between Delancey and Pine

featured-- 334 and 332 S 3rd Street Philadelphia PA

Two homes, both alike in dignity in fair Society Hill where we lay our scene… Alike in dignity, indeed. These two homes, which sit side by side on the 300 block of South Third Street, are on the market, and I can’t decide whether it might have been an amusing happenstance the neighbors laughed off or if there’s underlying tension regarding who sells their home first and at what price.

Or maybe it’s no big deal. (Although, this thread on the etiquette of listing at the same time as your neighbor begs to differ.)

What the two have in common is an interior that’s at odds with their historic facades– but not in a bad way. They both appear as modern as the younger properties in Graduate Hospital, while still preserving charming historical notes. For example…

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Restaurant Review: Society Hill Society


Society Hill Society | Photo by Courtney Apple

In the annals of faint praise, neighborhood restaurant is a peculiar epithet. People usually apply it to the places that make them feel most welcome. Yet it’s a dismissive classification—not just because it implies that a place merits only limited attention, but because it suggests that one neighborhood restaurant is more or less interchangeable with any other. Warm hospitality, a menu that’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, consistent cooking, and bang—your Brewerytown pals are all, “Why can’t somebody open a place like this by us?”

Nobody would ask that about Society Hill Society, because Reed Barrow has remade the old Artful Dodger into a public house that looks like pints have been sliding across its hammered copper bar since the first bricks were laid on Headhouse Square (and only lately, eclectic cocktails). Locally crafted spindle chairs and coarse-grained chestnut soak up the warm light of yellow globe fixtures on patched plaster ceilings. The upper bar shelves hold objects so random, it seems they must have taken decades to accrue. Is that a femur wedged in next to the ship captain’s hat?

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Reduced: Society Hill Beauty Gets Price Cut of $100K

311 spruce

This high-ceilinged Society Hill townhouse has a traditional facade that hides a mix of modern and historic elements. The kitchen has Viking stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and backsplash, Shaker-style wood cabinets, and limestone flooring. The formal dining and living rooms have crown molding and wood floors. There’s a breakfast room that leads out to the red brick garden.

The second floor has the master suite, a rear library with built-ins, and a small deck. Another deck is possible right off the stairs leading to the third floor, where two bedrooms share a marble bathroom. A fourth bedroom with a bathroom and bonus open area can be found on the fourth floor. The lower level has a media room.

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Cheese Curd Redemption at Independence Beer Garden


Adam Erace reviews the pop-up Independence Beer Garden and offers tips for where and when to hang out but skewers the food, save what comes with cheese curds.

But don’t miss the cheese curds, light little poufs of tempura-fried Vermont goodness served with sweet, smoky tomato jam, the marinara to these new-school mozzarella sticks.

At Independence Beer Garden, a democratic menu of bar fare [City Paper]
Independence Beer Garden [Foobooz]

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