Architecture & Design


Hard Hat Tour: East Market’s First Building

MOM is getting ready to welcome her neighbors to East Market come this fall. That’s MOM as in “MOM’s Organic Market,” the first tenant signed for […]


Scientists Discover a New Shade of Blue That Could Lower Your AC Bill

Back in 2009, a group of scientists at Oregon State University were testing new materials to be used in tech advancements. What they found instead […]


An Idea Factory Adds a “Quiet Car” for Concentration

“New ideas need old buildings,” the celebrated urbanist author Jane Jacobs once wrote. And in his search for a place where his firm could meet […]


This One Paint Job Could Make Your House Sell for $1,400 More

If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale (or if it’s been sitting on the market for a hot minute), maybe it’s time to […]


That House Out There: Modern with a Classical Accent in Queen Village

The beautiful thing about Postmodernism is it allows you to mix and match periods and styles to your liking. Usually, the standard pairing is the […]

Margaret Esherick House

A Louis Kahn Icon in Chestnut Hill Wins National Preservation Award

The Margaret Esherick House in Chestnut Hill, one of Louis Kahn’s few residential commissions, has just won a national award for the preservation effort that […]


These Are The Region’s 8 Best Developments

The Philadelphia region is brimming with talented architects and designers cranking out imaginative, creative and attractive buildings. And they’re all putting them in University City. […]


University City Preservation Tragedy: When Density Begets Dullness

One of the positive aspects of the current development boom in Philly is that long-underutilized land is being put to better use. Denser development makes […]


First-Time Find: Urbane Renewal in Fishtown

You’ve seen houses like these before in neighborhoods across the city: smaller rowhouses set back from the street, shrinking violets that often exude charm but […]


Korman Center Renewal Gets Under Way at Drexel

When Drexel University moved its library across 33rd Street from the heart of campus in 1977, the family of Maximilian Korman (Class of 1929) and […]


Main Line Monday: A Woodsy Midcentury Modern Retreat in Penn Valley

Midcentury Modern homes come in two basic varieties: homes that stand in defiance of their environment and homes that embrace their environment. This home is […]


A Celebration of the Woodwards, The Family That Made Chestnut Hill

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chestnut Hill’s “town hall,” the Chestnut Hill Community Centre. To mark the occasion, ensure the building lasts another […]


A Midcentury Modern Apartment Complex Gets a 21st-Century Redo

I will confess it’s a little unsettling to report on a ribbon-cutting that includes the unveiling of a historic plaque on an apartment complex that was […]


Cambria Hotel Breaks Ground Before It’s Ground

No actual ground was broken in this morning’s ceremony at the site of the future Cambria Hotel and Suites on the Avenue of the Arts, […]


A Great Start for a Rookie Developer

It hasn’t been all that long since Frank DiCianni graduated from Drexel University in 2012. But the 26-year-old has his sights set on becoming a […]