City Life

The (Very Gentle) Fight to Save a Downingtown “Food Forest”

Dale Hendricks picks up a honey locust pod, snaps it open, and prods with his thumb at the glutinous lining. “Pigs will sell their souls […]


Historic Preservation Gets A Big Helping Hand From the National Trust

The designation of Philadelphia as the first and so far only World Heritage City in the United Statea two years ago brought with it bragging rights […]


The National’s Rebirth Officially Begins Friday

A little more than a year ago, as it was being demolished, the old National Products Company Building on North Second Street in Old City […]


Toll Brothers Caught Up in Chester County Historic Preservation Fight

As if the low-grade fight over its proposed condo tower on Jewelers Row weren’t enough, Toll Brothers now finds itself in another historic preservation fight […]


Jawdropper of the Week: A Reborn Classic in Rittenhouse for $3.69M

Wonder what opulence looked like in the mid-19th century? Wonder no more, for the architect who restored this gorgeous 1860 brownstone on Spruce Street in […]


The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For Its Closeup

I came to yesterday’s (Wednesday, May 17th) Urban Land Institute Philadelphia-sponsored tour of the Divine Lorraine Hotel prepared to be skeptical, for while I’d seen […]


Music to Return to the Met in Fall 2018

Somewhere in Heaven, Oscar Hammerstein is smiling: Eric Blumenfeld, who is currently restoring his Metropolitan Opera House at 858 N. Broad St. in Francisville to […]


Task Force to Revise City Preservation Policy

Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed a panel of developers, scholars, city officials and preservationists to recommend ways the city can better prevent its historic buildings […]


Another Upgrade In the Works for The Wissahickon

Another sign of the slow-motion transformation of the rental property market in Germantown is the just-concluded sale of The Wissahickon, a landmark apartment building at […]


Panel To Tackle Past, Present and Future in Chestnut Hill

Back in the 1960s, around the time each of them designed iconic residences in the neighborhood, architects Louis Kahn, Romaldo Giurgola and Robert Venturi discussed how […]


William Penn Grant to Help Chestnut Hill Preserve What’s Special About It

With a new name and fiftieth anniversary to celebrate, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy (CH Conservancy) is having quite the new year. And now, the CH Conservancy has even […]


The Top 5 Real Estate Stories of 2016

As we close the book on 2016, let’s take a look back at the year in real estate and development. What were the stories that […]


City to Seek Development Proposals for Historic Germantown YWCA

The Germantown YWCA, a hulking, historic shell of a building on Germantown Avenue near Vernon Park, could be headed for a new life. The Philadelphia […]

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 […]


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 […]