house for sale yardley

House of the Week: Perfectly Situated, Beautiful Stone Manor in Yardley

What a treasure this is. Lanrick Manor, built around 1704, has beautiful period details throughout its 3,800 square feet, including antique hardware, random-width hardwood floors […]

scranton lace

Exquisite: Laura Kicey’s Photos of Former Lace Factory

“Get out of town,” said Cole Porter. “Don’t fence me in,” he said, also. The guy had serious wanderlust, and when it’s nice out, so […]


Speaking of the Divine Lorraine, Eric Blumenfeld Channels ’80s Band Starship

Developer Eric Blumenfeld–who now owns the Divine Lorraine and will apparently do the same NOTHING with it that everyone else has–is having a bad couple […]


Kenny Gamble’s Petition to Demolish Royal Theater Due to “Financial Hardship” Faces More Opposition

Kenny Gamble’s attempt to demolish most of the historic Royal Theater on 15th and South, an African-American landmark, faces more than just the approval of […]

st. peter's church

Abandoned America Tours Keep Selling Out. Photos By Laura Kicey

Matthew Christopher is a photographer of decrepit, abandoned places who shares his technical expertise with other photographers in weekend workshops. The Abandoned America series took […]

rittenhouse square

Rittenhouse Square to Get New Lighting. Now About Those Rats…

The Friends of Rittenhouse Square have been on an improvement tear. Last summer, Friends President Betsy Hummel announced Phase One of the group’s lighting project–including […]


The Amazing History of the People’s Trust Co. at 12th and Arch, Once Home to the Fabric Workshop

Now here’s a building from when they knew how to build buildings. The People’s Trust Company Building ruled the corner of 12th and Arch for […]

philadelphia newtown square kitchen

Renovation Diary: Scott and Peggy Brehman’s Newtown Square Dairy Barn

If ever there were two people who know how to remake a space, it’s Scott and Peggy Brehman. Scott is co-owner of B&H Investment Properties, […]


Divine Lorraine Featured on Web Urbanist As Abandoned and Apparently Hopeless

Remember the Divine Lorraine? That big, beautiful, abandoned building on North Broad Street that Mayor Nutter said was a cornerstone of Philadelphia’s revival and that […]

st john the evangelist church

Renderings of Townhomes to Replace St. John the Evangelist at 3rd and Reed

Yet another house of worship goes the way of all Philly churches: this time, it’s St. John the Evangelist at Third and Reed, which cannot […]

hidden city festival

Beautiful Photos of Hidden City Festival Installations (Tomorrow Is Free!)

The Hidden City Festival brings contemporary art and performance into forgotten and forbidden sites across the city for music lovers, urban explorers, ruin festishists, art enthusiasts, history […]

royal theater

Petitioner Seeks to Turn Royal Theater Over to Feibush

Earlier this year, after Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies put the crumbling Royal Theater on South Street up for sale, real estate agent and developer Ori […]

venturi ghost house

Makeover Nearly Complete for Nonexistent Old City Home

The most famous house not standing in Philadelphia is almost ready to receive visitors again as the reconstruction of Franklin Court in Old City has […]


Whatever Happened to…Northern National Bank?

We welcome to these digital pages GroJLart, author and editor of the blog Philaphilia, who chronicles Philadelphia history and development in a spicy way. In […]

Bart Blatstein's Tower Place

Blatstein, Hotel Monaco Win Big for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Later this morning the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia will bestow its annual awards on 16 restoration and revitalization projects in the region. Among the […]