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“Real World House” Gets Approval to Become Gourmet Food Store, Completing the Cycle of Life

The building pictured above–variously known as the National Corn Exchange, the Girard Corn Exchange Bank, Trust, the Real World House, the Corn Exchange Building, and […]

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Philly Ghost Signs Being Repainted / Gallery By Laura Kicey

The AP’s Kathy Matheson wrote a piece about a new project for Philadelphia’s ghost signs–those faded remnants of business names once brightly painted onto a building’s […]

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Seaside Heights Roller Coaster Will Be Demoed Today

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Inside Some of Philadelphia’s Most Extraordinary Forbidden Buildings

Yesterday tickets went on sale for the Hidden City Festival, which opens nine buildings to the public for the first time. The Festival runs for […]

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What Is the Future of Water in Philadelphia? [VIDEO]

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Rittenhouse Square’s Art Alliance to Get Gift Shop, Renovations

Maybe you’ve wandered by the Wetherill Mansion and have felt a little too intimidated to walk inside. The grand building can look a little foreboding […]

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Don’t Call It “Ruin Porn”: Amazing Photos of the SS United States

Photographer and workshop leader Matthew Christopher, who runs Abandoned America, has a two-part code of ethics when it comes to photography. In fact, it may […]

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For Sale: The Former Home of Albert Barnes, the Man Behind the Barnes Foundation

It took Dr. Michael Toaff and his wife five minutes to decide they were going to buy Albert Barnes’s Merion estate in 1988. That was […]

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Property’s Morning Obsession: The Hidden City Festival

Hidden City just announced the second year of its Festival, and my how it’s grown. The interdisciplinary organization–anchored by a fascinating website that delves into […]

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Ambler’s Divine Lorraine Equivalent Gets Sustainable Stamp of Approval

The Ambler Boiler House is arguably the most recognizable piece of architecture in the borough, with its looming smokestack, iconic side view and hulking mass. […]

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Photos at a Demolition: The Gettysburg Cyclorama

It was past vs. past: the 20th-century history of modernist architecture vs. the 19th-century history of the civil war. Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra designed a […]