Morning Headlines: Historic Building for “The Sound of Philadelphia” Sold

What's in store for the former site of the legendary Sigma Sound Studios?

Sigma Sound Studios | Image: Google Street View

Sigma Sound Studios | Image: Google Street View

We know all about Carl Dranoff’s plan to convert the former site of Philadelphia International Records into the sky-piercing SLS International Hotel & Residences. Now comes word that the former site of Sigma Sound Studios at 210-14 North 12th Street, the other building where “The Sounds of Philadelphia” was quite literally engineered, has been sold for redevelopment.

According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, entities under the names 210 North 12th Street Investments L.L.C. and 212 North 12th Street Investments L.L.C purchased the historic building for $1.55 million and plan to convert it into a yet-to-be-determined number of apartments.

The legendary recording studio was founded by Joseph Tarsia in 1968 and went on to produce hits from Billy Joel, Patti Labelle, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Village People, The Roots and many more hit-makers in its state-of-the-art environment. Back in October, a rare reel of David Bowie’s Young Americans sessions recorded at Sigma in August 1974 was found by Drexel professor Toby Seay. Drexel University inhertied the library of 6,200 master tapes in 2005.

Building that housed Sigma Sound Studios sold, will be converted to apartments [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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