Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dilworth House

A brouhaha on Washington Square? Yes indeed–for the better part of a decade now, a major condo proposal has lingered on its east side, behind 1950s-mayor Richardson Dilworth’s former residence, bisecting the two halves of the Athenaeum. This Turchi offering, including an expansion of that storied institution into Dilworth’s house financed by a 15-story Robert Venturi-designed condo structure behind, has caught the attention (and wrath) of preservation advocates, and a long train of Plan Philly stories.

Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

The proposal. Courtesy Plan Philly.

So, as the developer and the community fight one another, the site sits, a minor black hole on the square’s duller east side.

Stay tuned–we will have more information as and when court rulings happen it becomes available!

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New Condos In Society Hill

 

Traditionally suburban home developer Toll Brothers–of Naval Square fame–has set its sights on Society Hill, with a 69 unit, 68 feet tall condo unit by Headhouse Square, in the NewMarket site, as Plan Philly reports. With red brick and limestone wainscoting, this structure is deeply respectful of its historic surroundings.

Designed and contracted in-house, this project will also feature a small public space on the Headhouse Square side. Take a look at the renders and see for yourself.

Nevertheless, some near neighbors remain opposed to the structure: parking and sunlight issues have been brought up. Considering the rather vexed history of this site, we here are crossing our fingers and hoping everything gets worked out, and they are allowed to build.

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Big Changes Coming to Columbus Hall

Beautiful historic Columbus Hall, recently home to Ma Ma Yolanda’s, is getting some big new changes. According to the zoning permit, part of the fire tower is being demolished, with a large 4th floor addition being added to the rear and a roof deck out in front–this is coming as the whole structure is renovated to a nine family dwelling.

Beautiful building

We’re looking forward to the re-use of this grand Bella Vista icon and the potential for this stretch of 8th Street. With the incoming Growlers just a few doors down, gorgeous Cianfrani Park just up the street – one where we’re often known to hang – and hopefully a new coffee shop on the southeast side of 8th and Fitzwater, we’re sure that the people who move here will be more than a little pleased with their surroundings.

Cianfrani Park

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Big Bella Vista Rowhomes at Itty-Bitty Corner

Hidden away at the corner of Marshall and Clymer, just south of the 600 block of Fitzwater, we discovered two large new Bella Vista rowhomes going up.

 

JKR Partners is the listed architect of these handsome brick bad boys feature off-street parking–kind of important on a street too narrow to have any–and a mansard-inspired roof.

More details, including whether or not they were sold, as soon as we can get them!

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Big New Senior Center Going Up by Italian Market

Wooden

If you’ve been to the corner of 9th and Washington in the Italian Market lately, you’ll have noticed some wood framing sticking up nearby. Take a turn at Ellsworth, a block south, and there it is.

 

This extremely large new Italian Market senior center is to be called the Cedars Villa, according to the on-site render. K&A Architecture is responsible for the design, and it will have 64 apartments, 25 parking spaces, a community garden, and did we mention that it’s oh-so-close to the Italian Market? Seriously, if you’re eligible, get over there and check it out, it’s awesome.

As it gets closer to the finish line, expect us to check back in on it every so often!

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Redevelopment in Bella Vista: Demolition, New Houses

This old Modernist commercial structure at the corner of Catherine and Warnock–1020 Catherine Street–is slated to come down and be replaced by four new Bella Vista houses, according to the demolition permit. Each of these houses would come complete with pilot house, roof deck, and its own garage. Harman Deutsch is the listed architect, which gives a good idea what these homes will eventually look like.

This is how the property looked like walking by yesterday. We’ll keep you updated with more information as and when wrecking balls arrive on the site.

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Bella Vista Renovation Next to Nebinger

Beautiful Sunny Bella Vista

A renovated rowhome is coming in Bella Vista at 633 Carpenter Street, next door to the Nebinger School, a half-block away from the Santore Branch of the Free Library, and a block away from Washington Avenue. Handled by De Simone Contracting, this renovation is a gut job of the original (ca. 1840s) structure, involving an entirely new façade and a vastly improved third story.

We’ll keep you informed as we get more information on this wonderful little project!

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