Last week, we told you about plans to construct a large building on the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street, next door to the most excellent Prohibition Taproom. Well, it seems like the development spirit is alive and well on this block, as we have news today about another development that’s apparently coming to this block, after being approved by the ZBA in January. This project will take place on the vacant lot at the southeast corner of 13th and Buttonwood, across the street from the bar and the proposed development that we mentioned the other day.
The Church of the Assumption, 1123 Spring Garden St.: In September 2010, the Historical Commission voted, 6-5, to grant the church’s owner, the nonprofit Siloam — which provides services to people with AIDS and HIV — permission to demolish the church, claiming financial hardship because it didn’t have the money to properly maintain it. The church was designed and built in 1848 by Patrick Charles Keely, one of the most prolific ecclesiastical architects of the 19th century. Former Bishop John Neumann helped consecrate the church, and religious sister Katharine Drexel was baptized there. Both later became Catholic saints.
FIGHTING BACK: The Callowhill Neighborhood Association filed an appeal of the Historical Commission’s demolition permit to the Board of L&I Review. The group’s attorney, Samuel C. Stretton, said the L&I board overturned the Historical Commission’s demolition vote. Siloam is now appealing that decision in Common Pleas Court.
Eraserhood Forever, a set on Flickr.
Three images from eraserhood.com/ will be hanging in PhilaMOCA’s “Eraserhood Forever” exhibition!
PhilaMOCA and Cinedelphia.com present ERASERHOOD FOREVER
A celebration of all things David Lynch
On Friday, July 13, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art will host ERASERHOOD FOREVER, an art show/celebration held in honor of the building’s new Eraserhead mural (south-side exterior) by artist Evan Cairo
The neighborhood north of Center City that houses PhilaMOCA is often referred to by a variety of names: Callowhill, the Loft District, West Poplar. But for many Philadelphians it will always be known as the Eraserhood, an affectionate nod to the area’s presence in Eraserhead as well as the greater impact that the environment had on the career of director David Lynch. Disturbing yet humorous, dangerous yet comforting…these are the contradictory words often associated with Lynch’s work and are easily applied to PhilaMOCA as well.
A David Lynch-themed art show reception (curated by Chip Schwartz) will be held from 6-8:30pm followed by live performances from:
FULL BLOWN CHERRY – Philly-based rockabilly trio
VOID VISION – Haunting, atmospheric one-woman electronica from Philly
Live Lynch-themed sketch comedy from local group favorites
SECRET PANTS: http://secretpants.net/
and CAMP WOODS: http://campwoods.net/
plus Lynch-themed burlesque from NYC’s famed FRANCINE “THE LUCID DREAM” (aka “The Blue Rose of Burlesque”)
and it all kicks off with a live reading of an original essay on Lynch/Eraserhood from local favorite Juliet Hope Wayne.
Art reception at 6pm; performances start at 8:30pm.
Refreshments courtesy of Narragansett Beer Co. and Red Bull.
Panorama 1265 on Flickr.
Abandoned Church12th and Spring Garden StreetsPhiladelphia, PACopyright © 2012, Bob Bruhin. All rights reserved.(via bruhinb.deviantart.com/art/Panorama-1265-312222757)
It’s official: The city’s largest men’s shelter and the central intake facility for all homeless men in Philadelphia is all but cleared out to make way for, of all things, a new Stephen Starr commissary. The men who stay there — about 66 remaining as of Wednesday, according to shelter director Julius Jackson— were moved yesterday to other accommodations. “Where?” you might wonder. Well, one answer is: not Center City.
A vacant, 5,000+ sqft lot immediately next door to Prohibition Taproom looks like it won’t be vacant for much longer. Under contract at an asking price of $425K, a zoning application for 1241 Buttonwood St. is being heard today by the ZBA.
I worked at the Inquirer building for 30 years, and I loved it. In the old days, when it really felt like a newspaper, you could stand in a glass-walled passageway overlooking the cavernous composing room and watch the papers speed off the giant presses. It gave me goose bumps every time.
When the presses were cranking up, the whole building shook. The ink-stained pressmen—yes, they were all men—wore folded newspaper caps. It was right out of The Front Page. The pressmen left when print operations moved to Conshohocken. The composing room was rebuilt into a giant newsroom for the Inky.
Panorama 1255 on Flickr.
Sunset from 12th and Vine Streets
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