The Northwestern folks commissioned architect Phillip Merz to design a monumentally impressive bank building that would stand out on a corner that already boasted such great architecture as the Lorraine Hotel, Park Theatre, and American Trust Loan and Guarantee Investment Company. Following the trend of neoclassical architecture that was so popular at the time–new money must look old, now isn’t that the story here?–Merz gave them a 50′ x 90′ stone monolith. It was built in 1918 and boasted Anti-Hydro, a high tech waterproofing concrete, for its foundation. It cost $200,000–over $2 million today.
The 1849 Church of the Assumption, placed on Philadelphia’s Register of Historic Places in 2009 and threatened with demolition, will have its day in Common Please Court Thursday, May 10, almost a year after a ruling by the Philadelphia Historical Commission allowing demolition was overturned by the city’s Board of License and Inspection Review.
I read a really fun article lately that made a humorous proposal for a David Lynch monument in Callowhill. Lynch has repeatedly cited Philadelphia, and more specifically Callowhill as the inspiration for everything he’s done to date. I’m envisioning his trademarked zig zag floor pattern covering the path up the Reading Viaduct towards a statue of the alien baby from Eraserhead. It was a silly off the cuff proposal, but whether you like Lynch or not (or perhaps more applicable, whether you GET him or not), he is one of the most prolific film makers of the late 20th Century, and although he’d probably loathe what’s become of his neighborhood, the fact that he credits this industrial relic as his muse could be used to the neighborhood’s advantage.
Angered by media mis-portrayal of their chosen art form, local burlesque performers and exotic dancers are planning a May 1 visit to the property of the Philadelphia Daily News to introduce their reporters to dancers who are not on the “downward spiral” reported by the newspaper’s “experts.
The Food Experiments, the traveling amateur cooks contest that Brooklyn dudes Nick Suarez and Theo Peck brought to town last year in the form of The Philly Cheese Experiment, is returning on May 6 with the Sandwich Experiment at the Underground Arts at the Wolf Building.
More about the Viaduct, coming soon!
Taking a cue from our friends over at West Philly Local, I would like to point out we have an Eraserhood business up for a Best of Philly 2012 award: Trestle Inn was nominated in the City Brunch category.
You can help Trestle Inn win by casting your votes on this page. You can come back and vote daily until Monday, May 21. The awards will be announced in Philadelphia Magazine’s August issue.