The Divine Lorraine looms over North Broad Street like a gigantic contradiction. Graffiti tags mar its grand facade from street level to towers. Its shattered windows open into a hulk of a building long-since gutted by scavengers and failed renovations. 

Clearly crumbling toward an unpleasant end, the Divine Lorraine’s mortality seems self-evident.

But don’t try telling that to developer Eric Blumenfeld. When he looks at the 10-story tower, he sees only possibilities. To him, the building holds the key to a massive renaissance that would restore North Broad Street  to the grand boulevard it was when the brand-new Lorraine Apartments opened in 1894.

(via New possibilities for the once grand hotel Divine Lorraine — NewsWorks)