Panorama 1354 on Flickr.
10th and Vine Streets
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This past Saturday I wandered over to the Spring Garden Flea Market. The only information I had was that it was held at the old Philadelphia Fedex location on 9th and Spring Garden. But what I found was a treasure trove of the most beautiful antiquejewelry and whimsical vintage toys, magazines and paraphernalia. It truly, and sentimentally, reminded me of the world famous weekend antique markets on Portabello Road in London.
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.
Middle Earth Noir on Flickr.
This is looking west from the base of the SEPTA spur. You can see the rail right of way pass below broad street and continue on the west side. This is the sliver of the right of way that Tower owns, alongside the Terminal Commerce Building. | Photo: Charles Anderson