Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at stepping up the city’s efforts at historic preservation.
The measure would create a “Special Committee for Consideration of National Register of Historic Places.” Its purpose would be to review all of the properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places but absent from the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, and to determine which of those properties should be certified historic at the local level.
Only buildings that are certified historic on the Philadelphia Register are subject to special local protections against alteration or demolition.
For every ballyhooed success — Minnesota’s Travail, raising a quarter-mil — there’s a project like Philly’s own Yachtsman, which earned some derision for its (successful) late-inning tactics. Supporters laud the simplicity of the act: Why jump through all those flaming SBA hoops when you can get the cash infusion you need from your own customer base? Detractors, meanwhile, resent the implication that they should help pay for an establishment that’s already planning to take their money.
Tony Montagnaro, a member of the cooperative developing W/N W/N (“Win Win”) in a former Thai restaurant in the Eraserhood (931 Spring Garden St.), has been grappling with this issue since they began work on their cafe-bar-restaurant in early 2014.
Philadelphia’s cult fried chicken and donut shop Federal Donuts launched a collection of bespoke donuts to commemorate David Lynch’s Fall 2014 exhibit at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where Lynch enrolled as an advanced painting student in 1966. “The Unified Field” is the first retrospective of the work he completed as a visual artist, with some 90 paintings and drawings on display until January 2015.
Federal Donuts created four custom flavors to fete the return of the storied director to Philadelphia, the city he credits as his greatest influence. Two thousand mini donuts were individually hand-dipped for the opening of the exhibit: the Twin Peaks-inspired “Cherry Pie” and “Good Coffee”; the “Chocolate Malted”; and the “Blue Velvet.”
We captured the process behind the recipe creation, learned what it’s like to taste art, and watched as Lynch enjoyed some damn good donuts.
Leave it to our friends over at Welcome to Twin Peaks to suss out all the cool info. This time they discovered that 2429 Aspen St, the second house where David Lynch and Jack Fisk lived in Philadelphia, is currently up for sale. From the Trulia listing:
3+Story,Row/Townhous, Trinity – PHILADELPHIA, PA
2429 Aspen St Historic charm meets modern living. High ceilings, original Heart Pine floors, crown molding, newer storm.screen front door and replacement windows throughout. Newer Mitsubishi mini-split ductless A/C and heat pump system with individually controlled units on each fl.(Main house heat is gas hot water radiators). Wired for multimedia speaker system. Security system, custom radiator covers, remote controlled lied ceiling fans on each fl. First floor boasts newer gourmet kitchen complete with Corian counters, raised eating bar, double sink, disposal, and water purifier. Plenty of build in …cabinets, including pull out spice and canned goods storage. Stainless steel appliances including newer built-in microwave, and a cooks stove complete with pot-filler faucet and subway tile back splash. Eat in the kitchen or dine alfresco in your fenced private garden with brick patio complete with Southern Magnolia, and shaded southern exposure. Built-in irrigation system for easy maintenance of trees, garden beds, window boxes and container gardens. Second floor has a bright living room/second bedroom(it is a trinity after all) and a ceramic tile bathroom with tub/shower surround, newer pedestal sink and toilet, and tin ceiling with crown molding. Third floor is spacious master bedroom with loads of built in closet space with pocket doors, windows on two sides give it loads of light and air. Plenty of room for dressers and seating area. Semi-finished basement with high ceilings, washer, dryer and utility sink along with storage and workspace This welcoming neighborhood is convenient to public transportation and downtown shopping. Walk to Ben Franklin Parkway, the museums, great local cafes and restaurants, Fairmount Park and more.Enjoy urban life or relax with a cup of tea in your private bricked patio garden. Once the home of director David Lynch of Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks fame, now you cold call it home.