Frank Furness’ Factory for Art at PAFA

In 2012, institutions across Philadelphia are celebrating the architectural acheivements of the heroic life of Frank Furness (1839-1912). After service in the cavalry in the Civil War, for which he won the Medal of Honor, Furness designed nearly 1,000 projects for the Philadelphia engineers and industrialists who together transformed the United States. For this clientele, Furness created a new architecture that incorporated the materials and expressed the energy of the Iron Age. Just as Barcelona’s Antonio Gaudi symbolized his city in the 20th century, Furness embodied the values of Philadelphia in the Industrial Age.

118-128 N. Broad St.

Now through Dec. 30

Admission: adults $15, seniors and students $10, youth $10

(via What’s Happening In Philly | The Triangle)

“Four Quartets” at Marginal Utility

Marginal Utility presents “Four Quartets,” an interactive installation of new works by the Philadelphia based artist Jeanne Jaffe, informed by T.S. Eliot’s book of poetry by the same name. Based on the rhythm, time, and musicality of Eliot’s poems, Jaffe’s exhibit plays with those themes of time, paradox, recurrence, stillness, and the possibilities within them, and can be seen through October 21 at 319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia.

(via Weekly Entertainment Guide – Halloween celebrations and Mural Arts month — NewsWorks)

The new owner of the Church of the Assumption said he still does not know what he will do with the historic building at 1133 Spring Garden St., a week after a Common Pleas Court judge ruled that the Philadelphia Historical Commission was right in granting the previous owner a permit to demolish it.

Chinatown developer John Wei, who purchased the church and adjacent school, rectory, convent and land in July, said he has “no idea yet” what he will do with the property. “I’ve got to check it out. Before, I was thinking of saving it. But now I see there are problems.”

Wei, of MJ Central Investment LP, said he plans to talk to his architect and “see what we can do. The problem is, the city has issued violations, and the building is dangerous.”

(via New owner of historic Callowhill neighborhood church unsure of its future | PlanPhilly: Planning Philadelphia’s Future)

Dear Reading Viaduct:

I love, so much, the part of you I have come to know already. The tiny green-space beside Noble Street, in the shadow of the Lasher Building and the Terminal Commerce Center, first woke me to the faded industrial glories of the neighborhood I now affectionately call the Eraserhood. This is why I still visit at least once a week to eat lunch and look at the vista of the surrounding neighborhood. I feel this is one of the best places to come to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Callowhill Industrial Historic District, commemorating Philadelphia’s former industrial might.

(via Philly Love Notes: Love Note #85: Bob Bruhin loves the tiny green-space beside Noble Street at the Reading Viaduct in Callowhill)