A vacant, 5,000+ sqft lot immediately next door to Prohibition Taproom looks like it won’t be vacant for much longer. Under contract at an asking price of $425K, a zoning application for 1241 Buttonwood St. is being heard today by the ZBA.
I worked at the Inquirer building for 30 years, and I loved it. In the old days, when it really felt like a newspaper, you could stand in a glass-walled passageway overlooking the cavernous composing room and watch the papers speed off the giant presses. It gave me goose bumps every time.
When the presses were cranking up, the whole building shook. The ink-stained pressmen—yes, they were all men—wore folded newspaper caps. It was right out of The Front Page. The pressmen left when print operations moved to Conshohocken. The composing room was rebuilt into a giant newsroom for the Inky.
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Sunset from 12th and Vine Streets
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Eraserhead Mural (creation of local artist Evan Cairo)
Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art
531 North 12th Street
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The mid-sized music venue has generated a ton of buzz, quickly emerging as one of Philly’s best. Drawing an impressive list of acts in its first year and providing a beautifully appointed interior, tremendous sound and a smartly-placed back-bar, the building has come a long way since its days as the Spring Garden Market, a name which it held before 1895, according to the photo taken from G.W. Bromley’s Philadelphia Atlas.
Busy day in the ‘Hood!
On the side of an art studio where Ridge Avenue meets Spring Garden, there used to be a fantastic painting that let everyone know that Mitch Hedberg was an amazing comedian who deserved to be celebrated.
Now, Mitch Hedberg has been replaced with the image of another awesome person, Jack Nance from the movie “Eraserhead”, which was made by filmmaker David Lynch. Lynch is the artistic genius behind such movies as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and Blue Velvet.
Lynch’s films are often very surreal, and he had a very unique relationship with Philadelphia, as evidenced by this earlier LOLadelphia post.