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Our occasional series on the buildings of Washington Square, once a center of American publishing and advertising, continues with a look at the Curtis Publishing Company building.
The Curtis Center, nee The Curtis Publishing Company, viewed from Independence Square.
For much of the 20th century, one of America's most popular magazines, rivaling Henry Luce's Life in circulation and influence, was The Saturday Evening Post. The descendant of The Pennsylvania Gazette, first published in 1728 and acquired by Benjamin Franklin the following year, the Post published investigative reporting, timely news, personality features, poetry, works of fiction, letters from readers and lots of photos and illustrations, most notably the Norman Rockwell paintings
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Thinking of selling your home soon? If you play your cards right, you can have the Philly Living team at Noah Ostroff and Associates handle your sale free of listing-side commission.
So what cards do you need to play? Actually, you only need to play one:
Submit a winning silent auction bid for the prize at the Philadelphia Children's Alliance's 14th annual Bear Affair fundraiser, which takes place this year on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Crystal Tea Room, on the ninth floor of The Wanamaker Building at 100 South Penn Square East.
The Bear Affair raises funds to support the…
The Navy Yard gets three more tenants; A possible first sign of the "Comcast effect" at work; The city picks a hometown firm to run its bike-share system — and pushes back its launch date; and Germantown residents make an effort to get ahead of the wave on gentrification:
Liberty to break ground on new 75,000 square foot building at Navy Yard (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Ireland company sets up Philadelphia office to be close to Comcast (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Philly picks company to build and run bike share, to open in 2015 (Newsworks|WHYY)
Gentrification's "winds of change" the focus of weekend forum in Germantown (Plan Philly)
The State of Center City 2014: Fine, save for that jobs part
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How's Center City Philadelphia doing this year?
Quite well on a number of fronts, according to the Center City District's latest "State of Center City" report. The one thorn on the Central Philly rose: Employment, where the city lagged both the region and the nation in job growth over the preceding one-year period and its East Coast peers over the long run.
First, the good news: We're No. 2! The population and housing explosion over the last year has propelled the population of…
The PFT and public school activists launch a campaign to dissolve the School Reform Commission; Axis Philly looks at Temple's drive to transform itself from a regional Rodney Dangerfield into a national powerhouse; a science-and-technology-focused charter school in the Far Northeast has become the hottest educational ticket in town, right up there with Masterman; and someone wants to build what at 20th and Wharton? Well, not really:
Public School Advocates Propose November Ballot Question on Dissolving SRC (CBS Philly)
Overlooked no more (Axis Philly)
Philly's coolest charter school is high-tech haven (Philadelphia Daily News|Philly.com)
Mega Gas Station and Animal Husbandry Planned for 20th and Wharton (Naked Philly)
Rittenhouse Estates rising fast; sales progressing even faster
Work is progressing at a steady pace on The Rittenhouse Estates, the followup to The Lombard Estates in Rittenhouse Square now being built by Realtor-developer Noah Ostroff, the sponsor of this blog.
We happened to be in the vicinity of the project site at 19th and Lombard streets last week, and thanks to a quirk in the construction process, found ourselves able to get some great pictures of foundation work nearing completion.
The quirk? In order to allow the cement trucks to deliver concrete to the site, the construction fencing had been lowered in several places, allowing us to take shots of the work in progress. We now share those photos with you. In the first of the photos below, we…
Carl Dranoff and One Riverside's neighbors meet rather than fight, and the result is a win-win-win for everyone; The expiration of a Keystone Opportunity Zone stands to turn Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack into one of the region's largest taxpayers, and Harrah's isn't happy about the development; as the Friends of the Rail Park move closer to making the first part of their vision for the Reading Viaduct reality, here's a cautionary tale from the Netherlands about the limits of such placemaking; and they're still tearing down houses at the Jersey Shore, but Sandy has nothing to do with the activity:
Changing Skyline: Harmony over planned One Riverside high-rise (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
Phabulous Philly Home of the Week: 2028 Chancellor St.
Though the current owner, who uses this charming, elegant space as an office, has one, you don't need a Ph.D. to see that this condo in the former John Wanamaker carriage house on secluded Chancellor Street near Rittenhouse Square is just right for your lifestyle.
Stylish and comfortable, it's equipped with the best of everything, starting with the bamboo hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout. High ceilings and large windows add to the sense of spaciousness and light.
The foyer, with its large window, opens onto the open plan main space. Along with the living room and kitchen, it forms a seamless whole.
The thoroughly modern kitchen features traditionally styled cabinetry with…
Living up to its name, Philadelinquency gives us a vivid and colorful portrait of the city's property tax deadbeats; Wash West and Mayfair move cautiously towards creating Neighborhood Improvement Districts; a historic gateway to West Mount Airy will rise again, thanks to the efforts of two neighborhood groups; and the PhillyHistory Blog gives us a tour of a Gilded Age Parkside mansion many of whose Gilded Age features have survived intact:
MORE MAP PORN: And Now, The Spring 2014 Property Tax Deadbeat Collection (Philadelinquency)
Mayfair and Washington Square West flirt with improvement districts (Plan Philly)
Lincoln Drive gateway project gets financial boost (Newsworks|WHYY)
Parkside Revisited (Again): A Look Inside 4230 Parkside…
There's old, and then there's "old." As anyone who has read the many groans over Robert A.M. Stern's design for the Museum of the American Revolution (like this one, or this one, or this one) should know, efforts to create faux-historic buildings often ring false. But at least Stern understands the architectural language, as his authentically Neo-Georgian McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn demonstrated. Some architects don't even get that right, such as the one who designed the structure where we found this gimcrack recently. Where did we spot this? And if you know, can you tell us why this building is much worse than Stern's?
Answer next week.
Photo by the author
Last week's Hidden Treasure…