News & Notes: 10/16-10/22

New life for landmark church in South Philadelphia (Plan Philly, 10/18/10)

While the struggle continues over the future of the Church of the Assumption in Callowhill, another distinctive religious building appears to have a much brighter horizon. The Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Philadelphia is in the midst of growing from its German roots into a Vietnamese Buddhist temple.  Continue reading….

Kimpton plans to turn historic, 5th and Chestnut building into Monaco hotel (Inquirer, 10/20/10)

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants of San Francisco plans a second outpost in Philadelphia: a Monaco hotel at the historic Lafayette Building at Fifth and Chestnut Streets.  Continue reading….

Theophilus the Architect (Brownstoner, 10/21/10)

A goodly number of the 176 buildings designed by gilded-age architect Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Jr. are no longer with us. But in its Chandler Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia has 177 drawings, 1,400 photographs, 255 books and a shelf groaning under the weight of manuscripts. Does having a great archive mean you don’t really need to worry about preservation? Does knowledge somehow forgive a missing urge to preserve? Or does documentation make losses all the more painful? Continue reading….

Twentieth-Century High-Rises (Brownstoner, 10/20/10)

That people on van Pelt are willing to give up space to bump elbows with the rich and famous should not be surprising: after all, that’s the premise behind Rittenhouse high-rises. Beginning in the 1920s, apartment towers rose all around Rittenhouse Square, blotting out the spires of the Church of the Holy Trinity from the skyline completely. Continue reading….

Brownstoner’s Buildings of the Day (10/18-10/21)

Drexel Main Hall, Bishop White House, Shiloh Baptist Church, Overbrook Gardens Court.  Click here to view….



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