8 Projects Win Willard Rouse Awards – Sw

8 Projects Win Willard Rouse Awards – Swarthmore Town Center West | Photo from Swarthmore College via ULI Philadelphia Judging from the major elements contained in this year’s honorees at the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia’s fourth annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence, the city’s architectural and development communities have not only become masters at multitasking, they’ve managed to successfully complete their context sensitivity training. Whether t… http://ow.ly/fpUR50cbTEn

1911 Walnut to Be Mixed-Use, Mixed-Incom

1911 Walnut to Be Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Project – The Sansom Street elevation of the revised Southern Land tower proposed for 1911 Walnut. The Warwick Apartments, part of the revised development, are at the extreme left. | Renderings: Southern Land Company Southern Land Company appeared before the City Planning Commission today with a revised version of its proposed apartment tower on the last piece of open land right on Rittenhouse Square. Preservationists will be pl… http://ow.ly/x4RY50cao37

How To Get the Look: Stylish Solutions f

How To Get the Look: Stylish Solutions for Small Spaces – Alejandro Bedoya’s living room. | Photo via Jill Book, senior designer, BoConcept Philadelphia The motto is as follows: Small is beautiful. This should perhaps come as second nature to residents of the city that gave the world the trinity. But they’ve been joined by scores of new arrivals from beyond who have little experience with living large in a little space. As it so happens, Denmark is also a small country,… http://ow.ly/ZCXq50c8QfA

The Stunning New Farmhouse on Historic A

The Stunning New Farmhouse on Historic Ardrossan Estate – Photography by Tom Crane | The Butler’s pantry Set amid 14 acres of the historic Ardrossan property — former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the socialite who inspired The Philadelphia Story — is a sprawling stone farmhouse that looks like it’s been there for a century. Surprise: It’s a new build, the work of West Chester-based architecture firm Archer & Buchanan, Ltd. “Everything feels like it has layers of… http://ow.ly/l6H050c5Qiq

Funding Secured for Penn’s Landing Makeo

Funding Secured for Penn’s Landing Makeover – The new park and civic space for which funding has been secured is part of a larger overall vision for transforming the central Delaware riverfront. | Renderings: Hargreaves Associates and redsquare unless otherwise indicated, via Delaware River Waterfront CorporationThat huge new lawn intended to suture the gash separating Old City from the Delaware riverfront is a go. At a noontime news conference at Penn’s Landing, Gov. T… http://ow.ly/ISdU50c3OL4

The National’s Rebirth Officially Begins

The National’s Rebirth Officially Begins Friday – The new National mixed-use apartment/retail building in Old City. | Rendering: Barton Partners via The Buccini/Pollin Group A little more than a year ago, as it was being demolished, the old National Products Company Building on North Second Street in Old City got a thorough going-over from Bradley Maule at Hidden City, who noted that whatever else happened, the bright-orange-tile Midcentury Modern facade that made the b… http://ow.ly/1zfp50c0Njy

Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City i

Philly Ranked Fifth Most Walkable City in U.S. This Year – All of Center City’s neighborhoods, from the Avenue of the Arts on down, are “Walker’s Paradises,” contributing to the city’s continued ranking among the five most walkable cities in the U.S. | Photo by Jeff Fusco A mere two-tenths of a point dropped Philadelphia from its perch as the nation’s fourth-most-walkable city in this year’s Walk Score rankings of American cities. Miami traded places with Philadelphia t… http://ow.ly/idr250bZhWh

Main Line Monday: A Nice New Neighbor in

Main Line Monday: A Nice New Neighbor in Gladwyne for $795K – 326 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne, Pa. 19035 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach Usually, when one reads about a new home being built in Gladwyne, it’s usually some spectacular mansion being built by a celebrity or local notable, occasionally in the context of demolishing some equally spectacular historic mansion built by another notable in an earlier era. This brand-new home is none of the above. Instead, it’s… http://ow.ly/lUn150bXL8r

Jawdropper of the Week: Party Palace in

Jawdropper of the Week: Party Palace in Newtown for $7.9M – Undisclosed address, Newtown, Pa. 18940 | TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate New Hope is legendary for its parties, and we’re not talking the nonstop party that is Main Street. The people who live in the lovely homes in and around the town keep things hopping with house parties throughout the year. We’ve been to our share of these, but New Hope’s got nothing on this spectacular estate in Newtown that’s … http://ow.ly/8ja050bSTN9

Just Listed: A Standout Home in East Ken

Just Listed: A Standout Home in East Kensington for $585K – 2401 Emerald St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19125 | Photos: Sandy Smith Red Oak Development, the people who built the Parish House not far from this place in East Kensington, pride themselves on being a notch or two — or several — above the run-of-the-mill builders throwing up new homes around the city. They seek to give each home they build personality through the use of local craftsmen, reclaimed materials and origin… http://ow.ly/KL7H50bRmc0

Single-Family Workforce Housing Comes to

Single-Family Workforce Housing Comes to East Poplar – Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Greg Heller (fifth from left), City Council President Darrell Clarke (to the right of Heller), representatives of BMK Properties and its parent The Riverwards Group and representatives of the East Poplar RCO and Meridian Bank pose after the formal ribbon-cutting May 24. | Photo: The Riverwards Group Late on Wednesday morning (May 24th) in East Poplar, City Coun… http://ow.ly/s6ux50bJH3w

9 Doormats That Say Exactly the Right Th

9 Doormats That Say Exactly the Right Thing – iStock/KenWiedemann Tis the season for sprucing up your stoop. If your doormat didn’t survive the winter and you’re searching for a replacement, allow me to point you to several that say, well, everything — whether you’re feeling sassy, welcoming or a bit of both.  Hey Good Lookin’ doormat, $29 at West Elm Sup doormat, $50 at Nordstrom I Dare You To Ring The Doorbell Doormat, $45 on Etsy Be Happy doormat, $45 on Etsy Welcome… http://ow.ly/Th9550bIbLa

Hard Hat Tour: The Adams – The wraps are

Hard Hat Tour: The Adams – The wraps are still on the cabinets and appliances in this almost-finished apartment in the Adams. Most of the units on the 12th floor are move-in ready, though one isn’t yet because it’s being used for construction staging. | Photos: Sandy Smith Post Brothers’ Presidential City Rejuvenation Derby has entered the home stretch. When it’s finished, the iconic four-building apartment complex erected in 1951-53 by prolific Philadelphia builder Joh… http://ow.ly/abAV50bGIZh

Old House, Young Soul in Northern Libert

Old House, Young Soul in Northern Liberties for $489K – 841 N. Lawrence St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 | Photos via Janet Ames, RE/MAX Executive Realty The little homes of Northern Liberties present modest faces to the outside world, and many of them still possess equally modest hearts. Not this one, however. For its 100th birthday in 2010, its owner gave it a stunningly modern heart and soul, one that bespeaks both style and sophistication. Actually, to characterize this… http://ow.ly/yK0r50bFb12

Narberth Church to Fall, Apartments to T

Narberth Church to Fall, Apartments to Take Its Place – Bye-bye, oldest church in Narberth; hello, 20 new apartments. | Google Street View image It would be inaccurate to say that Narberth Borough officials are thrilled at the prospect, but the Borough Council did vote 5-1 on May 17th to okay owner Jason Gordon’s plan to demolish the vacant Baptist Church of the Evangel at 198 Elmwood Ave. and build a 20-unit apartment building on its site. In fact, as Main Line Media N… http://ow.ly/2bwM50bBPGE

The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For

The Divine Lorraine, (All But) Ready For Its Closeup – The lobby of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, the one remaining part of the restoration project to be completed. | Photos: Sandy Smith I came to yesterday’s (Wednesday, May 17th) Urban Land Institute Philadelphia-sponsored tour of the Divine Lorraine Hotel prepared to be skeptical, for while I’d seen the marvelous raw material developer Eric Blumenfeld had to work with in the lobby on a prior visit, I’d also seen some ear… http://ow.ly/GBH650bAmnn

First-Time Find: Upgraded in East Mt. Ai

First-Time Find: Upgraded in East Mt. Airy for $255K – 931 E. Durard St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19150 | TREND images via RE/MAX Keystone The sunny streets of upper East Mt. Airy are filled with beautifully maintained homes that make great first rungs on the homeownership ladder. This is one of those homes. Built in 1950, this roomy twin is the beneficiary of a recent top-to-bottom rehab that turned its interior into a comfortable space for modern living. Its attractive fron… http://ow.ly/bDL150byO0F

Wawa Coming to East Market – Architect’s

Wawa Coming to East Market – Architect’s rendering of Ludlow tower with Wawa on ground floor: BLT Architects via National Real Estate Development Remember when Wawa stores were thick on the ground all over Center City and adjacent neighborhoods? Looks like they will be once again, for this morning, in a news conference fueled by plenty of free Wawa coffee, officials at National Real Estate Development (National Development) announced their latest tenant signing for the … http://ow.ly/ALEH50bxizp