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Old Posted Dec 30, 2015, 9:52 AM
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Taken yesterday along the Market Street bridge by 30th Street Station....
Just walking to 30th Street.... by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Into the clouds.... by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Cira by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

oxo... by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

D. B. Martin Building

D.B. Martin building by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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I really like this thread. You are doing a great job.
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Old Posted Mar 24, 2017, 9:19 AM
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After over a year, I'm finally getting around to putting stuff up again. I take tons of pics whenever I go out, but have very little time to put them up....

Anyway, here's some shots along Passyunk Avenue in South Philly:

Passyunk Avenue by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

NO DOG POOPING by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

PPA parking lot with murals....maybe one day this will be built up-one can dream....
PPA lot by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

106 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

105 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

On Point.... by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Acme Passyunk (10th & Reed) by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Some shots along Reed Street nearby:
Reed Street looking east from S. 9th Street by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Emmanuel Chapel/St Peter's Lutheran Church, 835 Reed Street by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Emmanuel Chapel/St Peter's Lutheran Church, 835 Reed Street by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

600 Block of Reed by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Russell Tabernacle:
Reese Street looking north from Reed by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Some shots from two days ago from the Cira Green elevated park:
Cira green by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Cira Green with FMC Tower by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Brewerytown and East Falls from Cira Green by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

South Philly landmarks from Cira Green by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
^Former Graduate Hospital, Southwark Power station and Walt Whitman Bridge.

Center City from Cira Green 3/23/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Steel erection by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Steel erection2 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2017, 7:41 AM
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Whaling Wall going extinct....

One of one hundred painted worldwide by artist Robert Wyland, this mural is in the process of being destroyed.
Constructed about a hundred years ago-give or take a few (exact date unknown), this building housed auto manufacture and repair companies that made use of ramps connecting each floor. Later on the structure offered warehouse and loft spaces. By the mid 1980's this was home to the Marketplace Design Center containing showrooms for interior design specialists.

PMC purchased the property with the intention of renovating the structure into offices with 15 floors of apartments built on top. Plans were eventually scaled back to just five new floors added on to what was now a pure office project. Aramark announced in September 2016, that they will be relocating here from their office tower on East market Street. In a twist of irony, the Marketplace Design Center will be setting up shop in the new East Market development right across the street from the soon-to-be former Aramark Tower.

As part of the work the ramp structure is being demolished so the whales of the Schuylkill are slowly being killed off....


Whaling Wall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

River trail 3/23/17 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Chestnut Street Bridge by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Overbuild by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Whaling Wall building by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

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Old Posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:11 AM
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Walked through the University of Pennsylvania campus a few days ago to see the Philadelphia School exhibit in College Hall....

The recently renovated Wistar Institute along the Spruce Street side of the campus:

Wistar Institute by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Locust Street and intersecting streets on campus were pedestrianized and adopted the name "Walks". Most-if not all-the buildings shown here date from before then. One still has an old street sign even....

Class of 1962 Walkway and Locust Walk:

Franklin Bench by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

004 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

005 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Upenn buildings along Locust Walk by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Locust Walk by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
^Buildings on the right appear to be rowhomes that were converted by the university. (Note the UPenn van-offifial vehicles are the only ones allowed here)

36th and Locust Walk:

36th Street and Locust Walk by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

36th Street sign by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Levy park considered the "center" of campus. This is the location of College Hall, Cohen Hall(the first and second buildings to be built as part of the West Philadelphia campus), Fisher Fine Arts Library and other lovely historic structures. Also the alternate "Love Park"

College (center) and Cohen Halls:

College and Cohen halls by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College and Cohen halls by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Cohen Hall (1874 Thomas W. Richards):

Cohen Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall (1871-1872 Thomas W. Richards):
College hall main entrance by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Ivy Day plaques a campus tradition since 1873:

Ivy Day plaques by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College hall and Fisher Fine Arts Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Fisher Library (1891 Frank Furness):
Fisher Fine Arts Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Phi Upsilon fraternity:
Psi Upsilon Fraternity by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Old Posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:36 AM
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More Levy Park:
Loveside by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Squirrel in Levy park by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Squirrel in Levy park by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

The exhibit itself was smaller than I anticipated, confined to one room on the top floor of College hall:
"What Was the Philadelphia School?" exhibit by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

"What Was the Philadelphia School?" exhibit by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

The "Philadelphia School" consisted of a group of architects (including Louis I Kahn, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown and Romaldo Giurgola) who were developing a resentment to the Modern Movement in the 1960's. Their ideas and works would lead to the development of what would be known as Postmodernism. I wasn't able to get as many of the shots as I wanted due to lighting issues so I will have to come back....

One of the few that came out, an illustration of Robert Venturi's "Learning from Las Vegas":
"What Was the Philadelphia School?" exhibit by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Some recent high rise projects by Scott Erdy are also shown Erdy claims influence from the Philadelphia School in shaping many of his projects....

"What Was the Philadelphia School?" exhibit by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

"What Was the Philadelphia School?" exhibit by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

More of College Hall's interior:
Corner view College hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College hall south stairs by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall lecture room by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Thomas Paine plaque by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2017, 9:34 AM
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Went back to UPenn yesterday and got some more pics. Sun was out today

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Fisher Library B&W by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Fisher Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Van Pelt library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Chancellor Walk:

S 34th and Chancellor Streets by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

S 34th and Chancellor Streets by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Hill House completed this past September. I have to say....among buildings gone up in Philly recently, this has got to be one of my favorites....

Hill House by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Really like this corner detail:

Hill House by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Hill House by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2017, 9:55 AM
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Was able to get better shots of the Philadelphia School exhibit:
Curtis Institute, Lenfest Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Early proposal by Venturi/Scott-Brown for what would eventually become the Kimmel Center for the performing Arts:

Orchestra Hall proposal by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Venturi/Scott-Brown by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Model of the recently completed Children's Hospital/Free Library facility in South Philly:
Venturi/Scott-Brown by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

What is now the Ritz Five Theaters:
Ritz Theater by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Originally three auditoriums:
Ritz Theater by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Penn Mutual Tower Mitchell/Giurgola:
Penn Mutual Tower by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Louis Kahn works:
louis I Kahn by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Some craaaazzzy proposals for Center City. Imagine if this were built? I for one, am thankful these just stayed on paper!!
Market East/Center City plans by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

More photos from inside College hall:
027 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall stonework by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall stonework by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Irvine from College Hall by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Great pictures! Victorian architecture is hard to beat in my book.
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Constructed in 1888-1891, the Fisher (Furness) library served as the main library for the UPenn campus. Frank Furness personally collaborated with Melville Dewey (of Dewey Decimal System fame) to design the layout. When opened, this was considered the most top of the line library found anywhere.

However by the early 20th Century, Furness's unique blend of Victorian architecture was considered dated at best, and at worst outright embarrassing. In the 1920's architect Robert Rodes McGoodwin laid out plans to expand and modernize the library, a project that would have seen the entire structure reclad in the then popular Collegiate Gothic style. The first phase of this project was completed in 1931 in the form of the Ross Galleries addition. No further phases were completed (presumably because of the great Depression)

After World War II, talks began to circulate once again of the library's demolition, and in 1962 the Modernist Van Pelt Library was completed as a replacement facility. However the building escaped demolition and was added to the National Register of historic Places in 1972-with full Historic Landmark status in 1985. Architects Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown were part of a team that oversaw a restoration process that started in 1986.

In 1991, one hundred years after it was completed the newly restored library was rededicated as the Anne & Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library after the project's primary benefactors.

Exterior:

110 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Ross gallery addition:
Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Entrance
Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Main stairs in all their iron glory:
Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

086 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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All throughout the library there are elaborate leaded-glass windows inscribed with quotes by William Shakespeare-these were chosen by Frank Furness's brother and Shakespearean scholar Horace Howard Furness:
Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

047 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Looking down into the main Reading Room (I believe you have to be a UPenn student to access this):
Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Some miscellaneous parting shots:

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Furness Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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The Van Pelt Library which replaced the functions of the Furness Library when completed in 1962. All I have to say is that it is as charming as a typical Sears store from that era....
Van Pelt Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Van Pelt Library by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Some more randoms from the College Green area:
Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Sign marking Woodland Avenue before that stretch was "pedestrianized":
Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Campus meets City:
Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr
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Along Baltimore Avenue in West Philly:
Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

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Furness is my favorite. After an architectural style falls out of vogue, it’s common to be seen as old fashioned and outdated. But it seems to me that institutional/commercial Victorian buildings were the most panned form of architecture in the decades that followed it’s time. I get it in some ways as I feel that the buildings have a severe look to them, if that makes sense. So many of his great works were lost but I had never known that the library was in danger at any point.

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Sorry for the long absence, been extremely busy for the past couple of months and haven't had the time to add to this thread for a while.

Here are some more shots in and around City hall:

054 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

056 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

059 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

061 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

066 by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

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Furness is my favorite. After an architectural style falls out of vogue, it’s common to be seen as old fashioned and outdated. But it seems to me that institutional/commercial Victorian buildings were the most panned form of architecture in the decades that followed it’s time. I get it in some ways as I feel that the buildings have a severe look to them, if that makes sense. So many of his great works were lost but I had never known that the library was in danger at any point.

Great info and great pics!
Indeed....many Victorian structures all thoughout Center City were (if they were not demolished) severely disfigured on the bottom floors in the name of "modernization". The post WWII era could probably go down as the absolute worst period of time in terms of architecture and planning....
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I really enjoy your photo posting's . I hope you will keep updating , thanks .
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Some stuff in the West Market/Schuylkill River area....

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

The Big 4 of the Schuylkill by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

Untitled by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

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Chestnut Street bridge by tehshadowbat, on Flickr

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