In 1724 a schoolhouse was built in Sandy Bay Massachusetts (now known as Rockport) before evolving into a meeting house with a steeple and bell by Paul Revere by 1805. Since then the building has gone through enhancements and is now known as ”First Congregational Church of Rockport United Church of Christ”.
This Wednesday, September 4th will be the 5 year anniversary (opened in 2014) of Dillworth park by KieranTimberlake, Olin and Urban Engineers. The park serves as both a transit connection and a popular center city park for all ages.
Deriving its name and design from French and German stock markets of the 1800s, the Bourse was opened in Philadelphia in 1895. The Bourse was designed by the brother operated firm of G.W. & W.D. Hewitt who employed Horace Trumbauer before his fame.
Before being redesigned by Paul Cret in 1913, Rittenhouse Square was one of the original parks in William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia. The Friends of Rittenhouse Square maintain the park allowing for events ( and lunches for center city workers ) throughout the year.
In direct response to Diller Scofidio’s Highline in Manhattan, Philadelphia’s “Rail Park” opened in 2018 and was designed by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers. Rail Park stands amongst feuding communities as reported by Inga Saffron in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and provides a glimpse into what the future may hold for the Callowhill Neighborhood (aka Chinatown North).
Located in the ground floor of The Tourain, a 1917 registered historic building, Rival Bros boasts an elegant interior with a humble entrance. Rival Bros Coffee was started by two friends out of a truck in 2011 and has continued to grow into servers brick and mortar locations like the 2017 Spruce location shown here.
Estimated to have been completed in 1910, 412 Washington street’s bright white facade is a unique break in an urban rhythm. Below the cosmic large letters spell out “The Lining Store”, but the building currently exists as retail below three stores of apartments.
In the 1970s a family of Greek Immigrants created a dynasty of center city dinners. Restaurant III is the lone survivor, and one of the last genuine 24 hour dinners in Philadelphia.
“The Harper” is located at 112 19th Street, and opened in June of 2019. A black steel truss extends from the lobby into the exterior public space.