Monday, April 25, 2016

Old-Ass Building: Mission Place Condominiums

511 South 21st


Photo by Michael Bixler
            This old fogey has been hanging on this corner for a long-ass time and has seen a lot. Read all about it at the Hidden City Daily!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Lost Building: Haseltine Building (5th Anniversary Post!)

1416 Chestnut St



     On this, the 5th Anniversary of Philaphilia, I wanted to do something different-- I haven't done a lost building in a long time so this time around, my newset Hidden City jawn is about the Haseltine Building, which only stood in its full form for 7.5 years. Check it out at the Hidden City Daily.
      I never thought this shitty little blog would lead to the opportunities and experiences I've gained just from talking some shit about buildings, lots, dead proposals, and other crap. Through this blog, I've gone from writing about buildings and lots to actually being involved with decisions that directly effect them.
     One day I'll write about that in more detail, but for now, know that nowadays I've managed to enter into a new level of Philadelphia building, parcel, and property awareness that I never would have imagined possible. I've been able to commiserate with some of the very developers and building owners I've been reading and writing about for years and I'm loving every minute of it.
    Thanks to all of you who have read my writings, asked questions, taken tours, and given me new information about the built environment in Philadelphia.
       Special thanks to those of you out there that took a chance on me, based on what you read here, to gave me a hand in helping shape the future of this city. 
       Nonetheless, Philaphilia isn't really over, though it may appear that way sometimes. I'll continue to write pieces for Hidden City and will keep on giving the tours-- again, thanks for everything!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Old Ass Building: QQ Mart Building

1231-35 Race

Photo by Michael Bixler
              This is one of those buildings that's kicked my ass for years whenever I tried to research it. Well, I've finally finished its story-- check it out at the Hidden City Daily! Also, check out the sidebar-- I've got a ton of tours coming up!




















Monday, March 14, 2016

Old-Ass Building Updates

Philadelphia, PA

Photo by Michael Bixler
           97 Hidden City stories later, I felt like it was time for an update. Check it out at the Hidden City Daily!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Old-Ass Building: Niessen Building

1201 Race Street

Photo by Michael Bixler






            The builders of this awesome structure must have had some level of prescience-- they built a flower building right near a place Flower Shows would occur every year! Read all about it at the Hidden City Daily!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Old-Ass Building: Wilson Building

118-22 South 16th Street

        
Photo by Michael Bixler
                  I've always loved this little building in the densest part of Center City-- standing for 105 years, its been through a lot and will soon live a new life with apartments up top. Read all about it at the Hidden City Daily

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Old-Ass Building: Pennsylvania Theatre

209-15 Fairmount Ave



               A lot of folks forget that Northern Liberties is old as crap-- but some of the really old stuff is still standing-- this old bastard right here flies under the radar but is from the early 19th Century. Heavily altered and probably missing its facade, learn all about it at the Hidden City Daily!