1021 Chestnut Street
|What the fuck is this?|
Here we have an empty lot right in the middle of Center City on the 1000 block of Chestnut, which is in dire need of revitalization. The Victory I and II is nice, but the rest of the block consists of the side of Jefferson Hospital, some beautiful but beat up old buildings, and a big empty storefront parking garage. Development of this shitbag lot might be the shot in the arm this block needs.
This address has been a lot of things. It started as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art's first building.
|The first building, 1809. The lot would be the grass on the right side.|
|The second building. The lot ran through the right side of it.|
|The current lot would be that building on the right.|
|The lot is still on the right.|
|Again, on the right.|
They wanted their brand new Mercantile Library to be high tech as shit and modern as fuck. In the 1950's, that meant A FUCKING GLASS BOX!!!!
|Yay. So modern!!!|
The building closed in 1989 and sat helpless for 15 years as trees and shit grew through it and the glass front got covered in wood. In 2004, it was finally put on the market and U3 Ventures bought it up. They tried to develop it but since it was such a kiss-assable building, a bunch of fuckwads started crying about changing the "historical" glass facade of this dinky little shithole.
U3 gave the fuck up and the lot is now up for sale for 1.35 Million dollars. The real estate listing even makes sure to tell you that you'll be dealing with some stupid-ass bullshit if you attempt to do something positive with this crappy space. Look, I am all about saving historical buildings and if you've ever read this blog you know I like historical shit. This is different. This building is already lost. There's plenty of other stuff from that era that is still in use and a lot better looking.
|I know, Bill. I know. It's pointless to save this piece of shit.|
|This is what the Chestnut Street side looks like now. How wonderful.|