1516 Chestnut is in itself an interesting building. It was built in 1922 under the designs of Frank E. Hahn, meant to be used for both store and office purposes. Its first storefront tenant was Oshkosh Luggage, which held it down until 1930, when Llewellyn's, who billed themselves as "Philadelphia's Standard Drug Store", took over... only to close after 3 years. George B. Bains and Sons Leather Goods took over after that, only to close and be replaced by another drug store in 1939, when the upper floors were being used as the Latvian Consulate. In the 1940s, Stylepark hats inhabited the spot.
|Look how clean the building was in 1949. Image from the Free Library of Philadelphia|
|Ladybug in 1970. Image from PhillyHistory.org|
|The interior of the store from the Z Ladies Boutique photobucket.|
It ends up that the signage proposed for the storefront was to be 69.95 square feet, well above the holy zoning code's requirement of 36 square feet.
|OMG look at the fucking size of that thing!! This is an outraaaage!!|
Don't worry-- this time, the sign is well under 36 square feet. Its the little medallion on the door that needs approvals. After many months, it seems to have gotten that approval because a new permit for the reconstruction of the 1516 storefront is now active. So it seems this front may get filled after all!
So why bring it up? Well, to show others like me, who get pissed off at long-empty storefronts, why they sometimes can stay empty despite having lots of folks with lots of money interested in making use of the space. However, just in case that Popeye's doesn't happen, let me just make sure to say: FILL THIS FRONT!
|...and Fill This Building while you're at it!|