PHILADELPHIA ARTIST Caryn Kunkle has had her eyes set on developing the Divine Lorraine Hotel since she was an 18-year-old Kutztown University student.
She was a student-government representative when a state legislator asked what she would do to change Philadelphia.
"I would develop the Divine Lorraine because it is the kingpin of the city," she replied. "Nationally historical, a beautiful striking landmark, and completely derelict, just six blocks from City Hall."
Kunkle, 29, founded the Philadelphia Salon in 2007, while in graduate school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Members of the Salon gather once a month at her home inside the old Matthew Baird mansion on Broad Street, not far from the Divine. Baird headed Baldwin Locomotives after the death of its founder, Matthias Baldwin.