January 10, 1991 |
The city Historical Commission voted yesterday to allow the University of Pennsylvania to demolish Smith Hall, an 1892 laboratory building that its advocates say is a landmark in the histories of science and education. The commission voted by 8-1 - with two commissioners who have Penn connections abstaining - to allow the razing of the building, which is on the east side of 34th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets. The commission's approval requires that the university possess all necessary funding and regulatory approvals for the building that will replace Smith Hall before the demolition can proceed.
October 4, 2013 |
ALTHOUGH BILLS to regulate demolitions following the deadly June 5 building collapse at 22nd and Market streets were introduced just yesterday, fault lines are beginning to emerge over how to shape those policies. Mayor Nutter's administration, which issued its own demolition reforms the week of the collapse, is quietly pushing back on several key provisions of the five-bill package. And within the special Council committee that produced the bills, some members are at odds over what the scope of the legislation ought to be and how it will impact smaller contractors and undocumented workers.
May 10, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, a decade after withering criticism of what many viewed as a destructive renovation of its own ornate Victorian interior, is planning to demolish two historically certified brownstone structures in the 3800 block of Chestnut Street to make way for a 25-story apartment tower. The project, which goes before the Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday, would obliterate the cathedral's parish houses, designed by the noted ecclesiastical architect Charles M. Burns, and connect the proposed tower and administrative offices to the church itself via glass-enclosed walkways cut into the cathedral's façade.
November 16, 1989 |
Collingdale officials have agreed that a vacant apartment building at Pine Street and Pusey Avenue should be demolished. At its meeting Monday, the Borough Council unanimously endorsed a suggestion by Councilman William E. McGowan that the owner of the property, the Warren Bollinger estate, be notified that the building should be torn down. The eight-unit building was inspected by borough engineer John P. Damon, who called it "structurally unsafe, hazardous and a public nuisance," borough manager Stephen J. Beckson said.
March 8, 1987 |
Two petitions have been presented to the East Fallowfield Township Board of Supervisors protesting the proposed demolition of the Mortonville Bridge on Strasburg Road. The narrow bridge, built in 1826, has deteriorating stone walls. The bridge is on a state road and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The state Department of Transportation wants to demolish the bridge and replace it, according to Supervisor Emil Meyer. The township's Historical Commission wants to reconstruct the bridge, keeping its original form.
October 14, 2006 |
"The cabin is saved!" Ted Pollard, president of the Radnor Historical Society, was excited yesterday after Eastern University readily agree to postpone Monday's scheduled demolition of the historic log cabin on its St. Davids campus. "We're still all in shock!" Until the meeting between university president David Black and Pollard and other supporters of historical preservation, the outlook didn't look good for what a 1925 architectural book said was likely the most "elaborate log building in this country.
May 5, 2000 |
Paul DuSold's portrait studio is in the demolition zone. He and about 30 other painters, sculptors and photographers are in line to lose their rented space in a former factory on 12th Street if the city goes ahead with Mayor Street's stadium plan. Well over 100 properties - many vacant, but others developed as businesses, studios or condos - would be leveled to line out a playing field for the Phillies. And DuSold, whose paintings hang in Pennsylvania Hospital, the Union League and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, would miss his fifth-floor studio on 12th Street near Wood.
April 18, 1990 |
Cherry Hill Township has threatened to tear down the unfinished condominiums of the Hamlets development if the builder or the mortgage holder does not make the construction area safe by Friday. Earlier this month, the township building inspector cited the financially troubled InterDevelCo for construction violations because the open structures created a safety hazard. Since then, neither the firm nor Howard Savings Bank has made any move to correct the situation. "There is imminent danger to the public, and we don't know when these problems are going to be addressed," said chief inspector Anthony Saccomanno.
June 20, 1988 |
When the South Jersey Port Corp. opened bids for the demolition of its rusting old shipways on the Delaware River in Camden last year, the news seemed too good to be true. The agency's consulting engineers had estimated that dismantling the 10- acre site, former home of the defunct New York Shipbuilding Corp., would cost $2.6 million. But the low bidder came in at only $494,316, $1.5 million less than the next-lowest one and less than one-fifth of the estimate from S.T. Hudson Engineers of Camden.
June 8, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter and Licenses and Inspection Commissioner Carlton Williams are to announce new proposed demolition standards and controls for the city. The move comes two days after six people were killed and 14 others injured when a Center City thrift store collapsed during the botched demolition of a building next door. The mayor, Williams and other city officials are to outline the proposed standards and controls at a 2 p.m. news conference at City Hall.