February 20, 2016 |
Security guards arrived at Camden City Hall before dawn Thursday to find bumper stickers plastered on doors calling for the removal of Mayor Dana L. Redd's chief of staff. "Novella Hinson must leave Camden City Hall," read the bright red stickers. Eight were on the doors of a side entrance and on a security booth in front of the building, police said. Hinson, who is unpaid and listed as an aide to Redd, has drawn criticism in recent weeks from some city residents for her alleged involvement in a City Council matter.
July 20, 2015 |
I thought I'd finished with writing about knob and tube wiring - punch that phrase into the Philly.com search engine to read the articles - but readers raised a couple of good points this week, so I'll go one more time. Knob and tube is the earliest of the electrical wiring, basically designed to power lightbulbs between 1880 and 1930. Its presence in existing houses has become an issue for many lenders and home insurers, and it is serving to delay real estate transactions until after large amounts of money have been spent to replace the antiquated wiring.
June 4, 2015 |
Joseph T. Hess, 66, of Cape May, former owner of a Philadelphia construction firm involved in plastering restoration work at the Academy of Music and the Union League, died of melanoma Saturday, May 30, at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. Born in Havertown, Mr. Hess graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting at Villanova University in 1970, where he was a member of the Accounting Society, his wife of 41 years, Doriel, said.
March 14, 2015 |
SEPTA's efforts to block city bus ads proclaiming "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" violate free-speech protections and should be halted, a federal judge has found. In a case that grappled with basic First Amendment issues over disparaging advertising, District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ruled Wednesday that SEPTA had inconsistently run public-issue ads from other organizations, and cleared the way for a private group's ad that seeks to end U.S. aid to Islamic countries using a provocative headline and a photograph of Adolf Hitler meeting with an Arab leader.
November 23, 2014 |
Q uestion: My home was built in 1944, and even the new addition, a porch converted to a dining area about 20 years ago, has lath and plaster walls. Is there a way to insulate these walls? Also, would it be practical to reinstall oil heat? We now have a heat pump - we bought into the "it's not your old heat pump, it will save money over oil" sales spiel. Answer: It appears there are two very different questions here on the same topic - energy efficiency - and I'll try to answer each.
November 1, 2014 |
Thirty-five years ago, when John Doherty was doing rehab work for Campus Apartments, removing old plasterwork to make way for drywall, he was struck by the beauty of the buildings' antique plaster flourishes - all destined for the landfill. Instead of throwing the pieces out, he began salvaging them to sell at a flea market on the weekends. Then he learned that he could make rubber molds of the intricate pieces and replicate them as many times as he wanted, for use in his own designs.
March 30, 2014 |
Q uestion. I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first and second floors. The third floor, right under the roof, is in fine shape. I want to stop whatever it is, a leak of some sort, I imagine, and fix the walls (the easy part, I'm sure) before the day comes when my house goes on the market (not imminent)
March 22, 2014 |
For many people, a do-it-yourself renovation is merely the cheapest path toward a more beautiful place to live. But for Percy Bright and Tara Mangini, their house makeover became something more: It was a place to learn on the job, a showcase for their design sensibility, and ultimately, the launchpad for a new career. Today, Bright, 29, and Mangini, 30, run the boutique design-build firm Jersey Ice Cream Co. Back in 2009, though, Bright was a graphic designer - and when it came to buying a house, he wasn't even sure what he was looking for. When he came across the South Philadelphia rowhouse, it had "grandma-style" decor - not exactly the stuff of a dynamic interior-design portfolio.
December 14, 2012 |
Choreography begins with the circle. Choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words for "circular dance" and "writing. " For his new work, Occupant, choreographer Jonah Bokaer is researching the etymology of the word and using it to graphically call our attention to its origins. For the piece, artist Daniel Arsham has created 25 exact replicas of cameras in a plaster/chalk substance that will fill the 40-by-80-foot space of the seventh floor of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
November 25, 2012 |
Since their spring appearance at Arcadia University - in which they showed huge poured-plaster reliefs, one gradually revealing the contours of Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce and the other of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool - the artist duo Dechemia (John Gibbons and Isobel Sollenberger) has been exploring the concept of the end of time, not as the end of the world but as a metaphor for change. They've also been revisiting their earlier images, among them doorways, sacred geometry, and mirror reflections, as evidenced in their current show, "Outside of Time," at Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art. The show's star and largest work, Milky Way , is a multipanel poured-plaster relief that measures 12 by 6 feet.