Streetscape: Donor and scholar christens Lovett quiet room with a German Township history lesson

Streetscape | December 27th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Diane Fiske Streetscape is a local column about architecture, city planning and design. When someone asks Stephanie Grauman Wolf, who holds a doctorate degree in American History, where she lives, she says she answers, “Germantown.” An exception, she said, is made when her questioner is from the Main Line. “Then I tell them I […]

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Streetscape: Streets Dept.’s Montanez discusses challenges of traffic planning in Chestnut Hill

Streetscape | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Diane Fiske        Streetscape is a local column about architecture, city planning and design. In early August, Richard Montanez, deputy commissioner of the Streets Department, sat down for a interview in his office at City Hall. The subject: What is being done about the traffic flow in the business area of Chestnut Hill? The first […]

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Streetscape: ‘Modern Times’ at the Art Museum

Streetscape | May 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Diane M. Fiske A Chestnut Hill resident who, with another architect, designed the iconic PSFS building is featured in the current show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art called “Modern Times: American Art 1910-1940.” Architect George Howe, co- designer of the PSFS building at 12th and Market Streets with William Lescaze in the late […]

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Streetscape: A mini-park on the Avenue

Streetscape | July 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

A column about local architecture, urban design and city planning. by Diane Fiske For the past year or so, an often muddy, eighth-of-an-acre lot behind the Weaver’s Way Co-op on Germantown Avenue has become a tiny oasis with seating for 40 or more people around trees and boulders arranged in an inviting setting, complete with […]

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Streetscape: Hill native wins AIA award

Streetscape | May 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Diane M. Fiske Fon Wang, winner of the Philadelphia American Institute of Architecture Young Architects award, grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated from Springside Academy. A soft spoken and modest woman, Wang said she won two years ago, but it was presented this year because the AIA headquarters in Center City was being […]

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