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East Kensington: Neighbors Work To Preserve Letterly Green

East Kensington: Neighbors Work To Preserve Letterly Green

Stephanie Koenig, 36, moved to the East Kensington area with her husband, Lewis Colburn, in 2009. The couple, both sculptors who found studio space in Philadelphia, bought a house across the street from Letterly Green, an empty plot of land that spans half a block long, two years later. Along with their next-door neighbors, Onais […]

 By Rachel M. Stumpo and Sandy Tran

Wynnefield: Japanese House Welcomes New Addition

Wynnefield: Japanese House Welcomes New Addition

What once was a bathroom is now a facility for learning. A sake-barrel breaking ceremony this weekend announced the reopening of Fairmount’s Japanese house and garden, Shofuso House, and the inauguration of its new building, the Sakura Pavilion. In 2010, the city set out to renovate two brick buildings left over from the 1876 Centennial […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Imagine Queen Village as it was in the early 1800s—a growing community located right outside of the capitol of a fairly recently independent nation. The U.S. Naval Shipyard was on the rise and offering plenty of jobs, although they were very low paying. The devastation of the yellow fever epidemic, which had swept the city […]