Old City

The Secret Life of Buildings: Residential Courts

In our last Secret Life of Buildings post we tackled trinity homes. What we didn’t get around to mentioning are the residential courts that many houses of this style are nestled into. Residential courts are the smallest of the small streets, cartways, and alleyways that were carved out of William Penn’s Greene Country Towne in the 18th and 19th (read more…)

New Digs: The Penn’s Landing in Old City

This past Friday we stopped by Cindy & Chris Penn’s new digs at 144 Vine Street. On such a gloomy, muggy summer day, the facade of 144 Vine Street, tucked away in a corner of Old City, truly pops against a backdrop of grey skies. That’s because the building’s facade is an Isaiah Zagar original.   If you live (read more…)

This Facade is Literally Magic

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to buy a house that includes a piece of magic—Magic Gardens that is. Isaiah Zagar, the mosaic artist behind the mindblowing Magic Gardens at 10th and South Streets, will occasionally complete a piece on a rowhouse façade. Solo is thrilled to currently be the seller’s agent for one such rowhouse! (read more…)

Swamped by Litigation, OCCA Disbands

After four decades in operation, the Old City Civic Association (OCCA) has disbanded. The dissolution of the OCCA, a group known for its uncompromising efforts to preserve the historic character of its neighborhood, could mean big changes for both Old City and civic groups throughout Philadelphia.   While Old City has certainly seen its share of redevelopment and new (read more…)