Recognize the wall pictured above? You might if you've spent any time on North Broad Street, or if you're an architectural history enthusiast, or if you've been paying any attention building news. It's the Divine Lorraine Hotel, currently owned by Eric Blumenfeld, and seemingly left to its own devices.
In case you can't read it, the sign (posted right on the side of the building) touts the Divine Lorraine's features, which, according to the sunny broker (with EB Realty Management), include:
· Magnificent Ground Floor & Lower Level
· Exposed Brick
· High Ceilings
· Outdoor Deck Available
All of this is true, in the same way that it's true that a caved-in ceiling lets in a lot of sunlight. What's more fascinating, though, is that it appears that perhaps Eric Blumenfeld's plans of a mixed-use rental building with retail and restaurant tenants anchoring the ground floor might be coming closer to fruition. As always with the Divine Ms. L, we'll just have to wait and see what the future holds.
· Philly's Most Famous Hotel Vacancy, the Divine Lorraine [Curbed Philly]
· Laura Kicey's Gorgeous Photos of the Divine Lorraine [Curbed Philly]