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This Eco-Friendly Fishtown Loft Was Once a Pickle Factory

In Philadelphia's northeastern Fishtown neighborhood, where—you guessed it—fish trading was once the area's claim to fame, former manufacturing hubs, hit hard by the flight of industry from America's cities in the middle of the 20th century, are finding new life as residences. This 1880s warehouse-turned-live/work space, completed by local firm Bright Common for fine-arts photographer Jaime Alvarez and his girlfriend, presents a particularly handsome example of such a rebirth, with an eco-spin.

Energy efficient systems help this pad earn its green cred >>