All it takes is one quick walk past the fenced-off LOVE Park to realize that it’s nowhere near ready to re-debut this spring, as originally anticipated.
As Billy Penn recently reported, the park’s reopening has been delayed to late September, due to the discovery of substructures at the site that the city “just sort of didn’t know existed.”
Those discoveries have delayed construction work on the $16.5 million project, which broke ground in February 2016. Hargreaves Associates and KieranTimberlake are behind the redesign, which will have an emphasis on green lawns, fountains, gardens, and light fixtures.
The Fairmount Park Welcome Center was originally called the Hospitality Center when it debuted in 1960—five years before the actual LOVE Park. It was designed by Roy Larson of Harbeson, Hough, Livingston & Larson, with engineers Keast & Hood on hand to help construct the flying saucer-shaped building.
As we wait a few more extra months before the park and center’s re-opening, take a trip back in time with these vintage photos, which show the Philadelphia Hospitality Center while under construction in 1960.
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