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Following in Frank’s footsteps

How a Philly couple discovered the modern architect Frank Weise through his plans

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Philly’s 11 most iconic modern buildings

With the help of Docomomo PHL, here's a starting list of the most iconic modern buildings in the city, from the PSFS building to the Moore College of Art & Design.

The ultimate guide to 30th Street Station

Where to eat, where to wait, and what to avoid at Philadelphia’s historic transportation hub.

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The Art Deco masterpieces of Philadelphia, mapped

Philly isn’t often recognized for its Art Deco architecture. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some stunning examples of the ornamental style.

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Philly’s oldest historic buildings, mapped

Some neighborhoods are unrecognizable from five years ago, but Philly has managed to hold onto some of its oldest, most significant structures that date all the way back to the 17th century.

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A Q&A on preservation with Docomomo’s Dan Macey

Macey tells us why we should preserve modern structures, and how to get involved.

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Philly’s most iconic buildings, mapped

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Independence Hall, these buildings are the heart and soul of this city.

Louis Kahn and his Philadelphia architecture revolution

Was the Philadelphia School of Architecture a radical movement?

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The Frank Furness work you’ll never see in Center City

From the beautiful Broad Street Station to the original Rodef Shalom Synagogue.

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11 fantastic buildings by Frank Furness in Philly

Much of the architect’s work met the wrecking ball in the 20th century. But a great deal of Frank Furness’s buildings remain standing in Philly. Here are 10 works that best show off that iconic Furness flair.

The lost mansions of Rittenhouse Square

While living on the Square is certainly posh today, it doesn’t mean nearly the same thing as it did in the 19th century.

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26 best things to do in Philly

Now is the perfect time to take in Philly’s gardens, museums, cemeteries, and outdoor art.

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Hidden gems of Independence National Historical Park

But there is a lot more to the national park than Independence Hall or the Liberty. In fact, there are 55 acres of Independence National Historical Park to explore, if you just know where to look.

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10 Philly landmarks designed by Paul Philippe Cret

From Rittenhouse Square to the Rodin Museum, many Philly landmarks are tied to the French architect

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5 gorgeous Victorian homes for sale in Cape May

Prepare to be charmed by these 19th-century Victorians, from a massive bed and breakfast, to an expertly restored turn-of-the-century spot.

In Cherry Hill, midcentury gem by Malcolm Wells wants $380K

It’s got two beds and two baths

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The pioneers of Philadelphia’s modernism movement

From architects to city planners, this group of seven paved the way for a modern Philly.

5 lovely A-Frames near Philly you can escape to this summer

A-Frames are making a comeback. Here are five A-Frame cabins you can rent within a two hour’s drive from Philly.

Philly architects win AIA award for ‘tiny tower’ design

It’s designed like a mini skyscraper—at only 38 feet tall

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The most beautiful, historic places to get married in Philly

Whether you want to go the more traditional route or go off the beaten path, these 20 venues in Philly are all beautiful and historic places to get hitched.

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A beginner’s guide to Philly modernism

The architects and structures that shaped the 20th-century style—and the fate of their legacy.

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What Lou taught me: Growing up in Kahn’s Fisher House

Nina Fisher shares her childhood memories of living in the Kahn-designed house in Pennsylvania.

Midcentury modern stunner tucked away in Wyomissing wants $675K

Windows and wood paneling throughout

The ultimate Louis Kahn East Coast road trip

Here are 10 of Kahn’s projects, big and small, that have withstood the test of time in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

An illustrated guide to Louis Kahn

Get to know the architect’s signature buildings

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Tracing black architect Julian Abele’s life and work in Philly

The architect, who was the first black student to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s design program, is behind some of the most beloved and iconic buildings in and around Philadelphia.

In KOP, original midcentury modern ‘Deck house’ wants $600K

It has giant, floor-to-ceiling panes of glass

Philly’s newest ‘invisible service’ hotel aims to capture the Fishtown style

It’s a six-room boutique hotel

Elegant Old City home offers lots of space at $850K

It’s a spacious one-bed home

The top Curbed Philly longreads of 2018

We delved into the history and rebirth of Philly spaces—and the people behind them

For $700K, a bright home with a three-story atrium in East Falls

Light pours in from above and accents the multiple planters and lemon tree below

Curbed Philly’s top 10 homes this year

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Developments, real estate, and news: Philly’s 2018 year in review

From your favorite stories and the major projects, to what to watch out for next year

Vote for Philly’s best new building of 2018

Looking back over the biggest construction projects in the last year

In Phoenixville, wood-covered modern stunner asks $750K

It’s a two-bed spot with tons of interesting details

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11 of Philly’s most spectacular theaters

Come for the show, stay for the glorious architecture. Here, we’ve mapped 10 historic and spectacular theaters in Philly that have withstood the test of time and continue to wow with their impressive interiors.

Funky Germantown home with exposed beams, penny floor wants $460K

It’s a four-bed place

East Market officially opens—but there’s still some work to be done

Three of the buildings are finished in the $400M complex

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Philly’s spookiest Victorian-era buildings

Come check out Philly’s goth side