One of my favorite views of Philadelphia, headed down Broad Street with William Penn coming closer and closer into view. There was a time that he was the highest point in the city, but that is no longer the case, he still stands proud upon City Hall!
The large building on the left, The Divine Lorraine, has intrigued me from the first time I noticed it. It once was once a beautiful building that was home to many of the cities wealthiest families.
Built betweern 1892 and 1894. At 10 stories tall it was one of the first high rise buildings in the city.
After it’s purchase in 1948 by Father Divine, it became the first racially integrated hotel of it’s class in the country. Anyone who was willing to follow the rules of Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement, was welcome.
Abandoned since 1999 the building has fallen into ill repair and is covered in grafitti (how do they do that at such heights and go unnoticed?) Much of the interior has been salvaged.
The building has passed through several owners. Currently plans for renovation are underway and reported to begin in May 2015. I hope that some day in the near future the building is restored to the graduer of the past.
The Divine Lorraine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance in architecture and civil rights history.
If you are interested in seeing more of the building, I found this aweseome video shot with a drone.
Joining in on Mellow Yellow Monday… there are bits of yellow throught the shot!