Project 365 – Day 11 – Divine Lorraine

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! 
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Project 365 – Day 10 – Shine On

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon and the stars  and the sun” John Lennon

Another impressive work of the Philly Mural Arts program found at Broad and Lehigh. I need to get Rise from the other side of the building!

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Project 365 – Day 9 – Love Park

Another photo from our drive through Philly on Friday.
I am dedicating this day to my co-worker Ashley who will be running LoveRun 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I admire those who are dedicated and fit enough to run any distance.

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Project 365 – Day 8 – Philly Streets

Tara and I went out for coffee today (Friday) and wound up on one of our quick drives down Broad St and back home. We both just love the energy of the city, I needed some new material for my Project 365 since I would be working all weekend, so we figured why not before I headed to work for the evening.

This bike and background caught my eye. It was a bright spot on a crowded city street on a pretty dreary day!

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Project 365 -Day 2 -Spring Snow

This was quite a pretty landscape on my way to work. Again not really what one wants to see on the 2nd day of Spring. This was a shot I wanted after previous snow falls but generally too much traffic. This was a quiet Saturday morning.
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