A zoning permit has been issued for the construction of a single-family attached structure at 1442 North Hollywood Street in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. The site is located on the west side of the street on the block between Master Street and Jefferson Street. The structure will occupy a 578-square-foot footprint and will not exceed 38 feet in height, not including the pilot house that will be used to access the roof deck. Jeffrey E. Roberts is the listed owner.
The structure will replace a vacant dirt lot, used as provisional parking space. The lot once housed two two-story prewar rowhouses at number 1440 and 1442, which have sat vacant and boarded up for a number of years until their demolition, which took place at some point within the past six years. The rowhouses sported red brick façades, rusticated stone at the basement level and first floor door and window lintels, and plain cornices with dentil courses and floral ornament at the corners.
The rowhouses were styled in the same manner as the rowhouses that once lined both sides of the block end-to-end. Aside from a handful of demolitions, the block’s original prewar construction remains generally intact.
The proposed building will be one of the first structures to rise on the block in the postwar era, yet the surrounding area has seen a large number of new construction in recent years, mostly of the small-scale, residential variety. A block to the east on North Myrtlewood Street, 18 three-story rowhouses were erected since 2016, restoring much of the streetscape devastated by postwar demolitions and raising its height profile from the previously prevalent two-story count.
An even more impressive urban revival story is taking place three blocks further to the west, where a district of mid-rise residential buildings rose along North 31st Street over the span of the past several years, along with renovations of local factory loft buildings.
The area still holds potential for further growth due to its combination development-ready sites, conversion-worthy prewar industrial buildings, and proximity to Fairmount Park, located within a five-minute walk to the west. The 15 trolley runs a few blocks to the south along Girard Avenue, offering direct transit access to University City to the west, and Temple University and a transfer to the Broad Street SEPTA line to the east. Girard College is situated within a 10-minute walk to the southeast.