230 Vine Street


230 Vine Street. Rendering credit: Atrium Design Group

Vertical Extension Anticipated at Mosaic-Clad Painted Bride Art Center at 230 Vine Street in Old City

Construction of new buildings is typically the salient manifestation of positive urban progress in any city. However, on numerous occasions it also paints a bittersweet story of trade-offs, where buildings with architectural, historic, and/or artistic value sometimes make way for new development. Thankfully, we may be getting a happy resolution to what almost became one such tale of needless destruction, where, after a long-standing threat of demolition, a low-rise building clad in a facade-spanning artwork will now become the base for a residential expansion. Located at 230 Vine Street in the Old City section of Center City, Painted Bride Art Center, adorned with artist Isaiah Zagar’s whimsical mosaic, will be topped by a 64-unit residential extension. Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that the building currently stands shrouded in black netting, with construction not yet started at the site.

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Proposal at 230 Vine Street to Replace Famous Mosaic in Old City, Center City

Developer Atrium Design Group plans to construct a residential building at 230 Vine Street in Old City. The 54,000-square-foot structure will hold 16 units and along with 16 parking spaces and will feature an accessible roof. The building will replace the Painted Bride Arts Center, which has caused a controversy since the current building’s exterior is covered with a unique mosaic by artist Isaiah Zagar.

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