Spotted: Divine illumination, barge oasis, Customs House reveal

Our eyes are ever-peeled for interesting sights and sites. This week these three caught our attention:

DIVINE LORRAINE ILLUMINATED

She's Back | Divine Lorraine | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
(Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group)

On Tuesday our hawkeyed Flickr Group faithful Steve Ives spotted the Divine Lorraine’s sign illuminated once again, glowing above North Broad. The Divine Lorraine has been one of Philly’s most lamented and visible symbols of blight, but a rehab seems possible and the place is finally getting some attention. Divine indeed. Read more about rehab hopes for the Divine Lorraine.

SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK AFLOAT

Spruce Street Harbor Park oasis being built | June 12, 2014
Spruce Street Harbor Park oasis being built | June 12, 2014

Shipping container stalls are in place, boardwalks built, and barges anchored to create Spruce Street Harbor Park’s “oasis” in the Marina at Penn’s Landing. (DRWC’s Emma Fried-Cassorla shared this rad image of the barges being floated to Penn’s Landing earlier this week.) We’ll be able to experience the Spruce Street Harbor Park in all its intriguing glory come June 26 with the next #WhyILovePhilly party.

CUSTOMS HOUSE REVEALED

Customs House lording above the site of the Museum of the American Revolution
Customs House lording above the site of the Museum of the American Revolution

Farewell old Independence Visitors Center, hello Custom’s House. With the bicentennial-era brick tower gone to make way for the Museum of the American Revolution – no matter how revolutionary its design ain’t –  we’ll be able to enjoy a new view of the Customs House, a 1930s treasure. I worked in that building once upon a time and it’s a beaut.

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