Why the iconic Painted Bride building will stand — for now

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The Painted Bride Art Center is draped in black mesh since it was discovered that the Isaiah Zagar mural that covers it is separating from its walls. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The Painted Bride Art Center is draped in black mesh since it was discovered that the Isaiah Zagar mural that covers it is separating from its walls. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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The Painted Bride, Philadelphia’s oldest alternative art space, wanted to pursue a more nomadic vision and sell its landmark building in Old City to a condo developer. WHYY’s arts and culture reporter Peter Crimmins explains why a judge recently blocked the sale, a surprising move that could change the direction of the Bride’s future.

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