I spent a week in Philadelphia last month participating in a training on Historic Real Estate Finance from the National Development Council. The five-day course – organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from the 1776 Foundation – gave me an expanded understanding of how redevelopment projects are supported through a range of private and public investments.
One highlight of the week was a tour of the University City neighborhood (organized by Melissa Jest from the National Trust and led by local resident/developer Ryan Spack) where we learned about the reuse of a former bank building on Baltimore Avenue as the Mariposa Food Co-op and the Project Rehab program of the University City District. We also got to peek inside the Frank Furness designed former Saint Peter’s Church of Christ – a building that was narrowly saved from demolition early this year.
I uploaded a set of photographs from the training and tour to Flickr and included a few favorites below.