Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1200 Bank

DAS Architects is designing the proposed billiard hall in the vacant Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut, designed by Horace Trumbauer. Despite preliminary complaints about a possible rooftop dining feature from neighbors who are less vocal about the colony of bums (who are, by the way, the most angry bums in the entire city) that have taken up residence on the building's porch, a canopied roof remains a part of the plans.

Surprisingly the interior of the bank - empty for over a decade - appears to be in great condition. 1200 Bank will be a welcome addition to Chestnut Street, where improvements are inching outward from Broad Street. Not only did the Historical Commission unanimously approve the plan, but the idea is so popular it already has its own facebook page.

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