Featuring the residences of Ursula Hobson,
Judy Wicks, Eric Berg and many others!
Highlights of this once-a-year spectacular open house tour when you'll be able to meet and talk with some of Philadelphia's remarkable artists and entrepreneurs, include:
– Celebrating 25 years in business, in 2007 Ms. Hobson converted the formerly commercial-use building at 1528 Waverly to accommodate her fine art framing business, workshop and residence – showcasing roof terraces, vaulted ceilings, and an extensive collection of prints and antique Mexican and Guatemalan masks....not to mention endless frames – all with panoramic views of the city. As a special bonus to those on the CCRA Tour, Ms. Hobson will be on hand to offer quick framing/print consultations brought in. Call (215) 546-7889 or email UHFAF@aol.com to set up an appointment (only 10/23 – 1 to 5).
– After founding the White Dog Cafe in 1983, which grew from a tiny muffin shop to a restaurant featuring fresh local food with a national
reputation for community involvement, environmental stewardship, responsible business practices and leadership in the local economy, Judy Wicks sold the restaurant in 2009 and totally renovated a charming home and garden. Witness sustainable business in practice on every floor of her eclectic home – from a rain barrel, reclaimed materials, antique lighting and cabinetry, garden fireplace to plans for 100% renewable electricity and solar hot water. Ms. Wicks has carefully paid attention to every detail. And she will be on hand to welcome you (and sign her cookbooks?) from her Dutch doors which overlook Fitler Square.
– In addition to seeing his animal bronzes locally in the Philadelphia Zoo and throughout Fitler & Rittenhouse Squares, distinguished wild life bronze sculptor, Eric Berg's Delancey Place
pair of 1850s coach houses have been combined to showcase Berg's many “animals” including a massive, brooding gorilla. Over a three-car garage and guest quarters, the main area soars two stories high with bedrooms reached by a surrounding catwalk of industrial steel grating. The entire design is the bold work of Friday Architects and Planners, carefully mated to interior furnishings of clean, classic lines.
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of house tour locations for 2011.
The self-guided tour begins at Trinity Center for Urban Life
, 2212 Spruce Street in Fitler Square or BZBI
at 18th and Locust Streets. Participants will receive a tour booklet with complete tour information, house descriptions and route map. The October 23rd event is from 1 to 5 pm, rain or shine.
- Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine Street
- Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, Inc., 1528 Waverly Street
- Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th Street
- Pure Florist Design, 500 S. 22nd Street
- CCRA Office, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 705
On the day of the tour:
- Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), 18th & Spruce Streets,
- Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce Streets,
For tickets and more information go to www.centercityresidents.org
, (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (215) 546-6719.