First Materials Arrive

Materials - Reclaimed from a struck down movie set
Today Greensaw delivered a truck load of wood sheets that will eventually become the sub-floor of the buildings. They were acquired from The Resource Exchange who recovered them from a struck Philly movie set. We will be walking on Philadelphia Cinematic history, ha ha.

Getting ready for the demo work that will commence soon.

A Tour

204-206 East Girard Avenue
204-206 East Girard Avenue
While I am impatiently waiting for an answer from zoning today, I thought I would put together a tour of the buildings in their current state.

I have lived in Philly since 1988 and have fallen in love with many of the vacant, dilapidated buildings in this town. Over the years, I have ridden my bike past these rotting, architecturally beautiful buildings while renovating them in my mind.

This is how I felt when I first saw these buildings. It was love at first sight. I think many people would be scared away by the advanced water damage, but I saw amazing natural light, a great layout and lots of potential.

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We are very happy to be working with the folks at Greensaw Design and Build, the general contractor for the project. We share their belief that renovating existing buildings vs. building new, should itself be a recognized factor in sustainable building.

Check out this article written by Brendan Isaac Jones, the owner of Greensaw, on the SlowBuild philosophy where he mentions our project:
Perspectives: Building, the New American Addiction by Brendan Isaac Jones, Owner of Greensaw Design & Build

A Ghost?

At closing, the Sellers’ agent, Chris Somers, mentioned making a blog post about Jack Riehl, the Great Great Grandson of an owner of a tavern located at the future YIKES office. I had to hunt the blog post down, because I love finding out about the history of the buildings.

Check it out, it’s very interesting:
The Gentleman Ghost of Fishtown