Landmark Architectural Designs South Broad Street Armory An Ugly Tomb, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Landmark Architectural Designs South Broad Street Armory An Ugly Tomb
Michael Carosella Will Demolish The Landmark Third Regiment Armory
The load bearing masonry pile spanning most of the 1200 block of the east side of South Broad Street was constructed for the Third Regiment of the National Guard in 1886. Nearly one hundred years later, the regiment disbanded and the state eventually sold the building to a not-for-profit, the Tolentine Community Center. The sale of the building took place at the bargain price of $106,246 with “no demo” stipulations. The physical condition of the building has been deteriorating ever since—for example, the roof structure is shot. Recently, Senator Larry Farnese overturned the stipulations and the building was sold to Michael Carosella, a developer known for his sensitivity to historic landmarks (yeah, right).
Actually, we think he might be shooting for a Philadelphia that looks more like Miami—especially when parking lots galore are involved. All and all, the old load bearing masonry pile could be reused, more interesting, and, in the long run, more attractive than the new, fleeting designs of Landmark Architectural Designs that are no doubt the product of Carosella’s bottom line and his general lack of taste and culture.
In closing, we must ask, what is wrong with these people?