Damsel in Distress: The Divine Lorraine

Damsel in Distress: The Divine Lorraine

The Divine Lorraine’s time may be running out. When city officials charged a team of engineers and architects to diagnose the withering belle of Broad and Fairmount streets, lovely Lorraine was dubbed uninhabitable – if not unsalvageable – due to myriad structural derelictions.

Before the diagnosis, the city, much to the joy of all Philadelphians, had announced plans to renovate the Divine Lorraine, which, boasting ten stories was Philly’s first high-rise tenement.

Many proposals were made: new and old developers and communities groups suggested everything under the sun, from a magnificent ballroom venue to an art collective to renovated condos or a museum. Now, the building’s fate sits as a stalemate, flummoxing city officials and disheartening any Philly native who has beheld Lorraine’s weathered beauty.

Someone has to do something. The Divine Lorraine is practically a city heirloom; tearing it down would incite discontent, if not fiery protests before her gates. In times like this, only a good idea with plenty of grassroots support behind it will more than likely be the knight in shining armor the Lorraine needs to live on.

Will you be that knight in shining armor? Comment here on this post and tell us your thoughts about what to do with one of our city’s pride and joys. We look forward to hosting the next idea that will burgeon into Lorraine’s celebrity makeover, and new lease on life.


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Dated: July 13th 2012
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