Spaces We Love

In the "Spaces We Love" video series we asked 11 Philadelphians to tell us about their favorite space in Philadelphia. As Philadelphia looks forward to hosting AIA Convention 2016, we are inspired by how the work of local architects effects our everyday lives.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, PSFS Building | Alan Greenberger, FAIA

Alan Greenberger is the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce in Philadelphia. When Alan looks out the window of the PSFS Building, he understands “the great relationship that the city has to its park systems, to its residential neighborhoods, and to its thriving downtown”. The PSFS Building was designed by Architects, William Lescaze and George Howe.

Divine Lorraine Hotel | Kimberely Washington, Esq.

Kimberely Washington is the Executive Director of the Frankford Community Development Corporation and her favorite space in Philadelphia is the Divine Lorraine Hotel, designed by Architect, Willis G. Hale. In this Spaces We Love video, Kimberely speaks not only to the history of the Divine Lorraine (one of the first racially integrated hotels in the city) but also to it’s potential as a catalyst for change in the future.


Tiffany Milner is the Affiliate Director of the ACE Mentor Program and her favorite space in Philadelphia is Dilworth Park. Tiffany loves Dilworth Park because it enables so many different activities to happen at the same place, and yet it is “still able to maintain an element of peace, calm and tranquility” – a public space done well. Dilworth Park was designed by KieranTimberlake and OLIN.

PAFA | Diana Lind

Diana Lind is the Director of Digital Audience Development at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and In this Spaces We Love video, Diana talks the PAFA Building, a space that she loves for its’ rich combination of both art and architecture. The PAFA Building was designed by the architects, Frank Furness and George Hewitt.

Three Bears Park | Emma Fried-Cassorla

Emma Fried-Cassorla is a Communications Strategist at J2 Design Partnership and the Founder the beloved “Philly Love Notes”. In this Spaces We Love video, Emma speaks about her love for Three Bears Park, a park that’s tucked away behind layers of city – a testament to how homey Philly can be for its’ residents.

Chinatown | Andrew Toy

The Rohm and Haas Building | Caroline Boyce

Caroline Boyce is the Executive Director of Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and her favorite building in Philadelphia is The Rohm and Haas Building. Caroline loves The Rohm and Haas Building because it is a “testament to the great Mid-Century Modern Architecture that exists in Philadelphia”. The Rohm and Haas Building was designed by architect Pietro Belluschi.

Common Threads Mural | Jane Golden

Jane Golden is the Founder and Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (Mural Arts). In this Spaces We Love video Jane talks about her love for the Common Threads Mural at the intersection of Broad and Spring Garden street. The Common Threads Mural, painted by Meg Saligman, is the counterpoint of Philadelphia’s vast array of murals, otherwise known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Art Gallery”.

Race Street Pier | Harris Steinberg

Harris Steinberg is the Executive Director of the Lindy Institute of Urban Innovation at Drexel University. Harris loves Race Street Pier because of its’ ability to connect Philadelphians to natural elements like sun and water. Race Street Pier was designed by Landscape Architects at James Corner Field Operations.

East Passyunk Avenue | Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia, shares her favorite space in Philadelphia – East Passyunk Avenue. For Rebecca, the Singing Fountain in Passyunk Square represents a place in a neighborhood that brings people together, one of many local gems you can find tucked in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

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