In the early 20th century, Philadelphia's Horace Trumbauer was the go-to architect for America's newly rich industrial barons. When he wasn't designing their classically inspired townhouses and country retreats, he was providing them with grand hotels to stage their fancy balls. The largest and most ornate of these was the Benjamin Franklin Hotel at Ninth and Chestnut Street.
Good Eye: From flop house to luxury apartments, the many lives of Locust Street's Lincoln Apartments
Cities are always in flux and so are their buildings. The Lincoln Apartments, at the corner of Locust and Camac, has reinvented itself multiple times in its 124-year history. Its ups and downs neatly track the changing fortunes of Locust Street.
Inga Saffron, The Inquirer's architecture critic, writes about architecture, design and planning issues. She was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Her popular column, "Changing Skyline", has been appearing on Fridays in the paper’s Home & Design section since 1999. In 2012, she completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.