The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on historic designation voted on Wednesday to recommend that seven properties be added to the local register of historic places.
The vote sends a recommendation to the full Historical Commission, which will consider the nominations at its meeting next month. Buildings that are designated historic are subject to special protections contained in the city’s preservation ordinance.
The Edward Corner building, at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Shackamaxon Street in Fishtown, is currently owned by developer Michael Samschick. Samschick has been gathering properties in the area for years, including a former warehouse on Canal Street that will soon be reopened as a Live Nation music venue. Samschick has had various plans for the property over the years, and he has pulled demolition permits more than once.
Most recently, he proposed tearing the building down and building a 12-story apartment complex in its place. The Fishtown Neighbors Association voted against that plan.
The nomination for the building was written by Oscar Beisert. The committee recommended the nomination be approved because the building, a former marine merchandise warehouse, is a notable icon and exemplifies Fishtown’s historic maritime economy. On Wednesday, Patrick Grossi of the Preservation Alliance also noted that the building has some of the most iconic ghost signs in Philadelphia.