Old City Fire Statement From THE LITTLE LION & Demolition
Old City Fire Statement From THE LITTLE LION & CITY OF PHILA About Demolition
We are very saddened by the news this week about the four alarm fire at the buildings near 3rd and Chestnut Street in Old City District. We represent both Old City District and the large restaurant on that corner, The Little Lion.
Where it says B&B is incorrect, it’s actually a private home. I know the people who live there. I shot a party there before they bought it. Here’s the link to see inside this fabulous space. Sorry pixs are a little dark, I was new at this back then, I had no idea what photoshop was.
PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced plans for the demolition of 239 Chestnut Street, where Sunday’s four-alarm fire originated.
In the aftermath of the blaze, L&I had determined that the structure was “imminently dangerous”. Although the building was almost entirely destroyed in the fire, much of the Chestnut Street façade, while unstable, was still standing. L&I and engineers from the firms Keast & Hood and O’Donnell & Nacarrato have since discovered that original brownstone construction remained beneath the plaster-covered façade. The inspection team concluded, however, that the brownstone is severely deteriorated and could not be salvaged. The two engineering firms donated their expert services at the request of the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia.
L&I will salvage the first-floor façade of 239 Chestnut, which — unlike the rest — is made from cast iron poured into molds. In addition, L&I has arranged for Langan, an engineering and consulting firm, to perform a 3D laser survey of the building façade today.
“By fully documenting the structure’s exact dimensions and detailing,” stated L&I Commissioner David Perri, “this survey will be instrumental in informing an appropriate design for reconstruction of 239 Chestnut Street.”
Before 239 Chestnut Street can be demolished, 237 Chestnut, also heavily damaged by the fire, must be stabilized to make the demolition process safer and to avoid further harm to its structure. The owner of 237 Chestnut St. has begun preparing the building for the necessary shoring work.
Demolition of 239 Chestnut is expected to begin during the week of February 26th and will likely take at least a week to complete.
Chestnut between S. Bank and S. 4th Streets; Elbow Lane between S. Bank and S. 3rd Streets; S. Bank between Elbow Lane and Chestnut Street; and S. 3rd St between Elbow Lane and Walnut Street will remain closed to traffic at this time. Additional temporary road closures may become necessary during the demolition process to allow for movement of heavy equipment.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.