3300 block of Civic Center Boulevard
The reason that Penn Hospital and CHoP have been building shit like gangbusters along this block is because it just recently became available. Many new Philaphiles are unaware that this area was briefly Philly's cultural and commercial powerhouse. The Philadelphia Convention Hall and Commercial Museum were cool-ass buildings that were part of the five-building Philadelphia Civic Center. Once the Pennsylvania Convention Center was built, these buildings became useless. They were knocked down in 2005.
|Convention Hall going down. I'll be telling you more about this mothefucker some other time. Pic by Matt Blaze.|
It's like the architect, the firm of Rafael Vinoly, chugged a bottle of vodka, huffed a bunch of nitrous and went apeshit with some styrofoam blocks the night before they needed to present the design to Penn. The next morning, they grabbed their styrofoam and scotch tape model and went straight to their presentation. Penn should've known what they were getting into. Just look at the renderings:
|The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine isn't too bad looking.. then you get the Fisher Translational Shitcastle on the right. What the fuck were they thinking?|
|This is not something someone should be proud to present.|
I'm not sure what the fuck Translational Research is but I do know that it'll probably end up saving lives. I guess it's better to have an ugly building that saves human lives than a nice looking building that kills people.