South Street Arts Center with studios, rooftop restaurant proposed for old Pearl building

UPDATE: See update and application link below.

In what could be a huge shot in the arm for the eastern section of South Street, a local buyer has purchased the former Pearl Arts and Crafts building with plans to turn it into an arts center.

A possible rendering of what could be for 417-421 South St.
A possible rendering of what could be for 417-421 South St. Facade change planned for 2015.

The plan is for 85 art studios over four floors (including the basement) with a retail/gallery space on the ground floor and a restaurant with sculpture garden on the roof. Studios, which start at $250 a month, will each have a shelf or gallery wall to show artists’ work.

An early version of what could be the roof
An early version of what could be the roof

The design and the restaurant are still in the planning stage, so the situation is still a bit fluid, but the owner is optimistic that he could open by summer 2014. With such a quick timeline, we’re guessing that means he doesn’t plan to tear down the current building, but rather to redo the facade and interior.

This building has been vacant for years
This building has been vacant for years.

Applications for the studio spaces are coming shortly, so we’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE: The new owner of the building says he plans to open without the fancy new facade in 2014, and wanted to do a facade redesign in 2015 with an all-glass front. Here’s what the opening should look like when it first opens.

South Street Arts Center 2014

And here’s a link to the brochure and studio application.

SSAC-Brochure&Application

 

6 thoughts on “South Street Arts Center with studios, rooftop restaurant proposed for old Pearl building

  • December 4, 2013 at 9:03 am
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    Wow , interesting conversion .

  • December 6, 2013 at 12:14 am
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    That’s great,
    but it’s the *Cohen Hardware building*!
    How soon we forget…

    • December 6, 2013 at 11:10 am
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      That’s where Cohen Hardware was previously? Interesting.

  • December 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm
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    So a flea market and cafeteria?

    South St needs an enema.

    No good retailers or projects will go there when there is new development in Center City.

    This building will stay empty.

  • December 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm
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    I got pretty excited especially when the article said the studios would start at $250 a month. But then I viewed the application and 1st floor options for less than 190sqft are up to $1,200 a month! And over $500 for barely 150 sqft on the second floor!!! On south street?!! I think I’ll stick with fishtown and Kensington…

  • December 9, 2013 at 9:31 am
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    It doesn’t look like the new owner has thought this through at all, nor does it look like they have a clear vision of what it could be. It appears they are just looking for a quick and easy turnaround on their investment … actual vision takes work.

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