Roundup: The future of Bok High

Pic by Katrina Ohstrom via Hidden City
Pic by Katrina Ohstrom via Hidden City

Bok High School, the massive art deco vocational school at 8th and Mifflin, closed last week after 75 years. The school takes up an entire city block in the middle of two booming areas and what happens with the building could be a harbinger of that section of South Philly.

Because of the building’s architecture and the school’s history, Bok has drawn a lot of attention among the 23 schools that the district decided to close.

To that end, here’s a round-up of some of what we’ve come across in the past week:

– Axis Philly has been keeping an eye on the school as part of its partnership with NBC10, called Schoolhouse Watch. The school was the subject of a forum last week, and you can watch a clip of it here, along with a summary of what was discussed.

– Columnist Solomon Jones, writing for Axis Philly, says that although the building could be attractive to the right developer, it needs a whopping $55 million in structural repairs. No wonder it closed.

Hidden City has a great slideshow of the inside of the building by photographer Katrina Ohstrom.

– And you can keep up with all the media coverage of the building on the Schoolhouse Watch’s Bok page here.

2 thoughts on “Roundup: The future of Bok High

  • June 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    “Go to BOK and be okay…go to BOK and sleep all day”.

  • June 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    whoever buys this building needs to know that a few years back bok and southwark schools shared he same heating unit…now how are the elementary children going to keep warm this coming year….what is going to happen to the afterschool program for those who are learning English….were are the people who vote going tano go to now…thank you city of Philadelphia…you want votes but not repairs…slackers

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