Urban Renewal

Recent Work: CDC Updates & Award

We have now completed three projects for Philadelphia's Community Design Collaborative since 2014, including two projects last year that earned us their Rookie of the Year award!

Our first project was for the Variety Club of Philadelphia, a wonderful organization catering to children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities. We were charged with assessing their Widener Indoor Sports Pavilion building, which has been partially closed for several years. It is a striking building with a strong Louis Kahn design influence:

Our other project with the Frankford Avenue Streetscape Project for the Frankford Community Development Corporation. Our work focused on the 4600 block of Frankford where multiple streets intersect and the Arrott Transportation Center is located:


Steeple View I: Update

Big news regarding our project in Newtown with the addition of the Newtown Wine & Sprits store planning to remain in the Borough by taking the majority of the 1st floor space. This location is one of the busiest within the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's network:


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Design Review at Pratt Institute

Richard Scherr's Design Studio invited McAuliffe + Carroll Architects to the end of year design review- graduate architecture. Some of our colleagues included Adam Kushner and Theo David, who always have stimulating comments and observations.

The project was for a mixed used, artists live/work building on the East River in Astoria Queens. The waterfront of New York has become the new frontier of developement, so this project is timely.

Some of the 11 designs we reviewed...:

That was "after". Here is the "before":


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Our new project for Mighty Quinn's, on the corner of 2nd Ave. and 6th Street New York City, has begun construction and is moving along quickly. This front window will soon be a glass overhead door:

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The building has an interesting footnote in rock history, as the Fillmore East was the neighboring building. A well know fire occured in our building, in 1968, causing the abrupt ending of a concert by The Who:



Mighty Quinn's, is setting up shop on the first floor after a very successful regular "gig" at Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg:

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Grand opening is planned for around Thanskgiving. Jusrt outside the front door is a "historic marker" for the Fillmore created by the wonderful Jim Power, The Mosaic Man:

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As for the Fillmore, not a trace remains:



Buildings We Like: Foster

Ten minutes away from the convention center in Washington DC is the former U.S. Patent Office that now houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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The original building was designed by Robert Mills, the first american architect born and trained in this country. The interiors have been sensitively renovated for the display of art and artifacts:

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But the real stunner is the courtyard. Here Foster and gang enclosed court with a freestanding, undulating, structure that is barely visible from the outside, and thrilling on the inside:

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Preservation and modernism can lead to great spaces.