Gray Area

GRAY AREA is an experiment and a public dialogue to encourage new ways of thinking about older buildings in Philadelphia and beyond. Over the course of 2013/2014, the project will be studying two vacant Philadelphia properties of architectural, cultural and/or historical significance which represent distinctive neighborhoods (Germantown and Powelton Village/Mantua) and building types (industrial and commercial.) Providing an opportunity to think creatively and imaginatively about old buildings in a fast-changing, modern city, GRAY AREA ultimately hopes to consider and develop new ways of leveraging Philadelphia’s decaying and neglected architectural assets. Over the course of the winter and spring 2014 GRAY AREA will be exploring Hawthorne Hall, a former social hall, performance space, and place of worship, and just a few blocks west of our project’s home at 3711 Melon St, Mantua, West Philadelphia.