The Philadelphia Inquirer: Political battle could topple Germantown Y

The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Inga Saffron pens an ode to the old building and brings the hammer down on councilmanic prerogative.

Changing Skyline: Political battle could topple Germantown Y
The Philadelphia Inquirer

By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
February 14, 2015

The Germantown YWCA is nearing its 100th birthday, and the old gal isn’t doing so well. The windows of the stately Georgian Revival residence hotel on Germantown Avenue are covered with plywood. Having suffered two fires, her brick walls are a bit wobbly, and there’s a hole in the roof. Some would gladly put her out of her misery right now. But without the YWCA, Germantown wouldn’t be Germantown… Read the full story in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

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