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Demolition is painless…when it comes to the Pain Center

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DSC01679Demolition signs and fencing are up around the former rehabilitative medicine office at the corner of 12th and Lombard Streets, so this may be your last chance to witness the Pain Center’s slanted roofs, slotted windows and fuzzy brutalism in action. We imagine few Washington Square West residents (or even modernism enthusiasts) will regret watching this 1969 monolith go. Even those who¬†do miss it can only fault the building’s former occupants for endangering their practice by committing insurance fraud. We just wonder how the townhouses that replace it will fit in at a former commercial corner. The six new homes, proposed by Virgil Procaccio, will be four stories and 45 feet tall with three bedrooms, roof decks and rear parking for two cars each.

Not exactly dense by Center City standards, but we imagine they won’t be too out of place considering the homes next door…


three-story townhomes on Lombard, east of the Pain Center


Written by cwmote

January 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm