According to an article in philly.com,
the Divine Lorraine mystery
has been solved. For those of you that wagered on Eric Blumenfeld of EB Realty, youâ€™ve got quite a windfall on your hands.
Blumenfeldâ€™s plan, to be more specific, doesnâ€™t necessarily involve the
blighted architectural gem so much as it involves the four acre lot that
sits right behind it. Mr. Blumenfeldâ€™s dream is to construct new school
buildings on the site, relocating four existing high schools that are
in the general area. These would include Masterman
, currently located at 1699 Spring Garden St.
, Franklin Learning Center
, currently located at 616 N. 15th St.
, Benjamin Franklin High
, currently located at 550 N Broad St.
, and Parkway Center City High
, currently located at 540 N. 13th St.
As for the Divine Lorraine herself, a local artist
a plan for the building: transforming it into the Philadelphia
Interactive Museum of Contemporary Art. Caryn Kunkle also sees potential
for college student housing and an urban garden at the site of the
future museum.Â Kunkle is working with Mr. Blumenfeld to try to merge
their concepts in a holistic way.