Gone But Not Forgotten in CC

311 South Broad Street stood vacant for at least 15 years before being demolished along with 301-309 to the north for the slated Dranoff hotel-condo tower. In recent years, the building has been a canvas for the lesser talented graffiti artists of Philadelphia (seen here during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts), as well as a backdrop for the summer PHS pop-up garden two years ago. But the alleged history of the building includes the Superior Laboratories under which the building was opened in 1910, a dual residency in the 1930s with a nightclub called "Benny the Bums" on the ground and the WPA Federal Arts Program occupying the upper floors, another fun-named nightclub the Piccadilly Dine & Dance, and the Regency Ballroom, 27 April 2013.

311 South Broad Street stood vacant for at least 15 years before being demolished late March into AprilĀ along with 301-309 to the north (seen on the left) for the slated 47-story Dranoff luxury hotel/condo tower. In recent years, the building has been a canvas for the lesser talented graffiti artists of Philadelphia (seen here during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts), as well as a backdrop for the summer PHS pop-up garden two years ago. But the alleged history of the building includes the Superior Laboratories under which the building was opened in 1910, a dual residency in the 1930s with a nightclub called “Benny the Bums” on the ground and the WPA Federal Arts Program occupying the upper floors, another fun-named nightclub called the Piccadilly Dine & Dance, and the Regency Ballroom, 27 April 2013.

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This entry was published on April 29, 2015 at 7:21 am. It’s filed under Architecture, Center City, Historic Preservation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Gone But Not Forgotten in CC

  1. Paul Litten on said:

    Does any one have any photos of the Regency Ball room?

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