The Divine Lorraine Hotel

_MG_7741-1-3Recently I had a day off from work and took a trip with Sheila, our dog Sia and extended family to Philadelphia. After milling about for a few hours, we all went our separate ways and Sheila, the dog, and I drove about as I would occasionally hop out the car and snap photos of things of interest. While driving up Broad street on our way to another destination, we came upon this impressive building on the corner of Fairmont and Broad. It size and beauty stopped us dead in our tracks and I just had to park the car and get a few shots of the place. We were so impressed with the building it was the subject of most of the conversation on the way home. Of course after we got home, Sheila immediately did some research online and found some great info on this historical landmark. Built in the late 1800’s the Lorraine was a luxury high rise of sorts for the wealthy back then, and in the late 40’s it was bought by a man name Father Divine who turned it into the first integrated apartment building in the city, hence the name of the building now. It has been abandoned for a very long time (obviously), but there are talks of one day rehabbing it. Before they do (and I hope they do) it would be nice to spend some quality time roaming the lobby and old hallways with my camera.

Canon 5D mark II, EF 50 1.2 L, ISO 320, 1/500 @ f/11


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