Transformation from pumping station to Philly Fringe
The Philly Fringe, best known for its annual festival, began tearing out old pumps and shoring up the brick structure at the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard after hitting a fundraising milestone: 90 percent of the $5.2 million it will take to complete the first phase of construction. Efforts to raise an additional $1.5 million or so are under way,
The goal is to have the new 240-seat theater, studio and offices ready for this fall’s Fringe Festival (Sept. 6-21). An indoor restaurant and bar, outdoor plaza space and further building restoration will be completed by late spring 2014,
A permanent home-base will allow Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe to become more of a year-round presence in Philadelphia, with regular performances in its new theater. Mixed visual and performance arts installations on the waterfront are possibilities, along the pedestrian and bicycle trail, and even in some of the existing strip-malls.