This past Monday marked the opening of The Met Philadelphia at 858 N Broad St. The building has a long history that, unbelievably, almost ended with the structure being demolished. Thanks to the efforts of the Holy Ghost Church to stabilize the building during its occupancy from 1995 to 2012, and a $56 Million dollar renovation in partnership with developer Eric Blumenfeld, supported by a long-term Live Nation lease, the venue has been revitalized and the beautiful architectural details of the building have been restored.
Initially called the Philadelphia Opera House, it was built in 1908 by theater impresario Oscar Hammerstein I. In 1910 Hammerstein sold it to the Metropolitan Opera of New York City, at which point it was renamed The Metropolitan Opera House. Throughout the decades that followed, the building’s tenants and use varied,from movie theater to sports venue, to use as a church. Years of decay and damage eventually rendered the space useless and near demolition. Thankfully investors saw the potential and stepped in, and the building will now flourish as an elegant and state-of-the-art entertainment venue for many more years to come.
Author:Michael Garden Phone: 215-500-2981 Dated: December 6th 2018 Views: 719 About Michael: Michael’s real estate practice is focused on quality properties in established and developing neig...
I have 14 years’ experience in residential and commercial properties throughout the Philadelphia area and inner ring suburbs. In my former life, I practiced law in Philadelphia in the areas of Premises and Products Liability, which translated beautifully into having a deep understanding of how houses “work” and Contract Law, not to mention being in the midst of my second personal renovation.
I live with my family in Germantown in a Queen Anne and previously lived in Fishtown until 2011. I am originally a native of Rochester, NY (go Wegmans!) and attended undergrad at Eugene Lang in New York City and University of Rochester, where I received a BA in Political Science in 1998. I attended Law School at State Universit y of New York at Buffalo School of Law where I received a Juris Doctor in 2003 and became a member of the PA Bar as well in 2003. I practiced in Philly for 2 1/2 years before making the leap to real estate, my true love.
I am a dog fanatic with a beautiful Husky/Collie (I’d guess?) mix at home…I can most likely find you a rescue dog too if you’d like one for your home! I am a sucker for old homes with original details, Back staircases, stained glass but love elements of most periods of design.
When I’m not selling houses, I can most often be found hanging out with my two young daughters at all the kid hot spots in town.
2014 & 2018 Space & Company Leadership Award
2017 and 2012 Space & Company Top Producer Transactions Award
2017 Space & Company Double Digit Sales Growth Award
2016 Best Realtor-Philadelphia Home Magazine
2013-2015 Five Star Real Estate Professional Award