When Old Pine Community Center opened in Society Hill back in 1977, not everyone accepted the unique design with open arms. What they didn’t understand was that lead designer, David Slovic, perfectly combined aspects of postmodern design, Victorian-era design, and practicality to make the Community Center one of the most interesting buildings in our community. In fact, the Center was so unique it was featured in Progressive Architecture Magazine, one of the leading authorities on modern design.
If you’ve ever taken the time to look at the architecture when you come into the Center, you may have noticed some unique things. From the mixture of ribbon and storefront windows on the front facade, to our repurposed amphitheater, to the intricate and alternating tile on the floors. All of these design choices had intent, creating a beautiful but practical place for community members to meet.
Similar to the architecture of the building, the programs at the Center are also multi-faceted and aim to improve the lives of those living in our community. From our support for organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, to our outreach efforts like the Sunday SHINE Program, Old Pine Community Center is dedicated to helping those in need while serving as a resource for local youth, community organizations, and sports leagues.
If you’re interested in reading more about the architecture at the Center, please read the entire write-up by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Inga Saffron on Philly.com here: http://www2.philly.com/real-
If you’d like to learn more about the programs at the Center, please visit http://oldpinecommunitycenter.