Municipal Pier 9
Pier 9 is one of the last remaining municipal pier structures in Central Philadelphia. Owned by DRWC, the structure is currently used for storage; however the Master Plan for the Central Delaware calls for its rehabilitation and reuse. To that end, DRWC hired the architecture firm of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) to undertake a feasibility study of the pier. Completed in April 2012, the study determined the pier’s structural condition and what stabilization measures (and costs) might be necessary to attract development and reuse.
- The 93-year old warehouse features over 55,000 square feet of open space.
- The unique post-industrial site is conveniently located off Columbus Boulevard next to Race Street Pier, making it easily accessible to visitors who are taking public transportation, walking, biking, or traveling by car.
The immense open floor plan and overall accessibility are key indicators of the Pier’s potential as a collective space, and helped to secure Pier 9 as the host of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s latest collaboration with renowned artist Ann Hamilton on her exhibition, habitus. Municipal Pier 9 was open to the air, the breeze, and the weather on the Delaware River, thereby creating an expansive environment to compliment Hamilton’s large-scale installation. The exhibit brought over 11,500 visitors to the waterfront during its five-week run, from September 6 – October 10, 2016.
DRWC is currently investigating ways to activate this space on a year around basis to accommodate a wide variety of exciting uses, including indoor and outdoor cafes, shared studio space, art performances and temporary art installations. “We envision the activation of Pier 9 as another placemaking initiative to complement our other successful venues such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, Summerfest, and Winterfest”, said Joe Forkin, DRWC’s Vice-President for Operations and Development.