Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark, right, gathers information about the old Western Auto Building in downtown Philadelphia Monday morning. City officials evacuated two businesses over fears of impending collaps. There were no injuries. The facade can be seen leanding out top left.
Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark, right, gathers information about the old Western Auto Building in downtown Philadelphia Monday morning. City officials evacuated two businesses over fears of impending collaps. There were no injuries. The facade can be seen leanding out top left.
City officials were awaiting an engineering report after two businesses on Main Street downtown were evacuated Monday morning after a facade shifted, officials said.

City Building Inspector Jay Eakes said that he was notified Monday after Philadelphia Fire Chief Pierce Clark drove by and noticed the shift at the old Western Auto building where the brick meets the back of the Kademi building above the roof line.

“He noticed the building was in danger of collapsing while driving around yesterday and notified me,” Eakes said.

Stitched Boutique and dance studio were shut down out of safety concerns.

The building is situated between Church Avenue and Center Avenue across from The Citizens Bank.

“At this time the building is still shut down for the safety of the public,” Eakes said Tuesday.

Eakes said that an engineer inspected the building “first thing” Tuesday morning. The engineer took pictures and is working on a report.

Eakes said it might be some time before the building is open for business.
“The building is shut down until it can be fixed,” Eakes said.



A post on the boutique’s social media apologized to their customers for the sudden closing but noted that they had been informed that their part of the building was not in danger.

“Thank you, everyone, that has checked on us and the building. It doesn’t appear our building is in any jeopardy, but they are being safe,” it reads. 

“The location of the building shift is down from us. We are hoping to be open soon so everyone please be patient with us as everyone does their job to make it safe for everyone which is the most important thing. Thanks again!!”