Frequently Asked Questions


What will the building be used for?
The building is 340,000 square feet -- that's nearly six football fields when laid out horizontally!

This building was originally built in 1936 as a vocational high school school and has existing workshop spaces, culinary training kitchens and classrooms. The idea is to repurpose the existing infrastructure and consider how it can be reused by future tenants. The vision is for the building to be converted into an affordable mixed-use space for businesses, non-profits, creatives, small-batch manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

 

Did this building used to be a public school? Why is it closed?
Yes, this building was Bok Technical High School from September 1938 until June 2013. In March of 2013, the School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to close the school along with 23 other schools around the city. For more information on these closings read the School District's "Facilities Master Plan" here.  Scout was selected to redevelop the building by the SRC in autumn of 2014 through a public auction process. 

 

What is the building zoned for?
The building has been rezoned IRMX (Industrial, Residential Mixed Used) in July 2015 which is a new zoning class to enable and support "very low-impact industrial uses, including artists and artisan industry, while also providing for residential and neighborhood commercial uses" (according to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission). 



What is "Bok Bar?" Is it the same as Bok?
Bok Bar is a rooftop bar managed separately from Bok. While Bok houses a wide variety of workspaces and artist studios, Bok Bar only refers to the seasonal rooftop bar. If you have questions about Bok Bar, please visit bok-bar.com.



I’m interested in getting space at Bok! How can I find out more?
Please fill out this leasing form and we will get back to you soon!


I am interested in hosting a private event at Bok. How can I find out more?
Please fill out our event interest form here. 


I am interested in photographing or filming within a space at Bok. How can I find out more?
Please email hello@buildingbok.com for rates and availabilities. 


How do I take a tour of Bok?
If you've never visited BOK and are curious about what we're up to, join us for a free tour every Wednesday. Please arrive promptly at 5:00 PM at the entrance to the building by the set of wooden doors. You do not need to register for the weekly tour. Tours will only be cancelled if they land on a federally recognized holiday. We look forward to showing you around!


I have more questions (including press questions.) Who should I ask?
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email hello@buildingbok.com and we will get back to you shortly.

BOK | 1901 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
landing page image by Sam Oberter. room photo by Billy Cress. all other photos by Scout