The Space

By J. Cooper Robb
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Karen DiLossi
Occupation: Freelance director, director of programs and services at the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, and co-artistic director of the Madhouse Theater Company.
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital.
Style: 650-square-foot one-bedroom apartment.

Some people's apartments are like furniture showrooms. Instead of being designed for living, their purpose seems more to impress visitors with gaudy accessories that are nice to look at but little use in daily life. Conversely, Karen DiLossi's apartment on the southern edge of the Graduate Hospital area is at once comfortable, attractive and practical.


Where were you living before?
"I was living on 15th Street between Spruce and Pine."

Where do you work?
"I work over at 16th and Walnut. When I was looking for a place, I knew I wanted to stay in the general vicinity so I could still walk to work. I also wanted a separate bedroom and a place to do laundry. Here there's a washer and dryer in the basement. And it's free. I can also use the basement for storage, which is helpful."

It's nice to have a separate room to sleep in instead of having just one room.
"Especially if there's a door between the bedroom and living room like I have here. Otherwise everyone is always sitting on your bed and stuff."

It can sometimes be hard to find cool places around here. Did a friend tell you about it?
"I actually found it in the Weekly."

Really? You're not just saying that?
"No. I've found my last three apartments in PW."

I see you have a little yard. Do you use it much?
"I moved here in August, so I've used it only a couple times so far. I still need to clean it up a bit."

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I like how open your kitchen is. Do you cook much?
"I can cook, but I'm out a lot, so I don't use the kitchen to cook in a lot. It has a garbage disposal, though. I've never had one before, and I just love it."

Did you buy new furniture when you moved in?
"It's more like I've acquired things than actually bought them. Like the rocking chair is from my grandmother. I have it over by the books, since it's great to sit in and read. The bedroom furniture is also my grandmother's, so it's from, like, the 1950s. I tend to hold on to things for a long time, and I keep them in good condition. Like the big chairs in the living room are from 1974."

Your TV looks from that period as well.
"I have a sort of retro thing going with the look, so I've tried to stick with that-and also primary colors. I also love clocks. I think I have 10 of them now."

Why so many?
"I love clocks. The first and only test I ever failed was a telling-time test in second grade. Since then I've always had a thing about face clocks."

Do you like this neighborhood better than being in the heart of Center City?
"I do. Here I never have to park more than a block away. It's also very quiet and it feels more like a real neighborhood. If I'm walking outside, neighbors stop me and say hello, and that rarely happened at 15th and Spruce."

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Got a great space? Email J. Cooper Robb (jrobb@philadelphiaweekly.com) with your name, neighborhood and contact info.


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