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The Henry Lister Townsend Residence, c. 1887, William D. and George W. Hewitt, architects.


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6015 Wayne Avenue, sometimes referred to as "The Castle".

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The Corn Exchange in Old City - referred to above.



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I have a feeling this is going to be a great thread.



Here is Philadelphia in 1905.

photographer unknown



There is a sign on top of the building directly to the right of City Hall.
"The North" something or other....does anyone in Philly know the full name?

This is a great photograph to study :
The woman with the hatbox...the street vendor...the horse turds....the automobile zipping around the corner....the mystery pole in the center of the street.
The North American Building is the building located on the right.

Here are some interesting photos of old Philadelphia, click on the link:http://www.brynmawr.edu/iconog/king/list.html
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The Corn Exchange in Old City - referred to above.



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A little background; The Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Co. at 123-135 Chestnut Street was built in 1903 in the Georgian Revival Style by Newman & Harris (fl. 1902-1910) with alterations and additions by Horace Trumbauer in 1913, 1929 and 1931.
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....Some great posts .......

etheral_reality , the 1905 shot of South Broad and City Hall you posted
is just great ......I was looking at the street , it appears to have still
been compacted dirt at that time.......amazin'
Anyone know if that is true ???

mmikeyphilly , your web site posting ( brynmawr.edu/ etc. ) is a full days
worth of enjoyment . Thanks for posting .

Swinefeld , the Henry Lister Townsend residence is estate or family controlled now ??
Dam nice shot . Thanks .

Watusi , who better to ask . What do you know about the PRSL line and what was it's last
year of opperation ??
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you're welcome City Streets!

yea, if you take a look at Image 8A (the 1st Image 8A). It's called the West End Trust Building. I am 99% sure that the building occupied the spot where the Old Meridian aka. Fidelity Mutual, aka Girard Bank Building once stood. Now, Of course Residences of the Ritz (RATR). The reason I say this is because I can almost remember when I was in my childhood, my Dad brought me in town for whatever reason, and we stopped and looked at the demolition of that very building. Did I mention that I am almost as old ?, ever hear the expression "you've been around since Broad St was a prairie! So I think I may have answered your other question, Was Broad St comprised of a dirt surface? Anyway, Im glad you enjoyed and thanks for starting the thread.
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Watusi , who better to ask . What do you know about the PRSL line and what was it's last
year of opperation ??
Not sure, but I bet you'd get all you wanted to know plus more here:

http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=97
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Swinefeld , the Henry Lister Townsend residence is estate or family controlled now ??
Dam nice shot . Thanks .
To the best of my knowledge, it's a private residence. I can only imagine what it's worth on today's market. $4 million perhaps.
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What is that rather ornate 2nd empire building on S. Broad St caddy corner from the Doubletree?
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Parkside Historic District

Some pics from the Parkside section of West Philly.

The Lansdowne Apartments, 1893, Willis G. Hale (possibly John C. Worthington), architect

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Along Parkside Avenue, a name derived from the proximity to Fairmount Park, arose in the late 19th Century a row of substantial twin homes in the new commuter suburb of West Philadelphia. The city's emerging management class were looking for larger homes away from the crowded inner city. West Philadelphia's open land and farms were quickly converted into speculative homes for the new monied commuters and their growing families. In time the houses were converted into apartments and then a long period of decline set in. The homes were in a bad state of disrepair and it seemed like a date with the wrecking ball was in their future. Fortunately the Parkside Historic Preservation Corporation stepped in and saved them. They are currently is use as The Brentwood Apartments.

Parkside Historic District, twin homes built c. 1897, Henry E. Flower, architect.

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Then and now montages

I take a lot of then and now montages though few ever involve particularly significant buildings, and the original photos don't always have the best perspectives. That said, here's a few that might be interesting.

The Aldine Theater - 19th and Chestnut. Built 1921. William Steele & Sons Company.



The wonderfully Victorian building in the center was built for the Athletic Club of Philadelphia in 1889. Exterior designed by Willis Hale.



Some lost Market Street in Old City, as was alluded to in Philly VII.



More of these can be found at my blog as well, http://briangoestotown.blogspot.com. Original photos all from http://www.phillyhistory.org
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The main exhibition hall at the Philadelphia Exposition 1876.




I love this photograph so much. The detail is amazing.
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In this photograph you can see the main exhibition hall in the distance.


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What is that rather ornate 2nd empire building on S. Broad St caddy corner from the Doubletree?
I'll take a stab at this. (Anyone correct me if I'm wrong). In the foreground on the left is the Academy of Music, behind that I believe is the original Bellevue (the five or six story row), then the "new" Bellevue Stratford, and behind that, the Land Title Building, or Land Title & Trust Building built in 1898?? (I said I was old, but I'm NOT ancient )

btw, Great photos of those homes in Parkside, Swinefeld!
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then the "new" Bellevue Stratford,
That's the one. Thanks!





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wow, does that mean I get a star? I was sweatin' bullets there for a minute! Glad I could help!
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***Just an interesting note: I have an old framed photo of the "Arco" Headquarters Building at Broad & Spruce (before they relocated to Centre Square), now the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA). In the photo it shows the cars heading east instead of west on Spruce St. I guess at one time, traffic patterns were altered too. (I wish I could post the pic, but I don't have a scanner . Also, in the pic, (which I thought was a "camp"), where the Kimmel Center is now, there was a bar located there named "MUSICAL BAR". Geez. Anyway, have fun next time you play trivia!


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Second time post.......



Contrary to a former description ( on another site ) , this obviously is
not the " Bates Motel " , but in reality , the Union League Club on
South Broad . Formed in 1863/64 to promote loyality to the Union .
......Architects John Fraser / Horace Trumbauer .
........Still one of my favorites in Philly .

PS ; mmikeyphilly , enjoyed your informative post , ol' man .
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John Frazer was the architect for the Union League (pictured here) on Broad Street (1864-5) while Trumbauer designed the 15th Street building (1909-12). A number of Philadelphia's most famous architects had a hand in various additions through the years, namely T.P. Chandler, Addison Hutton and James Windrim.
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