• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Inside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's secret spaces [video]

What lies within the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's anchorage towers is off-limits to most folks, but the Delaware River Port Authority took the Courier-Post on a tour of the fabulous hidden spaces within the bridge.


The bridge was built in the early 1920s and its design integrated transit infrastructure that was never used due to rapidly shifting technology. As a result, whole areas of the bridge remain unseen. Lucky for us, the Courier-Post made this cool video revealing forgotten trolley stops, uninhabited news stand alcoves, and beautifully tiled public spaces that never were. Take a peek inside.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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    Issues: Design
    Neighborhoods: Old City
    Photo Credit: The Benjamin Franklin Bridge's robust abutment.

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