• 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.

Mid-Century Philly: 415-425 South Street

    • Feb. 7 1949: 415-421 South Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
      Feb. 7 1949: 415-421 South Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection


For today's Mid-Century Philly, we look to the north side of South Street between 4th and 5th streets in 1949. Back then the retail mix included a Tri-Plex shoe store, the Dubrow furniture showroom, and Klinghoffer carpet on this block. In the photo below, looking northwest, you can also see the marquee for the Model Theater, which was given an Art Deco makeover in 1930. Today each of these buildings remain: the Dubrow store was Pearl Art & Craft for years (now vacant), the Model is now Bare Feet Shoes. Klinghoffer is still in business, with locations on Bainbridge and East Passyunk.
 

    • Feb. 7 1949: 415-425 South Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
      Feb. 7 1949: 415-425 South Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection

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These images are part of the Parker & Mullikin collection held by the Free Library’s Print and Picture Collection.

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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