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East Parkside

    • Strawberry Mansion meeting on East/West Park planning

Join Us: A Community Vision for East and West Fairmount Park

Dear PlanPhilly reader, We have an exciting new project underway in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation that we thought might be of interest to you.  This one takes us beyond…

    • The renovation project included the Paul Cret pachyderm house and surrounding grounds, Photo courtesy of SMP Architects

1940s Paul Cret pachyderm house now home to children's zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo has a new, old attraction. In one of the zoo’s largest undertakings to date, the 1940s era Paul Cret pachyderm house, which used to house elephants, hippos and…

    • From the newly opened 40th Street Bridge cars and pedestrians can see Philadelphia's skyline

Five years later, 40th Street Bridge opens

Five years after the 40th Street Bridge connecting West Philadelphia’s Mantua and Parkside neighborhoods closed, it is back and better than ever. Though a few bridge closure signs remain posted nearby,…



East/West Parkside is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. It is bound by Farimount Park to the northeast, 52nd Street to the northwest, Lancaster Avenue to the southwest, from West Girard Avenue to 36th Street to the southeast. The neighborhood is bisected into East Parkside and West Parkside by Belmont Avenue. The area was almost completely undeveloped until the city of Philadelphia chose this land as the location of the fairground of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, the United States's first world's fair. The fair included 250 pavilions from 37 different countries and attracted over 10 million people. The fair also brought development to this area; many buildings were constructed for the fair-goers. With the end of the fair came the destruction of all buildings in the area except for Memorial Hall and Horticulture Hall and addtionally the Philadelphia Zoo, built in 1873. Philadelphia's booming economy caused Center City to overcrowd and many residents moved out to West Philadelphia. The 1895 trolley line increased the area's popularity. Developers Frederick Poth and Joseph Schmidt hired various architects to create individualistic Victorian style homes. Poth and Schmidt dubbed the area Parkside for its location. The area attracted wealthy German-American commuters and others who were attracted to the Zoo and the Philadelphia Art Museum, located in Memorial Hall. As the 20th century took its course, the area became less popular for commuters and changed into a Jewish-American and later African-American community. Today the area has become  blighted, but residents are building a better future for their neighborhood.



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