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    • Atlantic Refining Co., June 22, 1926 (Image # 6111) | Aero Service Corp. | Courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX

From Above: Refining along the Lower Schuylkill, 1926

In honor of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan’s [pdf] release earlier this month, we head back into the past to look at a section of the Lower Schuylkill from above.…

    • Mockup of David Guinn's new autumnal mural that will overlook Palumbo Park. | courtesy of David Guinn
    • St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2319 Fitzwater St.

Preservation group issues SOS for 20 sites

When old buildings start to fall through the cracks, Save Our Sites is there to catch them. The organization issues an SOS each year for structures that other preservation groups, and…

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ABOUT GIRARD ESTATES

Girard Estate, named after the richest man in the country at that time, Stephen Girard, is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The community stretches from Passyunk Avenue to Oregon Avenue and from Broad Street to 21st Street. Stephen Girard landed in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War and soon afterward built his ideal home, which he called “Gentilhommiere”. When Girard died in 1831, he left most of his $6 million estate to the city of Philadelphia, and as stated in his will, the city must build a college for poor white boys in his name and must also never sell his house. The city of Philadelphia did not sell the house, but instead rented it out as separate houses until 1950, when the city was given permission to sell all 481 homes within the estate. The community’s rich heritage and historic buildings made it a perfect setting for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky II, in which Rocky purchases a house on Lambert Street. Today Girard Estate’s close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Center City, as well as its rich heritage, provide a family oriented environment with a unique history.

RESOURCES 

Gentilhommiere Building website

Philly Skyline article on Girard Estate

South Philly Review on Girard Estate



Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girard_Estate,_Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania
Sparks Shot Tower
The Shot Tower was the first of its kind in the nation and only one of five left intact.

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