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    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 - PhillyHistory.org

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

    • Conceputual rendering of Drexel Square at Schuylkill Yards

Planning Commission hears community concerns, supports rezoning for first phase of Schuylkill Yards

Jerry Sweeney breezed through a presentation he’s given dozens of times before: Brandywine Realty Trust’s vision for a new 14-acre, $3.5 billion “innovation district” just west of 30th Street Station: Schuylkill…

    • Lincoln Square: Lincoln Walk and Broad Street Plaza | BLTArchitects, Nov. 2016 CDR presentation

Design Committee supports Lincoln Square, new Aramark, Lancaster Mews developments

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting pushed the total count of projects covered this year to 41, a record for the still young process—and a testament to the acceleration of…

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ABOUT POWELTON VILLAGE

Powelton, also known as Powelton Village, is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. This area is bounded by Spring Garden Street to the north, Market Street to the south, 32nd Street in the east, and 44th Street in the west. At the end of the 17th century, a Welshman named William Powel purchased land in Blockley Township, then an area outside of Philadelphia. At the end of the 18th century, the Powel family purchased 96 acres surrounding the original property and named it Powelton. In the early 19th century, this area began to develop into a fashionable suburb of Philadelphia. A large amount of twin Victorian houses were built here in the 1850s by wealthy residents of Philadelphia, and many of the structures still stand. With the invention of electric street cars at the end of the 19th century, more middle class families moved away from the center of the city into its outer neighborhoods, which included Powelton. During this time, the neighborhood was very diverse yet also very unified. In the mid 20th century, the area suffered from an economic crisis. But since the 1960s, the area has been steadily recovering. The neighborhood was registered by the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Today the neighborhood has a predominately white, middle class population, the majority of whom are local college students.


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Spiral Q Puppet Theater
Spiral Q Puppet Theater was founded as a shadow puppet theater, staging performances at local benefits and events.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN POWELTON VILLAGE

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