Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Deed - NE Corner Frankford and Castor (Erie) Avenues Harrowgate Philadelphia - 1902

Annual Message Mayor of Philadelphia – 1902 – Published 1903 Vol. 3

Property on which the George L. Horn public grade school was built 1902-1904, architect Lloyd Titus.

$78,000 to build school 1902-1904

The Christian Advocate - 1 December 1904


Monday, April 27, 2015

Springs and Spa - Harrowgate Philadelphia - 18th thru 19th Century

Philadelphia Public Art

The Springs and Spas of Old Time Philadelphians by F. H. Shelton – 1923

Harrowgate Hotel on Harrowgate Lane (Atlantic Street) and Kensington Plank Road (Avenue)
1865 Barnes Map Library Company of Philadelphia


Plank Road and Harrowgate Land Company - 1857

“With private capital at that time a road was paved with planks on the banks of the Delaware River, which is now known as "Old Front Street" in Philadelphia. Led them north towards Frankford, which developed as major industrial region since the turn of the 19th century.. Only a year later (1858) opened the first horse tram with the Frankford and Southwark Passenger RR in Philadelphia. …The terrain of Harrowgate (present-day territory of Venango Street and Kensington Ave. between Kensington and Frankford), named after a sanatorium founded there in 1780. The small contact (20) and the unusually high share par value (1200 $) show that the company from the beginning wanted to have pretty solid group of shareholders.” (robot translation from German)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Midvale Steel Company - Nicetown - Philadelphia - 1902

American Iron Trade Manual – 1874

Typo, Eads Bridge 1874, still standing, crosses the Mississippi River at St. Louis Missouri – Bridge built  by Andrew Carnegie’s Keystone Bridge Company.

Van Nostrand’s Eclectic Engineering Magazine Volume XXI – 1879

Midvale’s steel provided to Brooklyn Bridge 1883 construction, contracted through Keystone Bridge Company. Cables on Brooklyn Bridge, steel cable provided by Roebling Steel, owned by architect of bridge.


Edison Electric Light - 904-910 Sansom Street Philadelphia 1889


Moyamensing Prison - 1889


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Salviati Mosaics from Saint James Church Installed in St Joan of Arc Church Harrowgate May 11, 1947

Philadelphia Inquirer May 11, 1947 - Page 13

From the demolished Saint James Episcopal Church at 22nd and Walnut Sts. Philadelphia, repurposed Salviati Mosaics May 11, 1947

Research above and photos in link below by Lou Gould. Much thanks Lou.