Buildings Now and Then

Jan. 27, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year Was the Philadelphia African American Museum Founded?


If you answered B, you're right! Founded in 1976, the Philadelphia African American Museum, which sits at the corner of 7th and Arch Street, uses a variety of exhibitions and programs to share the histories, stories and cultures of those of African descent. 

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May 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: Which Philly Building had Running Water & Indoor Plumbing Before the White House?

If you said B, you're right! While we now consider Eastern State Penitentiary as a historic (and kind of spooky) place, it  was once considered ahead of its time, with running water and indoor plumbing before the White House! 

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Aug. 15, 2017

Buildings Then and Now: Unfinished business in the sky above 52nd Street

By Mattie Stringer

After the completion of the Market Street El in 1907, commerce exploded along 52nd Street near Market and beyond, and the area eventually became known as “The Strip” for its lively stores, bustling restaurants and thriving nightlife. In 1910, the properties at 17-23 S. 52nd St., which ...

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Nov. 25, 2014

MM Partners to refresh Bornot dye plant in Spring Garden with mixed-use development

The old home of A.F. Bornot, French Dyer and Scourer, at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue today. Photo by the author.

By Matty Stringer

Did Brewerytown developer MMPartners rummage through the archives of mysterious Philaphile architectural blogger GroJLart in its search for fine old buildings to develop? It might ...

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Nov. 18, 2014

Buildings Now and Then: "Port Fishington" cop shop, once home to horses and hoodlums, now houses residents

2136 E. Dauphin St. in 2014. Photo by the author.

By Matty Stringer

In the last half of this decade, Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood has witnessed a dramatic turnaround much like its neighbor to the southwest, Northern Liberties, experienced in the previous decade. Perhaps no building symbolizes it more ...

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