The Royal Theater 1524 South St. Peregrine Arts began its much heralded Hidden City program last night, kicking open the doors of the long shuttered Royal Theater at 1524 South Street for the first audience the space has seen in nearly 39 years. Composer Todd Reynolds studied the people, places and history of the old […]Read more "Sounds for the New Royality"
[MARKER TO THE ‘MADDEST OF GOOD MEN’] For Nick Bucci rationality has its limits. Far from a sleight, this is an adequate description of his epistomological way. “Are you interested in the magic?” he asked me last week at the Tercentennial of the settlement of the 17th century mystic and Pietist botanist, astronomer, poet, agriculturalist, […]Read more "“Weird as a wizard”: Notes from Kelpius’s Cave"
Posters on this site have left comments about idyllic days spent in pre-redevelopment Eastwick. These are some concrete remains of this anomalously interracial community: a church known recently as the St. Paul AME and a two story single-family home on the opposite sides of now-defunct 86th St. and Bartram Ave. Much of the grid system […]Read more "Ruins of Old Eastwick"
PGW_From_Passyunk_Ave_Bridge Taken with a Nikon L35 AF and developed via GIMP. See this earlier post for more on the Philadelphia Gas Works at Point Breeze.Read more "Philadelphia Gas Works from Passyunk Ave. Bridge"
Follow the jump to see more pictures.Read more "A Walk Across Arsenal Railroad Bridge"
[H.P.F.S. PUMPING STATION — DELAWARE AVE. AND RACE ST.] On March 17, 1900 Philadelphia’s center city business elites balked at the news that two New York fire insurance companies, the Home Insurance Company of New York and the Williamsburg City Insurance Company were instructing their underwriters to stop issuing fire insurance policies to Philadelphia businesses […]Read more "“It will burn for a mile”: Fire Insurance and the Origins of the High Pressure Fire Service"