My Favorite Place: 800 Block of N. Orkney

 

About the author

Meredith Nutting is a freelance filmmaker originally from the DC Metro Area. Since finishing her Biology/Studio Art degree at Bates College she has worked on film productions for National Geographic, History Channel and Animal Planet.



5 Comments


    • I was president of Northern Liberties Neighbors Association at the time of the city-wide process to historically certify streets, and surveyed the entire neighborhood in search of street-paving treasures. It was a wonderful adventure! Tiny Myrtle Street, with its rate blue-glazed blocks, and the contiguous 800 block of North Orkney and 400 block of Reno Streets were all included in the Northern Liberties designees. However, in my opinion, the greatest of our historic street pavings currently lies entombed in asphalt…the stretch of tiny Culvert aka St. John Neumann Way as it passes by The Sawtooth Houses. It’s my theory that the view of the original paving combined with the sawtooth design was the inspiration for the great Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute. As a child, Kahn grew up on the streets of Northern Liberties. I wrote this theory for the Northern Liberties section of “The East Philadelphia Sun”, a free monthly, circa 1993. Northern Liberties is a true American treasure trove!

  1. Does she keep saying “North” Liberties?

  2. how do I get to do one of these? awesome

  3. Very beautiful to see this little video featured here at Hidden City. My former partner Mike and I independently discovered the wild-and-wooly Northern Liberties of the ’70’s, and combined our passions at the spot where the vid’s creator was trying to look over the great brick wall we built out of salvaged bricks, stones, and the great wooden doors from 3rd & Brown. Mike & I loved Orkney, and his talent for real estate acquisition combined with my backbone to not only transform little Orkney Street, but preserve it’s green nature…which was somewhat astounding when we first set eyes on it. The structure of the nature has changed, but it’s so very wonderful to know that the magic remains in hearts other than ours. Many many stories here… The 800 block of North Orkney provided the nature resource I needed to fight mammoth civic battles that helped set the stage for the Northern Liberties of today. Liberty Lands would never have happened, if not for the magic of Orkney…and on and on. I created a little documentary a year ago, after a massive assault on our urban forest by yet another wayward “neighbor”…a sickening syndrome that’s dropped one massive bomb after another on our efforts. This civic undertoe is yet another of the chains that holds Philly back.

Trackbacks

  1. Lunchtime Quick Hits | Philadelphia Real Estate Blog
  2. The Remarkably Long Journey To Bart | Hidden City Philadelphia

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

 

Recent Posts
Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

Another Apartment Tower Announced For East Market

August 25, 2016  |  Morning Blend

DC-based company envisions 21-story tower at 1199 Ludlow, Logan neighborhood plan approved, Philly’s love and hate relationship with Dîner en Blanc, and new law to make recreation spaces more inclusive > more

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

Community Meeting Reveals Widespread Indignation With Jewelers Row Demolition

August 24, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Jewelers bemoan Toll Brothers plan, bowling lanes and movie screens coming to Canal Street entertainment district, ethnic masses sustaining several former Catholic parish churches, keeping libraries relevant, and an auto-garage conversion on North Broad > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

Unlisted Philadelphia: Substation #7

August 23, 2016  |  Vantage

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. With this installment, an electrical substation in Art Deco disguise > more

Don't Move Frank, Says Smerconish

Don’t Move Frank, Says Smerconish

August 22, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Smerconish defends Rizzo statue, gauging South Philadelphians’ opinion on South Broad median parking, and 23 units envisioned for St. Laurentius > more

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

Razing A City In Haste: The Lesson Of The Horn Building

August 22, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow takes a look at indiscriminate demolition and the state of preservation in Philadelphia from the windows of the Horn Building > more

Averting Demolition, First African Baptist Church Properties To Become Condos

Averting Demolition, First African Baptist Church Properties To Become Condos

August 19, 2016  |  Morning Blend

GHo church building to be reused as condos, Dranoff property’s public art installed, Chinese Cultural Center prepped for resale and resuse, how to retain Philly millennials, and City Hall courtyard becomes beer garden > more