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"United States Mint, Northwest corner of Chestnut and Juniper Sts. Photograph by James E. McClees, 1855. (PhillyHistory.org/The Library Company of Philadelphia.)"

“United States Mint, Northwest corner of Chestnut and Juniper Sts. Photograph by James E. McClees, 1855. (PhillyHistory.org/The Library Company of Philadelphia.)”

  • Architect William Strickland’s Grecian columns used for his United States Mint at Chestnut & Juniper have been reutilized several times, says the Philly History Blog. Interestingly, the six columns’ wayward story parallels that of Philadelphia architecture in general, from its days of ambitious homage to the grandeur of the Athenian Empire, to the preference of a space’s continued economic utility over its history, to its current penchant towards preservation. This past spring, the columns were once again taken from storage to be reused, gracing North Broad’s Einstein Medical Center.
  • Arriving back in Philly after a trip to Toronto, Eyes on the Street editor Ashley Hahn offers a few suggestions for improving the Philadelphia streetscape: 1) foot pedal operated trash cans, 2) a municipal compost pickup service, 3) detailed development proposals (to be posted 10 days prior to a civic meeting), 4) “Public Message Centres,” a means of alleviating bandit signage, and 5) more creative street vendor stand designs.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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