Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011) and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2000 titles new and old.
In light of the building collapse at 22nd & Market Streets, Harry K. gives us his personal recollections of Pier 34 South collapse back in 2000, complete with a similar story of a property owner's disregard for safety and the ineptitude of construction managers > more
Harry K gives us the history of the Paine's Park site, once an industrial area along the Schuylkill River's eastern bank that was filled with manufacturing facilities, including the electrical generating plant of the Hestonville, Mantua & Fairmount Passenger Railway, later taken over by the Philadelphia Electric Company > more
Though not as mysterious as the long lost Indian Pole, the figure of Diana has been watching the entranceway of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from her perch above the Great Stair Hall for the past eighty years. Harry K tells the story of the statue that got away from New York > more
On the anniversary of its dedication, Harry K laments the loss of the extraordinary Odd Fellows Temple, lost in 2008 to the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center > more
Harry K. takes a look at 807 Walnut Street, once a popular place of entertainment that, sadly, saw much death and destruction in the second half of the nineteenth century, and which, as a parking lot today, offers nothing to commend itself > more