Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011), Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012) and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), 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 2700 titles new and old.
The Brock Building on Delaware Avenue was thought to be the oldest known surviving cast iron building in the nation until its demolition in the late 1970s. Located where the 252-unit residential project, One Water Street, is currently being built, arches and elements of the structure's historic façade were salvaged by two local architects, much of which now belongs to the Smithsonian. Harry K. gets heavy with this story of safe keeping and the city's 19th century cast iron craze > more
The strip mall on the north side of Spring Garden Street between Third and Fourth Streets doesn't carry much of a pulse these days. Harry K. says almost 200 years ago this sleepy spot was a hotbed of Quaker dissent and where the first major schism within the Religious Society of Friends originated > more
The bright, recently-installed LED sign on top of the Lit Brothers building is already firing up disapproval among local residents. Harry K. says the conflict is nothing compared to the bell ringing quarrel of 1876, when half the city appeared to be involved in silencing the bells of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Rittenhouse Square > more
Crude oil train accidents are happening all over the country at an alarming rate. As 160,000 barrels move through Philadelphia daily, many worry that a disaster is going to happen sooner than later. Harry K put an eye on present day concerns about the oil trains running along the Schuylkill River East Side Railroad and looks at the tragic accident of 1900 inside Fairmount Park Tunnel > more
A new public observation deck is opening this summer on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place and Harry K. couldn't be more pleased. Join him in the glass elevator to the top of the old Penn Mutual building as he evokes the Spirit of '76 > more