Archive for Harry K’s Encyclopedia

Salvaging The City's Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

Salvaging The City’s Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

June 15, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Rowdy Meetinghouse On Green Street Divides Quakers

Rowdy Meetinghouse On Green Street Divides Quakers

May 8, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

For Whom The Bells Toll: The People Vs. Saint Mark's Episcopal

For Whom The Bells Toll: The People Vs. Saint Mark’s Episcopal

April 10, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

A Disaster Waiting To Happen? Oil Trains And The Collision at Fairmount Park Tunnel

March 23, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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 View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

A View Of The Bicentennial From The Top Of Penn Mutual

February 4, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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