Archive for Harry K’s Encyclopedia

Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor's Guide

Fairmount Park Guard Houses: A Survivor’s Guide

July 29, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust is busy restoring the few of these uniquely Philadelphia buildings that remain. Harry K tells us why they're important and where to find them > more

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

A Century Ago, A Series Of Skews And Slants For Streets

July 10, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. investigates the rationale and planning for Benjamin Franklin Parkway over a century ago, as well as a series of other unrealized diagonal streets that were proposed, in a calculated, efficient way, to add European sophistication and cultural grandeur to the city > more

Logan Square, Lincoln & The Great Sanitary Fair of 1864

Logan Square, Lincoln & The Great Sanitary Fair of 1864

June 20, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

150 years ago, while the Civil War raged, Philadelphians attended the Great Sanitary Fair on Logan Square to support the troops. Harry K takes a look at the event, which raised more than a million dollars and helped pave the way for the Centennial Exposition of 1876 > more

Delaware Valley, U.S.A.

Delaware Valley, U.S.A.

June 9, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Last fall, Econsult's Steve Mullin launched a campaign to do away with the "Delaware Valley" regional nickname. Here, Harry K. investigates the decentralized term and finds an unlikely source: our paper of record > more

Of Safe Houses and Cod Liver Oil: Sad Ol' Wallace Street In Northern Liberties

Of Safe Houses and Cod Liver Oil: Sad Ol’ Wallace Street In Northern Liberties

May 22, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

This week, the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association approved the redevelopment of the former Wampole Pharmaceutical Company factory at Fourth and Wallace Streets. But Harry K says there's more to the story about this forgotten block. He lays it out here > more