Archive for Harry K’s Encyclopedia

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

August 26, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Imagine if the papal visit and World Meeting of Families lasted four whole months. Harry K takes us inside the Union Tabernacle revival tent, where Protestant ministers and true believers spiritualized the city from several neighborhood locations in the mid-1800s > more

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

August 7, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The equestrian statue of Civil War general George Meade sits neglected and mostly ignored behind the Please Touch Museum in West Fairmount Park. Efforts are underway to convince Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to relocate the impressive bronze memorial to a more prominent location > more

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