Posts Tagged ‘industrial history’

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

When Cattle Men Reigned In The West

November 21, 2016  |  Vantage

Livestock, slaughterhouses, and stock cars: these are the sights of West Philadelphia after the Civil War. Contributor Joshua Bevan introduces us to Irish immigrant cattle drover Dennis Smyth, a leading figure of the city's stockyard industry in the late 19th century > more

Writing Machines Made Here

Writing Machines Made Here

November 15, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow give us a classic example of adaptive reuse from the 1980s, when the residential conversion of an old typewriter factory in Logan Square led to a wave of new development > more

Potential Fossil Fuel Development At Southport Recalls Publicker Disaster

Potential Fossil Fuel Development At Southport Recalls Publicker Disaster

November 11, 2016  |  Soapbox

A Trump presidency is likely to push fossil fuel production and reduce environmental regulation, reasons to oppose turning Southport into a fossil fuel export hub, as some have proposed. Russell Zerbo, advocacy coordinator for Clean Air Council, says that for proof of why this is bad idea we need only look at the nearby Publicker Industries site, once the "most concentrated waste disaster in the Mid-Atlantic region" > more

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

Bookish Beginnings And A Bar Incognito At The Bird Building

July 29, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

Books, blouses, and a bashful bar build the fascinating backstory of the Bird Building in Chinatown > more

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

In West Kensington, A Primer On Early School Design

July 11, 2016  |  The Shadow Knows

The Shadow teaches us the origins of Philadelphia's educational architecture reform and the Samuel Sloan Plan with this stony schoolhouse at Cumberland and Hancock Streets > more