They’re not robber baron estates, but since the 1980s Italian-American families from South Philly have been proving their place in the community by building mini-mansions (sometimes on little streets). At the very core, these mini-mansions are symbols of a multi-generational commitment to their neighborhood and city.
Most of them occupy multiple parcels. Some feel a little South Jersey, others like they were born from trips to Naples, Palermo, or Rome. Quite a few are proudly contemporary.
The 1000 block of Cross Street, just steps from Passyunk Avenue, boasts not one or two, but three mini-mansions, the eclectic residences owned by the descendents of immigrants who arrived here more than a century ago.