6 1878 Church of the Redeemer – Library of Congress (c1961)

January 19, 2014 | by Harry Kyriakodis

The 1878 Church of the Redeemer, designed by Frank Furness and no longer standing. | Library of Congress.

About the Author

Harry Kyriakodis Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011), Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012) and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2700 titles new and old.

One Comment:

  1. Brayton Harris says:

    With the assistance of Annabelle Dilworth and the Fidelity Bank I bought it from the Owen Wister Trust in 1968 for $14,500 (fully financed, no down payment). At the time, with financial help from family and friends, I owned five small apartment houses in Society Hill, being upgraded with “urban renewal” financing . . . I was then a commander in the Navy stationed at the Naval Base, but planning to leave, to run my real estate “empire” and live in the main room of the church (turn attached structures into town houses) and follow my alternate career of writing books.

    Well, the Navy twisted my arm, “We need you!” and so forth. OK, it’s nice to be asked. I sold the church two months later (to Max Rabb of “Villager” fame) for $29,000. He was thinking of setting up a movie studio; “Villager” fell on hard times, he took a temporary pass (sold the church and became a big-time movie producer, i.e. “A Clockwork Orange, but in Hollywood).

    I . . . stayed with the Navy, retired as a captain in 1978, followed with political appointments in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations and authored, co-authored, ghosted, or edited some 32 books . . . and counting.

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