Farewell To Giovanni’s Room

 

giovannis_citypaper

  • Giovanni’s Room, the iconic LBGT bookstore at 12th & Pine, will close its doors on Saturday. City Paper looks back at the legacy of the space, whose literature bolstered the ascendant Gay Rights and provided a haven and support structure during the early days of HIV. The market has certainly changed since Giovanni’s first opened in 1976. “There aren’t enough radically queer, unassimilated folks to sustain the place. But for some, at least, Giovanni’s Room has served until its end as Philly’s island of normalized otherness in a ‘Gayborhood’ now populated by artisanal gelato vendors and trend-chasing wine bars.”
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced the closing of their Center City office at 900 Market Street, choosing instead to move their resources to the Federal Records Center in Northeast Philadelphia. This doesn’t sit well with the Independence Hall Association (IHA), who criticize the move to a location “totally inaccessible by public transportation, [where it will] severely limit these activities, potentially having a catastrophic impact on the success of the program – and the education of Philadelphia’s youth, who have already suffered at the hand of state budget cuts and teacher and staff layoffs.” IHA has created a petition to keep NARA’s Center City location open. View and sign it HERE.
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

Bancroft Green Gives An Old Church New Purpose In Mt. Airy

March 22, 2019  |  News

Contributor Virginia Lindak takes us out to Northwest Philadelphia where an eco-minded development firm is giving Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church a new lease on life > more

Unlisted Philadelphia: Banca Bozzelli

Unlisted Philadelphia: Banca Bozzelli

March 20, 2019  |  Unlisted Philadelphia

Ben Leech spotlights unique and significant buildings not listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places with his architectural illustration series, Unlisted Philadelphia. In this installment, a priceless Italian-American landmark in the heart of Bella Vista. > more

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

Real Estate Brochure For Vacant School Sounds Alarms in Germantown

March 19, 2019  |  News

Neighbors rally around Germantown High School after a real estate listing revealed potential redevelopment plans. Emily Birdy Busch has the news > more

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

Piecing Together The Lost History Of Wirt & Knox

March 14, 2019  |  Vantage

Rob Masciantonio tracks down the elusive origins of an abandoned factory in Strawberry Mansion > more

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

Interior Of 30th Street Station To Be Considered For Historic Designation

March 11, 2019  |  News

Starr Herr-Cardillo has this roundup of local register nominations on the agenda at the March meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Designation Committee > more

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City's Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

Op-Ed: Streamlining The City’s Preservation Procedures Would Benefit All

March 8, 2019  |  Soapbox

In this opinion piece Kenny Grono shares his perspective as a general contractor and remodeling specialist with a few ideas on how the City can untangle the red tape that undermines historic preservation > more