Greater Center City’s Growth Spurt Continues

 

“The view of the Center City skyline from R2L. Philadelphia now ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to people who live in the heart of the city.” | Photo: Hillary Petrozziello, for The Inquirer

“The view of the Center City skyline from R2L. Philadelphia now ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to people who live in the heart of the city.” | Photo: Hillary Petrozziello, for The Inquirer

  • The Philly History Blog’s Steven Ujifusa considers the history of Philadelphia shipping tycoon Stephen Girard’s Gentilhommiere, the “Gentleman’s Home” that would lend a name to the neighborhood that surrounds it at 22nd & Skunk Streets. From its days as an unassuming gentleman’s farm in the marshy village of Passyunk, to the scene of a gruesome mafia hit in 1981, Ujifusa shows us that there is more history to be had in the Girard Estates than we may at first concede.
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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.

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