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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.

When Voting Was A Public Act

When Voting Was A Public Act

October 23, 2012  |  History

Free men of the Northern Liberties could go to Commissioners' Hall to place their ballot. Harry K traces the history back two centuries > more

On Front Street, Digging Through Time

On Front Street, Digging Through Time

October 17, 2012  |  History

Ever wondered what stories lie beneath your feet? Harry K goes digging for Front Street history. What does he find? Intrigue and espionage during the Revolution, buried creeks, and possibly, buried pirate treasure > more

On The Anniversary Of Bacon's Death, Harry Remembers

On The Anniversary Of Bacon’s Death, Harry Remembers

October 15, 2012  |  Urbanism

The most prized items in Harry K's 2,000+ item collection on Philadelphia? His signed copied of the 1964 Time Magazine with Bacon on the cover and his copy of the The Design of Cities > more

As Athens Burns In Protest, Reminders Of Greek Philadelphia

As Athens Burns In Protest, Reminders Of Greek Philadelphia

September 28, 2012  |  History

No city embraced the architecture of Ancient Greece as much as Philadelphia in the first half of the 19th century. Harry K traces Philadelphia's Greek connection through two Protestant churches in Washington Square built as Greek temples. One of them later became a Greek immigrant church, St. Georges, where the author was baptized > more

File Under: Lost Francisville

File Under: Lost Francisville

September 18, 2012  |  History

On a triangular parcel of William Penn's old vineyard now seeing townhouse construction, Harry K unveils lost industrial history: the story of Philadelphia's Swiss-born pocket watch case king > more