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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.

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly's Paint King And His Irish Lass

Secrets! Romance! Scandal! The Hush-Hush Love Of Philly’s Paint King And His Irish Lass

December 8, 2017  |  History

Harry K. takes us to Old City where the flames of a secret affair scorched newspaper headlines in the early 1900s > more

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

Ury House Demo In The 1970s Erased Oldest Home In PA

October 25, 2017  |  Preservation

Did Philly allow one of the oldest dwellings in Pennsylvania to be destroyed in the 1970s? Harry K. has this cautionary tale for a redeveloping city with a poor preservation scorecard and a history of demolition > more

The True Center Of The City Revealed

The True Center Of The City Revealed

October 13, 2017  |  History

City Hall may be the "heart" of Philadelphia, but an unassuming corner in North Philly is the true center of the city. Harry K. explores the evolution of Penn's greene country towne and how Philadelphia has a history of being the center of attention > more

Inside Northeast Philly's Temple Of Ryerss

Inside Northeast Philly’s Temple Of Ryerss

September 19, 2017  |  History

Harry K. takes us on a fall field trip to the Ryerss Mansion, an eccentric, little-known house museum in the Great Northeast > more

The Thrill Is Gone: On Leaving The Waterfront Behind

The Thrill Is Gone: On Leaving The Waterfront Behind

August 1, 2017  |  History

Harry K. says goodbye to his longtime home on the Delaware River to resettle in the wilds of the Philadelphia suburbs. As he leaves he turns a wary eye to the new Penn's Landing plan after watching two decades of grand waterfront proposals go down the drain > more