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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.

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

November 4, 2015  |  History

Harry K climbs the mountainous Terminal Commerce Building at Broad and Callowhill Streets to deliver this 360 degree view of the industrial giant > more

In Celebration of

In Celebration of “Ciao Philadelphia,” A Look At Italian Immigrant Heritage of Pier 19

October 19, 2015  |  History

Long before Dave and Buster's brought cheese fries and air hockey to the Delaware River, Pier 19 was a central hub for ferry service, maritime commerce, and Italian immigration. Harry K. ties off the mooring line and brings the history of this dynamic landing ashore > more

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

August 26, 2015  |  History

Imagine if the papal visit and World Meeting of Families lasted four whole months. Harry K takes us inside the Union Tabernacle revival tent, where Protestant ministers and true believers spiritualized the city from several neighborhood locations in the mid-1800s > more

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

August 7, 2015  |  History

The equestrian statue of Civil War general George Meade sits neglected and mostly ignored behind the Please Touch Museum in West Fairmount Park. Efforts are underway to convince Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to relocate the impressive bronze memorial to a more prominent location > more

Salvaging The City's Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

Salvaging The City’s Cast Iron Past With Traces Of The Brock Building

June 15, 2015  |  History

The Brock Building on Delaware Avenue was thought to be the oldest known surviving cast iron building in the nation until its demolition in the late 1970s. Located where the 252-unit residential project, One Water Street, is currently being built, arches and elements of the structure's historic façade were salvaged by two local architects, much of which now belongs to the Smithsonian. Harry K. gets heavy with this story of safe keeping and the city's 19th century cast iron craze > more