Hidden City Daily’s coverage of the Buck Hosiery building fire


Passing the Buck
Under the El in Philadelphia, the owners of the former Thomas Buck Hosiery, one of the last great textile mills, fail to protect their property–or pay their taxes.


Buck Hosiery Burns, Two Firefighters Killed
The absentee landlord failed to secure the building, with tragic but predictable results.  A massive fire early this morning in Kensington has claimed the lives of two fire fighters and destroyed the former Thomas W. Buck Hosiery Co. building on the corner of York and Jasper Streets.

Heartache and Violence
“It really could be something,” said the former owner of the Buck Hosiery building that burned Monday in Philadelphia. Now, four years later, with that building and several others now gone, Nathaniel Popkin laments Philadelphia’s failure to protect its neighborhood and industrial architecture.

As The Smoke Clears in Kensington, The City Reflects
A special roundup of news items from other publishers concerning the devastating Thomas Buck Hosiery fire in Kensington, Philadelphia, which killed two.
In The Fire’s Aftermath, Fear and Uncertainty Linger
Ryan Briggs has more on the owners of Buck Hosiery in Philadelphia and speaks to neighborhood leaders, renovators, and residents, who fear another fire. Time to rethink the way protect these kinds of buildings–they are assets for our future.
On Buck Owners: “It Was All A Great Swindle”
Artist Mat Tomezsko’s experience with Michael Lichtenstein, owner of Buck Hosiery, is more insight into the dubious and careless business practices that led to Monday’s fire

Let’s Get To Work 
If we want buildings like Buck Hosiery to be assets rather than catastrophic liabilities then we need to create preservation tools for workplaces, mills, and factories. With another historically important mill sitting vulnerable across the street, the imperative is now, says Nathaniel Popkin

R.I.P., Buck, From Your Neighbor Viking Mills
With a vigil for the lost and injured firefighters and neighborhood scheduled for Sunday at 6PM, we send this offering of love