If You Are A Philadelphia Local You Should Know These Facts

If You Are A Philadelphia Local You Should Know These Facts

Hi, Damon Massado here, I am new to the Mickey Pascarella Team, but not new to our beautiful city of Philadelphia. Neither is our diverse team. We did a little bit of research and as a team came up with our favorite little known facts about Philadelphia.

-Philly was home to the first 8-story office building (the Jayne Building)
-The Wood Street steps date back to the lifetime of William Penn and are the only remaining relic from that time period.
-There were once a set of public steps at every half-block along the waterfront. Many survived before being replaced by I-95. Technically, the law made in 1684 to create those steps is still on the books, so in theory there should be public access to the waterfront every half-block.
-There was once a natural spring at what is now 314 S. 2nd Street. It was called Bathsheba's Baths. A water pump at 2nd and Spruce drew water from it until the late 1800's.
-What we now call University City was once a whole other town called Hamilton Village.
-The addresses of all buildings were changed to the current unit block system in 1858-- making it a hard to research any building from before that year. No full conversion table of the old vs. new addresses exists, but some partial lists were made.
-Until the street names were finally standardized in the early 20th Century, many different streets in different parts of the city had the same name with the same address numbers.
-City Hall has 88 million bricks.
-Fairmount Park was created in part to keep the Schuylkill River from getting too polluted. In those days, the Delaware was so polluted that paint would peel off ship's hulls.
-There is a concourse between the 30th Street "L" station and 30th Street Station. It was sealed because of criminal activity. You can see it in the 1981 film "Blow Out".
-There is a subway interchange built into the Snyder stop on the Broad Street line, meant to connect to a Snyder Avenue subway that was never built.
-There was once a three-tiered elevated highway proposed to replace Sansom Street in Center City. The first level was going to be parking, the second for buses and taxis, the third for regular traffic.
-The Centre Square buildings were originally going to have a stainless steel facade, but was changed at the last minute to the dirty concrete one it has now.
-There were movements to demolish City Hall in both the 1920's and 1950's.
-The little building that holds the Mace Crossing's Pub is the only structure that survived the construction of the Ben Franklin Parkway.
-Ben Franklin Parkway was originally planned to be lined with buildings holding all the city's colleges and universities, along with every museum and an Episcopal Cathedral.-Frank Rizzo hated Richardson Dilworth so much that he didn't even invite his family to the dedication of Dilworth Plaza. Rizzo's statue looks away from the plaza on purpose.

That's it for now! Hope you enjoyed reading these as much as we enjoyed putting them together!


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  1. John Livio

    Thank you. very interesting

    Dec.02.2014

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