Sunday, September 28, 2008

Then and Now: Southeast Corner of 9th and South, Philadelphia


This is the first of a series of then and now montages that I hopefully will be presenting regularly. This first one, generously made possible by, shows the southeast corner of 9th and South Streets. The buildings on the corner stand essentially as they did half a century ago, the only significant changes being the loss of architectural detail on their facades - especially apparent on the building on the very left and the little row house just off the corner, which has unfortunately lost its cornice and part of the original storefront. Also noteworthy is the disappearance of the trolley wire and tracks.

Finally, it would be wrong for me not to give enormous thanks to Spacing Montréal for providing the inspiration for this feature. It's beyond cool - check it out.

Original Image: McWhorter, John. “Public Works-42652-12.” 1954. Philadelphia City Archives. Philadelphia Department of Records. 27 Sep. 2008.