Philly Block Project

From mutual burial grounds to generating stations

June 27, 2016

Two River Wards loc­a­tions are one step closer to be­ing de­clared his­tor­ic sites.

EXCERPT: (Kenneth) Mil­ano’s in­terest in the his­tory of Kens­ing­ton and Fishtown some­times ex­tends in­to the realm of the des­ig­na­tion of his­tor­ic­al sites, as it has with the area loc­ated at 1838-1848 Frank­ford Ave.

For the past few months, Mil­ano’s in­terest in the piece of land led to an ap­plic­a­tion for his­tor­ic des­ig­na­tion and hear­ing be­fore the Phil­adelphia Histor­ic­al Com­mis­sion’s Com­mit­tee on His­tor­ic Des­ig­na­tion on Wed­nes­day June 15.

It passed the vote on Wed­nes­day and the ap­plic­a­tion will now move to a meet­ing of the full board of the His­tor­ic­al Com­mis­sion on Ju­ly 8…

…An­oth­er ap­plic­a­tion for his­tor­ic des­ig­na­tion that has made it to the next round of con­sid­er­a­tion is for the PECO Delaware Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion at 1325 Beach St., next to Penn Treaty Park.

The nom­in­a­tion was made by Stephanie Haller and Jill Bet­ters.

“While in­tern­ing two sum­mers ago,” Haller said, “I would take my lunch breaks in Penn Treaty Park. I had an in­stant curi­os­ity for this nearby aban­doned power plant and what its po­ten­tial pur­pose was for the Fishtown com­munity. After do­ing re­search, I found this build­ing is one of a trio, de­signed by Phil­adelphia nat­ive ar­chi­tect, John T. Windrim. Chester Sta­tion was nom­in­ated to the Re­gister of His­tor­ic Places, which served as in­spir­a­tion for why I chose to not only ad­mire but also nom­in­ate this ex­quis­ite piece of ar­chi­tec­ture that holds so much char­ac­ter and beauty.”

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