This website aims to explore and decipher the history of three properties in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These properties, 2101 Walnut Street and 784-86 South Front Street were first established in the 18th century and continue to contribute to the history of Philadelphia today. A great knowledge of the city can be gained by just comparing these two sites. 784-6 South Front Street began its existence in the most central, populated area of Philadelphia only more recently to be considered an area on the periphery of downtown. Through the exaggerated decayed view that Taylor presents of 21st and Walnut we can see that it was once considered a run-down and sparse area of town. Today, the site is within Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square District--one of the most prosperous areas of the city. These two sites represent the changing streetscape of a great American city throughout three centuries.
University of Pennsylvania HSPV 600: Alexis Stephens and Maria Dayton