Toward the very end of my research, I cam across two street markets constructed in the Kensington section of Philadelphia (north of Northern Liberties). These markets are the more recent amongst the markets I discovered. Being of latter origin, their construction, much like their contemporaries on Callowhill and Bainbridge; are rather ramshackle and are made of less permanent materials such as wood and tin. The markets failed to produce lasting footprint on the streetscapes due to their positioning on already wide streets (as seen in the Hexamer Insurance maps below).
The first market depicted below is the market located at Girard and Montgomery (Franklin) streets.
The lower market is located at Girard and Shackamaxon Streets.
Benjerman Evan's watercolor of the market at Girard and Franklin Aves. Dated 1883.
With the image comes the following description:
In this scene Girard Avenue is divided by a one-storey wooden building which appears to be a market shed. The upper stories of red brick buildings can be seen behind it. They house the following buisinesses: "A. L. Flue, Excelsior Range" (which also advertised heaters) and "A. W. Paulsworth, Flour." The side of the largest building holds advetisements for "National Horse Shoe" and "Smiths Pat. Milk Cans." On the corner, facing both Franklin and Girard, are one-storey wooden buildings housing: "Goodenough and Seeley" (which had a horseshoe depicted in the sign); "Thomas Miller" (an unspecified business) housed in #714; and "Tamous" (sic) a restaurant selling oysters and "fine stew 15 cents." A #2 horsecar is at the right margin, traveling along Franklin Street. The words "Richmond" and "North Penn" are painted on its side. Two horsecars travel on Girard Avenue. One bears both numbers 2 and 4 and the words "Girard Ave" and "Park." In the background is the steeple of an unidentified church.
The photo can be located at the Library Company of Philadelphia; call number: P.2298.132.
|Above: Hexamer Insurance map showing the location of Girard and Franklin Streets market. Made of wood, according to the color yellow - a temporary structure. Available at Free Library.
Below: Photo showing the market at Girard and Shackamaxon Streets in Kensington.
Photo from the Free Lbrary Images collections; "markets" requested file.