Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

    Harry profpic 200x200
    25 Jan 2016
    Clock 40min      Length2mi
    8 ratings

    Arch Street & Smythe Store's Building

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    On your right is Arch Street. Another set of Penn Steps once led down to the Delaware River here.

    Stop on the corner, and look up at the tall building with the columns along its facade, to your right. That's the Smythe's Stores building, named after department store proprietor Samuel Smythe.

    This was built in the 1850s, and is one of the finest examples of 19th century cast-iron architecture in the country.

    Interestingly, the building's central section was removed in 1913 to allow for a trolley turnabout. It was reproduced in fiberglass in the early 1980s when the building was converted to luxury apartments. A sign here on the corner explains this some more. See if you can figure out which columns are fiberglass and which are original cast iron.

    When you're finished, carry on walking straight along Front Street.

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