Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront
A highway through Philadelphia’s riverfront had been planned since the 1930s, but it wasn't until the late-1960s that I-95 began tearing a path through the corridor. Since then, Philadelphia has been stuck with this highway, which brutally severs the waterfront from the rest of the city and deprives citizens of the beautiful esplanade contemplated by William Penn.
Looking to your left, Stephen Girard's mansion was once about 200 feet ahead. There's no place to put a historical marker because the Interstate runs right through it.
Girard lived in this area for almost forty years. From his mansion's balcony, servants could see his fleet of ships coming upriver and bringing goods to Philadelphia from all over the world. This was how Girard made his fortune.