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The Physick House in Society Hill

The Physick House located at 321 S. 4th Street in Society Hill is a historical mansion from the late 18th century was home to Philip Syng Physick. He was a Philadelphia born American physician. In 1793 as the Yellow Fever epidemic swept through Philadelphia, Dr. Physick stuck around to treat victims. He has been called “the father of American surgery”.  In the late 1960’s the house was restored and donated to the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. Today this mansion remains a National Historic Landmark and serves as a museum to locals and tourists. The house even has a garden that replicates one from the 19th century.

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This month the Physick House is opening its doors and inviting the public in for fun and games. Starting on Thursday October 10th, you can join your neighbors for wine and beer tasting from 5:30-8pm. Music, food and raffle opportunities will be available. Tickets are $30 and proceeds help support the ‘Restore the Roof’ campaign. Another benefit is 50% of admission is tax deductible.

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On Thursday October 23rd through Saturday the 26th , get your Halloween on with the Physick House. Join in for ‘History, Mystery and Murder Drama’. Starting at 8pm, a walking performance will take you through the house of history. Tickets are $30. Whether your ears perk up with beer or maybe mystery’s are more your kind, the Physick House is sure to show you a good time!

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A Proposed Modern Look for Society Hill’s Historical District

Mother Bethel seems to be the talk around town lately. In Society Hill‘s historical district of Philadelphia, one can walk on cobble stone streets while admiring the redbrick row homes that house years of history for Philadelphia. Historic Mother Bethel AME Church which sits at 6th and Lombard street may soon have neighbors.

An apartment building is being proposed to occupy the parking lot space at 6th and Addison. Although this six unit, four story apartment building would bring in new residents, it also would be constructed under modern design. The exterior of gray brick and stucco with large, overhanging bay windows would be quite the black sheep in this redbrick historical area. Neighbors and Society Hill Civic Association’s Zoning and Historical Preservation Committee members have voiced concerns for this project. Many feel that the point of having a historical district is to have the community’s support for respecting the historical landmarks and structures in the community.

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To top off the design, the new building’s air conditioning compressors would be facing into the stained glass windows of Mother Bethel. Rev. Mark Tyler held a prayer vigil recently asking that the commission follow the right path and preserve historical integrity. Hoping the prayer would lead to better judgement. These land owners must not be from Philadelphia.. or maybe its a lack of history appreciation. All we know is that Mother Bethel deserves some sunlight through their stained glass windows, not a rumbling AC shadow.

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Dig Discovery at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

Located on 6th Street between Pine and Lombard, in Society Hill, Mother Bethel and the African Methodist Episcopal Church holds history dating back to the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. This church was originally built on land first purchased in 1791 by freed slave Richard Allen with the support of several founding fathers.

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The church once owned a cemetery that is now the site of Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village. The cemetery land was in active use from about 1810 until about 1868. Initially purchased by Richard Allen, it was eventually acquired by the city and has served largely as a playground for more than a century. Recently, there have been proposed plans to update and renovate the park, making necessary changes for the community’s safety. In order for renovations to take place, an underground examination must be completed. Reports estimate that the shared land holds more than 2,000 burial sites a mere 2 1/2 feet below the playground surface. 

This all came to light last month when the headstone of Amelia Brown was found among top soil while conducting the land dig. For more than a century and today, families enjoy all the playground has to offer including full sized tennis courts, community activities and a full playground. This issue has become a fine line of preserving history while making necessary renovations to the playground.

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After finding the tombstone, it was displayed for church members to see at worship. Mostly, they appreciated learning about the church and burial ground history. The Church is actively working several of the groups involved in the excavation and research to ensure this important part of the its and the City’s history is preserved for future generations.

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Back to School

The month of August signals one thing for kids; summer is ending. This phrase ‘Back to School’ means more than just backpacks and books. Clean up days are held to involve the neighborhood in cleaning our local schools. This year McCall Elementary School in Society Hill will hold two clean up days before the start of school on September 9th. Monday August 19th (12-4:30pm and/or 5:30-9pm) and Tuesday August 27th (8am-12pm and/or 12:30-5pm and/or 5:30-9pm). Efforts will include light cleaning, outdoor gardening, floor refurbishing and more. Lunch and/or dinner will be provided for volunteers who participate all day. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and help kids stay healthy and safe.

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The neighborhood may change but the issues remain the same. Funding for our schools has been a hot topic over the years. Especially the talk this year of budget cuts again. East Passyunk Crossing has created a committee of community members and parents to focus on supporting Southwark Elementary School through various projects like tutoring, fundraising and providing school supplies. They have implemented a campaign in order to raise funds for these kids. The EPX Back2School Campaign is urging our city to help these kids start their school year with a full backpack of supplies. Donating $10 gives a child crayons and markers. Donating $30 fills their backpack with all the supplies needed while $50 gives two school uniforms. 100% of these proceeds will go towards supplies and uniforms needed for children at Southwark Elementary School.

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Summer Farmer Markets

This coming weekend and until the first Saturday in November you can find fresh produce and meats at the South and Passyunk Farmers Market. Saturday’s from 10am-2pm you can shop the streets among local farm and food vendors. From cheese to berries, find favorites such as Frecon Farms, Wagner Farmstead and Lanci Bakery.

If you always seem to be tied up on Saturdays, stroll on over to Headhouse Square in Society Hill. Now with more than 40 vendors, this farmers market has been growing each year since 2007. Seeds, herbs, ice cream and coffee are among the variety you can find on Sunday’s from 10am-2pm. Mark it on your calendars as this farmers market is present each Sunday in Headhouse Square until October 27th.

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New Condos In Society Hill

 

Traditionally suburban home developer Toll Brothers–of Naval Square fame–has set its sights on Society Hill, with a 69 unit, 68 feet tall condo unit by Headhouse Square, in the NewMarket site, as Plan Philly reports. With red brick and limestone wainscoting, this structure is deeply respectful of its historic surroundings.

Designed and contracted in-house, this project will also feature a small public space on the Headhouse Square side. Take a look at the renders and see for yourself.

Nevertheless, some near neighbors remain opposed to the structure: parking and sunlight issues have been brought up. Considering the rather vexed history of this site, we here are crossing our fingers and hoping everything gets worked out, and they are allowed to build.

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Philadelphia New Homes For Sale – 11.27.12 (Bella Vista, Queen Village, East Passyunk, Pennsport)

Here below are all new listings updated to the MLS for the past seven days. Zip codes focused on are 19106, 19107, 19147, and 19148. If you have any questions or comments about the information listed below, please feel free to call Larry Levin at 267.808.6565       

(source: TREND MLS; Courtesy of Larry Levin)      

 

Address and Neighborhood Bedrooms Bathrooms List Price Zip
Bella Vista
703 Clymer St. 4 1 $299,900 19147
770-78 S 3rd St. E 1 1 $257,900 19147
East Passyunk 
1261 Pierce St. 3 1.1 $285,000 19148
1901 S Camac St. 2 1.1 $269,000 19148
Old City
15 Appletree Ct. 3 2 $525,000 19106
Passyunk Square
1218 S 13th St. 5 4 $275,000 19147
Pennsport
1529 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1531 S 4th St. 3 3 $400,000 19147
1620 S Lawrence St. 3 1 $199,000 19148
Society Hill
241 S 4th St. 3 2.2 $1,195,000 19106
400-416 S 2nd St. 410B 2 1 $329,000 19147
Southwark
1406 S 7th St. 4 1.1 $149,000 19147
339 Titan St. 4 1.1 $129,000 19147
Washington Square West
238 S 13th St. 2F 1 1 $219,900 19107
250 S 13th St. 12D 1 1 $429,000 19107
250 S 13th St. 2A 1 1 $215,000 19107
1211 South St. C 2 1 $279,000 19147
Queen Village
909 Annin St. 4 1.1 $200,000 19147
918 S 2nd St. 2 1 $195,000 19147

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