Month: January 2016

Remapping Streets in Queen Village in the 19th Century

The 1854 Act of Consolidation was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to incorporate all of the townships, districts, and boroughs located in the greater Philadelphia County into the City of Philadelphia.  As a result, […]

The PSFS Building

There’s much more to this deceptively simple, skyscraper with the famous neon sign than meets the eye. It’s timeless! “The PSFS Building is one of the city’s most important buildings,” claims Ken Hinde, former director of the […]

The Sign of the Mermaid

Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant write about the Sign of the Mermaid, an 18th century tavern located near the New Market.

Commentary on the Will of Mary Houlton (1730-1811)

Richard Major provides commentary on the will of Mary Houlton (1730-1811), a “maiden” of the City of Philadelphia.