Blocks We Love

Blocks We Love: 2700 South Street

If you’ve ever sat on the fence, unable to decide between bustling downtown living or a more relaxed neighborhood set up, the 2700 block of South Street might peak your interest. Philadelphia is such a great city because it settles somewhere in the middle of skyscrapers, high-rises, and all of the action they denote, and the low-rise, neighborhood scale (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2000 Delancey Street

Walking down the 2000 block of Delancey Street can feel like taking a stroll into the 19th Century.  Or maybe a movie set. The stately homes, all built by 1870, have changed very little since their original construction. Perhaps for this reason, the 2000 Block of Delancey Street is the most filmed residential block in the city, boasting scenes (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 500 South 45th Street

The 500 block of South 45th Street is nestled right between Baltimore and Larchwood Avenues in the Spruce Hill neighborhood of West Philadelphia. A section of the city known for its strong record on preservation of historic architecture and tucked right around the corner from West Philadelphia’s gem, Clark Park, the initial appeal of this block is readily apparent. (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1500 Block of East Montgomery Avenue

The stretch of Montgomery Avenue right off of Fishtown’s main drag holds all of the charm and historicism that one comes to expect from a Philadelphia street. Not only does this block provide a solid sampling of grand, three-story row houses with well-preserved architectural detail and ample trees lining the sidewalks, it also has, not one, but two notable (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 700 North Bodine

Tucked away amongst the bustling commercial corridors, looming new condos, and new construction in progress on just about every street, one could easily miss the 700 block of North Bodine Street, an iconic mainstay of historic Northern Liberties.   Originally known as Brook Street, this narrow, secondary street was built upon a former streambed. During a period of expansion (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1800 West Girard Ave

Designed by Philadelphia architect Willis G. Hale in 1889, the houses at 1816-1834 West Girard Ave represent an iconic North Philadelphia style in the late 19th Century with ornate detailing, eccentric flair, and intriguing patterns.   The houses are designed as sets of mirror image pairs that alternate between two facade variations. Each home shares some of the same (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 1900 Block of Waverly Street

Step right up…and up and up the unusual 9-step front stoops of the whimsically tall and narrow houses on the 1900 block of Waverly Street! Deeply historic, wonderfully urban, this block is one of the most unique in Philadelphia, in both appearance and in backstory. Step right up to step back in time! The 1900 block of Waverly Street (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 700 Block of Miller Street

One of Philadelphia’s few remaining “residential courts” can be found tucked away in the heart of Fishtown. Historically known as Miller Court, the 700 block of Miller Street makes for a vibrant and picturesque little block. Residential courts were once a mainstay of Philadelphia’s historic architecture and urban design. A handful of these residential courts are still scattered throughout (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 4000 block of Spring Garden Street

In West Powelton, tucked between the commercial corridors of Market Street and Lancaster Avenue, sits a residential block that is both majestic yet intimate, coherent yet diverse. A peak through the history books reveals how the lovely 4000 block of Spring Garden Street came to be.   Developed in the early 20th century, this swath of Spring Garden Street (read more…)

Blocks We Love: 2500 South Garnet Street

Off-street parking, 50-foot trees, large houses—this block has it all! Due north of Oregon Ave. and south of Passyunk, it will make you wonder if you’re still in Philadelphia.   Find out how this “pocket of suburbia in the middle of a city” came to be.   No rowhomes here! The 2500 block of South Garnet Street is comprised (read more…)