Check out Girard Estates in South Philly

It is named after Stephen Girard whose South Philadelphia property was developed in the 1920s by the City of Philadelphia.

Girard’s country home was on a plot of land he named Gentilhommiere in what was formerly called Passyunk Township of Philadelphia County. He was likely the richest man in the United States when he died in 1831, and he left most of his $6 million estate to the City of Philadelphia.

Girard’s will stated that the city must establish a school for poor orphaned white boys in his name, and that Gentilhommiere must not be sold. To meet the second stipulation, the Board of City Trusts, trustee of the Girard Estate, developed 481 rental homes which became the Girard Estate homes.

Most of the semi-detached homes were designed by architects John and James H. Windrim, and were built from 1906 to 1916. The architectural styles included Bungalow, Prairie, Mission, Jacobean Revival and Colonial Revival. They are a marked difference from the typical South Philly row homes.

In 1950, the city received permission to sell all 481 homes to private owners. All the homes were sold within two years.

In 1979, Girard Estates became a location for “Rocky II.” The crew filmed scenes on the 2300 block of S. Lambert Street for a week. In the film, the character Rocky Balboa bought 2313 S. Lambert St. with his winnings from the bout in the first film. (He even comments on the address, pointing out that the number “almost add up to nine!”) All exteriors were shot on the street; house interiors were shot on a soundstage. On March 15, 1981, Philadelphia organized crime boss Phillip Testa returned to his Girard Estates twin home at 2117 Porter Street and as he was opening the door a nail bomb exploded under his front porch killing him and doing extensive damage the house.[2]

Today, Girard Estates is a mostly Italian American neighborhood, with a smaller Irish population.


Come on out and get your architectural fix.

$10 paid at start and free if this is your first photowalk with us.


Get off at Snyder stop of Broad St Subway and walk south one block. Turn right and coffee shop is right there.

We will finish up at the Tap Room on 19th

Check out the Honey Festival at Glen Foerd

Not a photowalk but I have never been to this historic mansion in NE Philly just before the Bucks county line. I want to check it out. Maybe some of you are also curious.

The SEPTA Trenton line has a stop at Torresdale and the 84 and 19 bus stop there also.

Short walk down Grant Ave to the estate. If driving there is parking behind the house.

HONEY HAPPY HOUR!  5-9 pm; suggested donation $10 adult, $5 under 21.

Help support bee cultivation and flower pollination.

Kick-off the 2017 Honey Fest at this beautiful historic venue.  Inside the event structure, children will be engaged in crafts and activities, while lawn games and beekeeping demonstrations occur along the riverside.  Inside the event structure, honey-based appetizers and beverages are sure to please your palate.

Many of Philadelphia’s first families built their country estates on the banks of the Delaware River. They came by ferry, carriage, and later train, to escape the heat of summers in the city. It was at these grand estates they entertained some of the most prominent figures in the history of our nation. Glen Foerd is the only Delaware River estate located in Philadelphia, which is open to the public. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meandering with MikeK in South Kensington

Meandering with Mike K in South Kensington

following a winding course: a meandering lane.
proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion

Another 5:00 pm start to avoid the worst of heat and get some golden hour shots.

South Kensington is another recovering neighborhood, growing even faster then Brewerytown.  There is a lot of re-purposed and new construction.  Bounded by 6th st on west, Front on east, Girard Ave on south and Berks to the north.

We will meet at Girard Ave and 2nd St to see the The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, the knight on horseback. That story by the Spaniard Cervantes was one of the first modern novels, written in 1605. How the statue got placed in S Kensington is a question I would like to know the answer to. This is as beautiful as any statue in center city. A must photo op.

We will then go north.  Past a wall of murals, then see the new housing complex going up.

Then we will swing by Basho’s, a photography lab for old school film and silver printing. Then north on Germantown, right on Masters and north on Cadwallader. Belgian block sidewalk and craft distillery, New Liberty Distillery. Then left on Jefferson past the Islamic center.

Back on Germantown up to the abandoned Gretz Brewery building

Then up to Cecil B  Moore and another graffiti wall. Then on to the east.

At the corner of Cecil B. Moore Ave and Howard is an old firehouse with turrets. Sites on the way include Keystone mini-golf, statuary next to a church with a gorgeous tower, a colorful Puerto Rican neighborhood restaurant, El Cafeito

We will check out the Mascher Street Cooperative. There is a photo printing and gallery space call Color Space Lab.

Past the El there is a cool small publisher bookstore called Ulises we can check out if they are open. They have limited edition photobooks.

Then a half block north under the El to Evil Genius Beer Company. Time to get a Stacy’s Mom (that is the name of an beer) and hang out a bit.

$10 as usual paid at event start. First timers for free.

Any questions post below. Don’t have to be a PPL member to attend. Get to know us, maybe you will want to join.

How Did I Get Here? – Exhibition by Ada Luisa Trillo

This new photography exhibition dedicated to documenting the exploitation of women in the prostitution industry. The series, entitled “How did I get Here?,” is meant to depict and problematize the adversity these women must overcome in their daily lives. The show’s subjects work in Juarez, Mexico, though the majority are not from Juarez; instead, many were abducted into the sex trade while attempting to cross the border or sold into the industry by family members. Nearly all of the women are addicted to drugs – crack cocaine and heroin – and have neither healthcare nor access to rehabilitation. Those who cannot attract clients are deprived of food. Each of these remarkable women have a story to share with the viewer. The Artist will be supplying small stories about the women under each of the photographs.

Artist Website : CLICK HERE