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69th Street Terminal

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1906, Edward P. Simon. Market and 69th sts.

The area's beginnings lie in a water-powered milling village operated by the family of Philadelphia's great mechanical engineer William Sellers. The mill was still in operation in 1901, but with the completion of the subway-elevated line to its terminal at 69th Street, a transit-linked shopping district developed that served transit riders as well as the new automobile market. The anchor was the brick and limestone-trimmed terminal and theater whose North Italian detailing and paired Flemish bond brickwork were derived from two slightly earlier Philadelphia landmarks, Wilson Eyre Jr.'s University of Pennsylvania Museum ( PH147.8) and William Price's Jacob Reed's Sons Store ( PH69).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "69th Street Terminal", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 230-230.

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