My Philadelphia properties
Fairmount is an old established neighborhood commonly known as the "Art Museum Area"
. It is known for its nearby museums, chic restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
In October 1998 I bought this triplex in Fairmount
I lived on the 1st floor of the building as seen from 27th Street. It had a covered, cement patio in the back that was safe for my cat Brandy.
The basement had large windows, a washer and dryer, storage bins fir the tenants and an outide entrance on 27th street
The first floor apartment needed the most work. I [ainted its 12 ft ceilings and resurfaced the window frames in the living room
My living room after remodeling. Brandy is in the photo.
Living room entertainment center
The kitchen with my old dinning room set
Eat-in kitchen with cabinets, lead-glass chandelier
and drop-leaf table from Lindenwold
Kitchen with new paint and new table and chairs
The wall opposite the stove and sink
The bedroom was a little crowded
Bed, chest-of-drawers, armoire, desk and dresser
The bathroom before
Son Bob remodeling the bathroom
New tile, tub, toilet, sink, mirror and lights
New corner sink, mirror and lights
2642 Brown Street
In January 2002 I bought this neighboring triplex on Brown Street
The homes are separated by a narrow alley not visible from the street
So every room has a window
First-floor eat-in kitchen. These apartments had apartment-size stoves.
The first-floor bathroom was behind the kitchen off this "mud room" with its entrance to the back yard.
Second-floor eat-in kitchen
Third-floor eat-in kitchen.
The stairs to the 3rd floor were too narrow for a full-size refrigerator
The second floor had beautiful hardwood floors
The third floor had beautiful hardwood floors
Winter in Philadelphia
The corner property meant a lot of shoveling when it snowed
27th street after a snowfall
Shoveling on 27th street
I shoveled and salted my entrances and the neighbor's between them
My 2001 Mitsubishi Diamante. I also had a silver 1998 Diamante
In 2005 I bought a Forest Green 2003 Cadillac Seville SLS
The Philadelphia Art Museum
Fairmount is .named for the hill upon which the art museum stands. It borders Fairmount Park where the Schuylkill River winds its way past Boathouse Row, the Historic Fairmount Waterworks, and the Art Museum.
Eakins Oval and the statue of George Washington
Eakins Oval and the Ben Franklin Parkway that runs to City Hall
The Ben Franklin Parkway is Philly's version of Paris' Champs Elysées
is on the Ben Franklin Parkway
The Fairmount Waterworks is a National Historical Site on the Schuykill River below the Art Museum. It opened in 1812 with the completion of the Engine House. Its steam-powered pumps were to send water to a reservoir to be built atop Morris Hill (Faire Mount) where the Art Museum stands today. The water would then be carried via underground wooden pipes to the Centre Square pumps where City Hall stands today. However, the steam-powered pumps had many operational problems and were replaced by water power.
The Old Mill House was completed in 1822, and sits under beautiful Greek style buildings
A mound dam was constructed along with a wheelhouse to hold the wooden wheels that would power the pumps
The city has restored the structures of this National Historical Site and the Waterworks is home to several shops and a five-star restaurant.
The Fairmount Waterworks
Fairmount Park is more than 2,000 acres, over twice the size of Central Park. The park, divided into East and West sections by the Schuylkill River, is a wealth of natural landscapes, rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands. It is one of Philly’s most popular running and biking destinations. The paved path begins behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and winds its way past Boathouse Row along the Schuylkill River before reaching East Falls Bridge.
Fairmount Park along the Schuykill River is a popular running and biking destination
Kelly Drive in Fairmount Park
Kelly Drive Tunnel
Kelly Drive Tunnel c1900
Mt Pleasant Mansion in Fairmount Park
St. George and the Dragon Fairmount Park
The Cowboy Fairmount Park
Lincoln Fairmount Park
The Bridges of Fairmount Park
The Girard Ave bridge & Amtrack Zoo Viaduct (background) crossing the Schuykill River in Fairmount Park
The Girard Ave bridge crossing the Schuykill River in Fairmount Park
Route 1 Twin Bridges and Philadelphia Reading Railroad bridge
The Falls Bridge
The Falls Bridge links the East & West sides of Fairmount Park over the Schuykill River
The Falls Bridge. Looks like it was built using an "Erector Set"
Boathouse Row is a historic site located on Kelly Drive along the east bank of the Schuylkill River. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. The boathouses are all at least a century old, and some were built over 150 years ago. Boathouse #15 houses the Sedgeley Club, which operates the Turtle Rock Lighthouse. At night the boathouses are outlined in lights creating a spectacular scene along the river.
The boathouses are all at least a century old, and some were built over 150 years ago
Boathouse #15 houses the Sedgeley Club, which operates the Turtle Rock Lighthouse.
The 15 boathouses house social and rowing clubs and their racing shells
Rowers On The Schulkill River. The high-rise apartment building is at 27th Street
Boathouse Row at Night
Philadelphia City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States,
with over 14.5 acres of floor space
City Hall is topped with an iconic statue of William Penn. The 548-foot tower is the tallest masonry structure in the world without a steel frame
Liberty Place One and Two.
City Hall was the tallest building in Philadelphia until 1986 when the construction of One Liberty Place surpassed it, ending the informal gentlemen's agreement that had limited the height of buildings in the city to no higher than the William Penn's statue
Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica
30th Street Station
30th Street Station
King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia Mall
The "Plaza" at the mall
The "Court" at the mall
For over 15 years I often ate lunch in Rittenhouse Park
The Lion in Rittenhouse Park
A squirrel once stole a french fry out of my McDonalds bag
The Reflecting Pool at Rittenhouse Park
An Artist at the Reflecting Pool at Rittenhouse Park
The iconic Liberty Place Buildings as seen from Rittenhouse Park
Annual Art Show at Rittenhouse
Annual Flower Show at Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse Park In Winter
Rittenhouse Park In Winter
Al Fresco Dinning at Rouge
across the street from Rittenhouse Park
Also across the street from Rittenhouse Park
Wissahickon Park Devils Pool
Historic Valley Green Inn is in Wissahickon Park
Valley Forge Park
Penn's Landing is a waterfront area of Center City Philadelphia
Penn's Landing runs the length of Center City along the waterfront
There's always something fun going on at Penn's Landing
Festivals, concerts, free movies, beer gardens, roller-skating and ice-skating
WWII Submarine and the USS Olympia
Admiral Dewey's 1898 flagship at the Battle of the Manila Bay
The Moshulu and USS Olympia
The Moshulu at night. It's a fabulous restaurant
The Chart House Restaurant at Penns Landing
Overlooking the Deleware River
At The Chart House
The USS New Jersey
Bridges of Philadelphia
Girard Point Bridge
The I-95 double deck bridge crosses the Schuykill River
Driving the upper deck
Driving the lower deck
Ben Franklin Bridge
Ben Franklin Bridge was opened in July 1926 and is 1.8 miles in length
Ben Franklin Bridge pedestrian walkway
The PATCO high speed line runs eastbound and westbound outboard of the bridge's trusses
Ben Franklin Bridge History
Originally the bridge was to feature trolley service
Atop the two anchorages were waiting rooms for passengers with elevators to carry the riders. They were never used.
Today, the would-be waiting rooms are mini-art museums with sculptures, murals, and colored tiles that depicted different forms of transportation.
This tile featured the Flying Machine, a stagecoach from the 18th-century that could make the trip from Philadelphia to New York in only two days
Ben Franklin bridge at night
Walt Whitman Bridge
Walt Whitman Bridge opened in May 1957 and is about 2.3 miles long
Red and Green overhead lights are used to control the seven traffic lanes
To reduce accidents a "zipper barrier" controls the center traffic lane on the bridge
How the "zipper barrier" changes traffic lanes
The Tacony crosses the Delaware between Tacony, PA and Palmyra, NJ
Driving the Tacony
Tacony open to river traffic
What a Cheese Steak
should look like
Add ketchup or pizza sauce
Nothing beats a Philly Cheese Steak
Lincoln Financial Field
Home of the Philadelphia Eagles
Citizens Bank Park
Home of the Philadelphia Phillies
Dad Vale Regatta
Boathouse Row and Rowers On The Schuykill River
The Schuykill is the scene of the Dad Vail Regatta,
the largest regular intercollegiate rowing event in the United States.
The regatta draws over a hundred colleges and universities from North America
and has been held annually on the Schuylkill River since 1953
Philadelphia International Bike Race
The Philadelphia International Championship was an annual bicycle race held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was described as "America's top international cycling classic, and one of the richest and most prestigious one day races outside of Europe." It was one of the longest single-day races in the U.S. at 124.0 miles.
The race starts at the Art Museum and then heads along Kelly Drive to East Falls
Kelly Drive between the Art Museum and East Falls
The iconic race got its start in 1985.
Racers climb the hill in Manayunk
The race continues through Roxborough
Finally, through Logan Circle and along the Ben Franklin Parkway
to complete the 124.0 mile loop