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By Joseph Myers

A wicked wanderer

Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a girl in Girard Estate.

Posted Jul. 30, 2015

It’s all gravy

Well, not quite! Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St., will hold its second annual Gravy and Meatball Contest Oct. 4.

Posted Jul. 30, 2015


By Bill Chenevert

Green Aisle greatness televised on Food Network

Big news for the Erace brothers! Adam and Andrew, brothers separated by 16 months and natives of Girard Estate, have been selected to star in a Food Network travelogue show called “Great American Food Finds.”

Posted Jul. 17, 2015


By Joseph Myers

The heat is on

Two men remain at large after robbing a Girard Estate business.

Posted Jul. 9, 2015


By Joseph Myers

Double dose of depravity

Authorities are hoping surveillance footage can help them to nab a man wanted for burglaries in Girard Estate and Point Breeze.

Posted Jul. 6, 2015


By Joseph Myers

Lil’ Java Philly’s Gado-gado

Set to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in November, Ferry and Debby Takili cannot really consider themselves newlyweds, but the two have maintained a steady relationship with novelty in another sense.

Posted Jul. 2, 2015


By Joseph Myers

A misdeed, indeed

Two men remain at large following a residential burglary in Girard Estate.

Posted May. 28, 2015


By Joseph Myers

Focused deterrence

Police are looking to detain a man who removed surveillance cameras from a Girard Estate site.

Posted May. 15, 2015

Millay Club to praise PNC's Patti

As a recipient of numerous accolades over his 19-year tenure with PNC Bank, Salvatore J. Patti could claim exalted status, but the resident of the 2500 block of South 21st Street shuns showing off, instead finding satisfaction in pondering the copious connections he has made professionally and personally.

Posted May. 14, 2015


By Joseph Myers

A real strapper

A man robbed a woman of her purse in Girard Estate Friday.

Posted Apr. 30, 2015


By Corey Carter

Flight preparation

Proving that flying expends immense energy, gulls recently descended upon the parking lot at BJ’s Wholesale Club, 2300 W. Oregon Ave., for a treat.

Posted Apr. 16, 2015


By Bill Gelman

Honoring the Scout’s Honor

A black-and-white picture of Boy Scout Troop 147 from 1915 still exists today. Little did the group know at the time that it was setting the foundation for a 100-plus years of history for future South Philadelphia scouts.

Posted Apr. 9, 2015


Girard Estate

Boundaries: Passyunk to Oregon avenues, 17th to 25th streets. The Girard Estate historic district — the only one in South Philly — is roughly bounded by 17th to 22nd streets, Porter to Shunk streets and 21st to 22nd streets, Passyunk to Shunk.


Origin of Name: The area was established by the deed of Stephen Girard, a French merchant.


Brief history: Stephen Girard landed in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. In 1797, he purchased a farm  he named "The Places" at the southern end of Philadelphia County, an area known as Passyunk Township. The original farmhouse, along with the two later additions built by Girard, still stand today at 21st and Shunk streets. Although Girard never lived in the farmhouse, his daily regimen included visits to the farm where he would perform much of the manual labor himself.

In 1830, the Horticulture Society of Pennsylvania recognized the farm for being among the best in the country noting the orchard included Seckel pears that were “second to none,” and the gardens included America’s first artichokes as well as a variety of other fine vegetables. Fruits, lemons, mandarin oranges and the only known citrons grown in this country filled his greenhouse while the land was profuse with jasminion bushes and 20-foot high Marseillaise fig trees.

Girard and his attorney, William Duane, spent many hours at the farmhouse composing Girard's will. When he died in 1831, most of his $6-million estate was left to the City of Philadelphia. Girard’s will stated; however, the city must establish a college for poor white boys in his name, and his house must not be sold. In response to the second stipulation, the Board of Recreation Tours of City Trusts developed Girard Estate, which initially were all rental homes, between 1907 and 1916. The planning of these homes was loosely based on the "Garden City" concept by Ebenezer Howard and were designed by the father-and-son team of James and John Windrim. Envisioned as a low density, semi-suburban setting with modest lawns and cottage-like twin houses, the Girard Estate homes reflect the popular styles of the early 20th century. In 1950, the city received permission to sell all 481 homes to private owners. Within two years, all were sold.


Famous Residents: Stephen Girard


Major Landmarks: Donatucci Library (formerly Passyunk Library), 1935 Shunk St., was constructed in 1914 through a grant from railroad tycoon Andrew Carnegie; Girard Park, site of Girard’s farm and house, between 21st and 22nd streets and Porter and Shunk; Quartermaster Plaza, 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue.


Architecture: Outside of the Girard Estate historical district, two-story brick rowhomes built in late 1910s and ’20s are most prevalent. Within the district, architect James H. Windrim, along with son John, built semi-detached homes from 1906-16 in many styles, including bungalow, prairie, mission, Jacobean revival and Colonial revival. Homeowners must follow guidelines set by the Philadelphia Historical Commission to preserve the aesthetics of the homes.


U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)

City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)

Ward: 26th

Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione; Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson

Civic Groups: Broad Street West Civic Association; Girard Estate Area Residents; Girard Estate Neighbors' Association

Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St.

Schools: St. Monica Junior School, 17th and Ritner streets, and Senior School, 16th and Porter streets; Girard Academic Music Program (once Edgar Allen Poe School), 22nd and Ritner streets; Philadelphia Job Corps, 2810 S. 20th St., Building 12

Places Of Worship: Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, 2310 S. 24th St.; Monica Roman Catholic Church, 1714 W. Ritner St.; St. Edmond's Church, 2130 S. 21st St.; and Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 S. 18th St., and

Rec Centers: Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson streets in Newbold.

Parks: Girard Park, 21st and Shunk streets.

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