The gifts have been opened and the leftover turkey is (thankfully!) gone, but there’s still plenty of holiday magic in Philadelphia…
(The 2700 block of Smedley Street in South Philadelphia is a stroller’s delight.)
In earlier posts, we told you about South Philadelphia’s Miracle on 13th Street between Morris and Tasker Streets and our own neighborhood window display at E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker.
But there’s more – way more – holiday fun a mile away, in the area of Smedley and Colorado Streets… Continue reading
They call it Philadelphia’s “Miracle on South 13th Street” and – when you see our website photo tour – we know you’ll agree….
(The view up South 13th Street, looking north between Morris and Tasker Streets.)
Every year – from the Saturday after Thanksgiving, until the first week of January – the 1600 block of South 13th Street is transformed into a holiday wonderland that’s touted as one of the best places in town for Christmas lights. Continue reading
First, take famed architect R. Brognard Okie, who designed a Colonial Revival masterpiece for a young married couple in 1902. (Paid for by the groom’s father, of course….)
(This wonderfully inviting inglenook shows Okie’s love of woodwork and clever design. With those big windows on the landing, how did he hide the fireplace chimney?)
Next, take Ann and Ev Keech, who stumbled on the fixer-upper home just outside Philadelphia in 1977, and began administering tender loving care while raising three children there.
(Did we mention the elaborate woodwork? And, yes, Okie carefully designed the fireplace columns to match those seen outside on the porch.)