Aerial views Schuylkill Expressway route through Fairmount Park

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Aerial views Schuylkill Expressway route through Fairmount Park

Item Info

Item No: pdch00199
Title: Aerial views Schuylkill Expressway route through Fairmount Park
Historic Street Address: 3900 City Ave
Historic Street Address: Schuylkill Expressway
Media Type: Photographic Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Notes:

Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins.  Notes on the negative's envelope read:  "1953; aerial views, Schuylkill Expressway route through Fairmount Park"

This 1953 aerial view shows the Schuylkill River, winding through East and West Fairmount Park.  Top of the photograph shows West Philadelphia.  Lower right shows the three Presidential Aparment buildings (today, called Presidential City), with City Avenue running diagonally and across the river.  Bottom center shows the Schuylkill Falls Housing Project under construction (opened in 1954, demolished in 1996).  The Schuylkill Expressway, at various stages of construction, is seen skirting the Schuylkill River. The expressway was constructed over 10 years, from 1949 to 1959. 


Creation Year: 1953
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.209526
Geocode Latitude:40.008154

Creator Name: Higgins, Charles - Photographer