Center City Skyline

Item Info

Item No: pdcp01087
Title: Center City Skyline
Creation Date: 6/13/1931
Historic Street Address: Broad & Market Streets
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

This 1931 aerial view shows City Hall, Broad Street Station, and the elevated railroad viaduct, which was dubbed the “Chinese Wall,” (a reference to the Great Wall of China).  This formidable system of tracks extended west for nine city blocks, to the Schuylkill River, and it created a barrier to everything northwest of it.  Much of it was demolished, along with Broad Street Station, in the 1950s, but portions of it remain alongside and beneath today’s John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Photograph #14410, June 13, 1931

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.163600
Geocode Latitude:39.952379

Creator Name: Aero Service Corporation - Photographer