Parallelling Washington Avenue from 15th to 13th.
|The Horror! Image by Google|
The corner of Broad and Washington was once a bustling vibrant center of transit and manufacturing. Back when it was called Prime Street, the city's first in-town train station was right at the corner. The Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad Station was the predecessor of Broad Street Station. It was the only way to go to and from all points south of Philadelphia, which means that all those soldiers who needed to travel south to get to the Civil War went through the site of the Shame Lot. They also returned home through the same.
|Early Philaphile Frank Taylor drew a picture of it when it was called the Southern and Western Station.|
|Passenger and Freight Station on the left, Wanamaker's Clothing Factory on the right. At this distance, you couldn't read the City Hall clock, so it would turn off at 8:57pm and turn back on at 9pm so you could set your watch.|
Here's some from the last few years... I know there's more out there. I remember seeing a few of them in the newspaper in the early 2000's.
|This one was pretty cool but the NIMBY's didn't like the height and the developer is a dumbass. It's dead as a motherfucker.|
|WRT Design still has this one on it's website as THE plan for this spot. Another proposal carcass.|
|Here's the latest proposal for the piece of the Shame Lot on the west side of Broad. I like that they're complimenting the old trainshed but otherwise this looks like ABSOLUTE CROTCH!|
|Another drawing by early Philaphile Frank Taylor, showing alterations made to the PWB Station.|
|The forlorn PWB Station serving as an extension of the freight station next door in 1914. 13-year-old City Hall looks like a futuristic supertall skyscraper in the distance.|
|Broad and Washington in December 1980. Hard to see but if you look closely you can find the Wanamaker Clothing Factory.|
|The corner shortly before the elimination of the Wanamaker Clothing Factory. What a bummer.|