Join Steven Ujifusa, historian and author of A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States, for this walking tour of historic East Parkside, one of Philadelphia's grandest Victorian neighborhoods. We'll explore the history and legacy of the Centennial Exposition of 1876, as well immigrant brewer Frederick Poth's development of the ornate homes along Parkside Avenue, which were part Downton Abbey in miniature, part the Toll Brothers McMansions of that period.
The tour will include a rare look inside one of the grand homes fronting Parkside Avenue. The building awaits restoration yet retains some of its original interior detail. The owner has graciously allowed us access to tour this diamond in the rough.
Steven will also detail the stories of two families who called Parkside home during the 20th century: the Slifkins -- who immigrated to America from Latvia -- and the Tuckers -- who arrived in Philadelphia as part of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the Deep South.