19 06, 2024

First Public “Colored School” in Reading, PA

2024-06-19T10:27:46-04:00June 19th, 2024|Schools|0 Comments

Jenny Terry, a former slave, became the matriarch of a large and important family in Reading’s history. Jenny first arrived in the city with her nine children: Moses J., Johnson L., Charles L., Lee B., Frank, Andrew, Helen, Barbara, and Mary. Jenny had been [...]

4 05, 2024

St. Cecilia’s Memorial Chapel, Reading, PA

2024-05-06T09:46:47-04:00May 4th, 2024|Churches, History, Landmarks|0 Comments

Theodore Ignatius Heizmann began the construction of St. Cecilia's Chapel in 1892-1893 in memory of his mother, Mary Cecilia Heizmann. Theodore Ignatius Heizmann was born in Reading Dec. 14, 1838. He attended the private schools of the city and later Mount St. Mary’s College, [...]

3 05, 2024

Hotel Junction, Pennsylvania Trust Co., Flowers by Helen Heck, Ollie’s Cocktail Lounge, Idaho Spud Bar, and Gift Sisters School of Dance

2024-05-03T13:37:45-04:00May 3rd, 2024|Businesses-Industry, Landmarks|0 Comments

The triangular-shaped building at the intersection of 8th and 9th streets was once known as the Flatiron Building, although its original name was the Hotel Junction, with the address 1012 N. 9th St. Reading has a few of these triangular structures, but none with [...]

2 05, 2024

The Hazing Death of William Lee Terry, Reading High School’s First Black Graduate

2024-05-02T17:30:36-04:00May 2nd, 2024|Crime, People|0 Comments

On Wednesday morning, June 25, 1884, the Latin word "In limine" was placed above the stage at Reading's Grand Opera House. It translates to "On the Threshold," and it was the slogan of Reading High School's newest graduating class. Commencement had never been held [...]

1 05, 2024

Saving a Sculptured Head from the former Girls’ High School

2024-05-01T13:41:43-04:00May 1st, 2024|Art, Landmarks, Schools|0 Comments

During the demolition of the Girls' High School at the corner of 4th and Court Streets in September 1961, Peter Zuk, president of Zuk Lumber & Demolition Co., Inc. of Belvidere, N.J., whose business had been hired to tear down the old school, received [...]

14 04, 2024

C. K. Whitner’s Department Store and the Southwest Corner of Fifth and Penn Streets

2024-04-14T14:35:07-04:00April 14th, 2024|Department Stores|0 Comments

Whitner's Department Store has a rich history, beginning in 1877 when Calvin K. Whitner, a farmer-turned-storekeeper, opened his first store in Reading at 432 Penn St. Despite initial doubts from local merchants, Whitner's enterprise flourished, growing from a modest establishment into one of [...]

8 04, 2024

City’s “Gate” sculpture by Robinson Fredenthal

2024-04-08T17:43:55-04:00April 8th, 2024|Art|1 Comment

The "Gate" is an outdoor metal sculpture by Robinson Fredenthal, commissioned by the Reading Redevelopment Authority for the North Sixth and Penn streets courtyard in the Downtown East Urban Renewal Area. It was assembled by Eastern Machine Products Inc. and involved a complex [...]

31 03, 2024

Reading’s First Renewal Plan

2024-04-01T07:11:43-04:00March 31st, 2024|Urban Renewal|0 Comments

Penn Street for many years was a vibrant thoroughfare where people enjoyed shopping. Theaters, various types of commercial establishments, and public events attracted thousands to the occasionally crowded Penn Square. In addition to experiencing foot pain, consumers endured the nearly imperceptible ascent from Third [...]

26 03, 2024

The Eric Theater – 3225 N. Fifth St., Muhlenberg Township

2024-03-26T18:55:58-04:00March 26th, 2024|Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

In 1969, a $165,000 bond was put in place for the building of the Eric Theater near Allentown Pike and Elizabeth Avenue in Muhlenberg Township as part of the Madeira Mall tract. At first, it was a project of the Peach Development Co. [...]

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