1 08, 2020

Spring Garden and Deppen Brewing Co.

2020-08-01T20:34:31-04:00August 1st, 2020|Breweries|0 Comments

When the oldest citizens were boys, and even before, there were summer gardens and other popular resorts in Reading and vicinity. Before the law was enforced prohibiting the selling of strong liquors on Sunday, there were “summer gardens” in connection with some of [...]

13 07, 2020

Penn Square Pedestrian Mall

2020-09-08T05:09:09-04:00July 13th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Department Stores, Landmarks|0 Comments

The Penn Square Pedestrian Mall was originally a component of a much larger urban renewal plan. Sasaki Associates' Downtown East Urban Renewal Plan of 1971 proposed an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Reading to compete with shopping malls being built in the suburbs. [...]

8 07, 2020

Fairgrounds Square Mall Redevelopment

2020-12-17T12:21:59-04:00July 8th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Department Stores, News|0 Comments

The 750,000 sq ft Fairgrounds Square Mall was developed by Interstate Properties in the late 1970’s. Recognizing the potential of the Berks retail trade area and the need for a pleasant climate-controlled atmosphere the mall was constructed at the former location of the [...]

19 06, 2020

Wilhelm Mansion – The Inn at Centre Park

2020-06-19T21:37:55-04:00June 19th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Landmarks|0 Comments

The property at 730 Centre Avenue, known as the Wilhelm Mansion, consists of two buildings, the mansion and the carriage house on 0.63 acres of landscaped setting on one of Reading's most attractive and prestigious boulevards. The mansion is a three-story Gothic Revival [...]

18 06, 2020

Reading Railroad Massacre of 1877

2020-06-18T19:39:43-04:00June 18th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Mystery, People|0 Comments

The Reading Railroad massacre of July 23, 1877, in which ten people lost their lives, was the climax of local events in Reading, Pennsylvania during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, from which the Reading Railroad was born, [...]

14 06, 2020

Ferdinand Winter Residence – 900 Centre Avenue

2020-06-14T22:26:37-04:00June 14th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|0 Comments

Ferdinand Winter, who for many years was a well-known business man of Reading, and a member of the leather manufacturing firm of Winter & Goetz, retired to his home at 900 Centre Avenue. Below: Ferdinand Winter Residence, 900 Centre Avenue, as it [...]

14 06, 2020

James Hervey Sternbergh – Reading Bolt and Nut Works

2020-06-14T22:23:41-04:00June 14th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|0 Comments

The Reading Bolt and Nut Works was a plant extending over some eight acres of land, lying between Third and Fourth streets, and between the Lebanon Valley Railroad and Buttonwood Street. The large and important industry had its inception in 1865. James Hervey [...]

8 06, 2020

History of the former Bachman Pretzel Company

2020-06-08T21:57:29-04:00June 8th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|1 Comment

The former Bachman Pretzel Company, was founded by Joseph S. Bachman in 1884. Joseph S. Bachman (b. 1863 - d. 1914), was born in Austria, and came to America with his parents, Francis and Margaret (Settler) Bachman, in 1868. He was educated in [...]

7 06, 2020

Seashore Mansion of William H. Luden

2020-06-07T16:22:52-04:00June 7th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, People|1 Comment

William Henry Luden, developer of the menthol cough drop and founder of the Luden's company in Reading, PA, amassed considerable wealth through his confectionery business. In 1882, William H. Luden began modestly making candy for Christmas, with thirty pounds of sugar, at No. [...]

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