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. [...]

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 [...]

15 06, 2020

Frederick Lauer Monument – Reading, PA

2020-06-18T19:46:30-04:00June 15th, 2020|Landmarks, People|0 Comments

In 1823, George Lauer, father of Frederick Lauer, started in the business of manufacturing beer in limited quantities in Womelsdorf. Three years later, in 1826, the Lauer family relocated to Reading, where a small brewery was established on Chestnut street near Third, on [...]

14 06, 2020

Frederick Lauer Mansion – Reading, PA

2020-06-14T23:47:17-04:00June 14th, 2020|Landmarks, People|0 Comments

In 1891, George Frederick Lauer, chairman of the Lauer Brewing Co., erected an elegant mansion which fronted on South Third, at Chestnut. Below: The Fredrick Lauer Mansion, 1897. In April, 1894, a Reading Times newspaper reporter gave this description of the mansion: [...]

7 06, 2020

Widow Finney’s Town – Reading, PA

2020-06-07T14:57:48-04:00June 7th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

Located at the Southwest corner of 4th and Cherry Streets in Reading are three distinct restaurants. Judy's on Cherry offers Mediterranean-inspired fine dining in a beautifully renovated farmer's market. The Speckled Hen Cottage Pub & Alehouse, is located in an authentically restored 18th [...]

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