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 [...]

5 07, 2020

Wyomissing Park – The Modern Garden Suburb of Reading

2020-07-10T13:51:30-04:00July 5th, 2020|Towns-Wards|0 Comments

In 1913, the textile magnates Ferdinand Thun (1866-1949), Henry Janssen (1866-1948), and Gustav Oberlaender (1867-1936), formed the Wyomissing Development Company and began three years of preparatory work leading to the selection of Hegemann and Peets in 1917 to plan a “Modern Garden Suburb” [...]

2 07, 2020

Penn Theatre – West Reading, Pennsylvania

2020-07-02T21:56:20-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

In the summer of 1939, the Wilmer and Vincent theatre chain, purchased the Ruth estate at Sixth and Penn Avenues in West Reading for the purpose of building a theatre on the site. According to an article which ran in the Reading Eagle on [...]

1 07, 2020

Trolleys of Reading and Berks County Pennsylvania

2020-07-02T00:15:17-04:00July 1st, 2020|Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

Electric lines came early in Berks, the East Reading Electric Railway enjoying the distinction of being one of the oldest electric lines east of the Mississippi, and dating from 1888, the year of Frank Sprague’s successful electrification of the Richmond, Virginia Street Railway [...]

28 06, 2020

Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading

2020-06-28T11:33:40-04:00June 28th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the dawn of the 20th century Reading was undergoing notable industrial expansion. The lure of jobs brought significant population growth to the area. Among the newcomers were many Catholics. Monsignor George Bornemann of St. Paul’s Parish recommend to Edmund F. Prendergast, Archbishop of [...]

27 06, 2020

St. Peter’s Reading Catholic High School

2020-06-27T19:40:24-04:00June 27th, 2020|Churches, Schools|0 Comments

By the beginning of the 20th century in Reading there was an urgent need for a Catholic secondary school. In order to meet the advanced academic needs of the Reading high school-age population, St. Peter High School was founded in 1911. St. Peter’s [...]

26 06, 2020

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Swinging Bridge at Outer Station

2020-06-26T09:20:05-04:00June 26th, 2020|Bridges-Viaducts, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

In 1886, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) decided to provide a safe pedestrian route across its main line and yard tracks east of the Outer Station in Reading. With the closest underpass located two blocks north of the station, pedestrians coming from [...]

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