23 07, 2020

Astor Theatre – Penn Street – Reading PA

2020-07-23T11:20:29-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

In 1891, the Keystone Market House at 734 Penn Street was transformed into the Eden Musee (a curio hall and museum) and the Bijou Theatre. The property underwent various name changes over the next twenty-five years, including Gilder’s Auditorium, Becker’s Lyceum, the “New [...]

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. [...]

6 06, 2020

Southeast Corner of Third and Penn Streets

2020-06-06T21:40:50-04:00June 6th, 2020|Businesses-Industry|1 Comment

The buildings at the southeast corner of 3rd and Penn Streets, presented the above appearance, when, in 1825, Daniel Graeff moved his family and dry goods and grocery store into the corner building (No.1). His previous location was on the south side of [...]

4 06, 2020

Replica of Carpenters’ Hall, Reading, PA

2020-06-04T20:06:36-04:00June 4th, 2020|Businesses-Industry|0 Comments

Located at the Southwest corner of 8th and Penn Streets in Reading, PA is a building patterned architecturally after Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, PA. The building, erected in 1929 by the Penn National Bank and Trust Co. on the site of its former [...]

4 06, 2020

Modernization and Urban Renewal of Penn Street, Reading, PA

2020-06-04T18:56:40-04:00June 4th, 2020|Businesses-Industry, Towns-Wards|0 Comments

In the 1930s Reading, Pennsylvania, was a medium-sized city of 111,000 inhabitants. As the seat of Berks County, Reading was the social, political, and economic focus for the predominantly agricultural communities that surrounded it. It was also a faultless embodiment of Main Street, [...]

31 05, 2020

The Old White Store and Stichter’s Hardware Store

2020-05-31T01:50:15-04:00May 31st, 2020|Landmarks, People|1 Comment

One of the first business places in Reading was the store of Conrad Weiser at a little crossroads we now know as Fifth and Penn streets in Reading. Weiser moved to the Tulpehocken area in Pennsylvania in 1729, erecting a house upon a [...]

28 05, 2020

Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1

2020-05-28T13:56:14-04:00May 28th, 2020|Landmarks|0 Comments

The Reading Fire Department was officially organized on March 17, 1773, with the founding of the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company. The Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, was organized on December 12, 1855. The company was known by various other names until February [...]

27 05, 2020

Hershey Candy Factory – Reading, PA

2020-05-29T14:43:20-04:00May 27th, 2020|Businesses-Industry|1 Comment

Milton Snavely Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American chocolatier, businessman, and philanthropist. At the age of 14, Hershey, who'd dropped out of school the year before, expressed an interest in candy making and began apprenticing with a master [...]

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