Bird’s-Eye View of Property on Alleghany Avenue, Philadelphia, 25th Ward


This print shows a bird's eye view of the grid plan of the city of Philadelphia, looking southeast from Frankford Road in northeast Philadelphia toward the Delaware River. The area depicted lies between Westmoreland Street and a few blocks south of Columbia Street, consisting mainly of the open land surrounding the Aramingo Canal, the Reading Railroad depot between Lehigh Avenue and Somerset Street, and the tracks of the Philadelphia, Trenton, and New York Railroad line. A few dwellings, churches, and other structures comprise the landscape, with a heavier concentration of buildings visible near Columbia Street. In the foreground, dwellings, most with plots of ground, a church, and the "Second & Third Street Passenger Railway Depot" line Frankford Road, and two horse-drawn streetcars travel down the road. In the background, crowded blocks of buildings form the bulk of the cityscape. The view also includes the Port Richmond railroad terminus; a train traveling on the Philadelphia, Trenton, and New York Railroad line; locomotives pulling coal cars on the Reading Railroad line; industrial buildings; a small number of trees; and street names. The 25th Ward was formed in 1861 and was comprised of parts of the former 19th and 23rd wards. This view might have been commissioned in connection with the Junction Railroad, a project of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Reading Railroad to connect rail routes west of Philadelphia to the city and to allow New York–Washington trains to run through the city center for the first time.

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William Boell, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Birds-eye View of Property on Alleghany Avenue Philadelphia 25th Ward

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Physical Description

1 print : chromolithograph ; 69 x 100 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 54


  1. William Boell, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia,
  2. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia,

Last updated: September 26, 2014