Vanishing Philadelphia: Ruins of the Quaker City

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Vanishing Philadelphia: Ruins of the Quaker City

About the Author:

J.P. Webster is an accomplished photographer and an avid historian. His photographs have been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the City Paper, the Northeast Times and the Germantown Crier. His are some of the most sought-after photos of Philadelphia's abandoned historical gems and industrial underbelly. He is the author of The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry: A History of Misery and Medicine. He is also a member of the Northeast Philadelphia and Frankford Historical Societies.

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By J.P. Webster


The ruins of Philadelphia's grandest structures show the city's dramatic evolution. Smoke no longer spews from the Philadelphia Electric Company's hulking riverside power plants. Nature long ago reclaimed the rusted steel bones of the Frankford Arsenal. Graffiti artists tag the Beury Building, while Philadelphia's Gilded Age elite rest beneath the weeds of the forgotten Mount Moriah Cemetery. Such sites mark three centuries of progress and destruction in William Penn's Holy Experiment.


Through deep research and his stunning photography, J.P. Webster documents the slow decay caused by neglect and the passage of time in Philadelphia's factories, military sites, schools, cemeteries and more. Discover a bygone American era through Philadelphia's vanishing cityscape.

  • Paperback
  • 7 1/2" x 1/3" x 9 1/5"
  • 168 pages
  • Arcadia Publishing, 2014
  • ISBN-10: 1626195935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626195936



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