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Bellevue-Stratford: 1905

Bellevue-Stratford: 1905

Philadelphia circa 1905. "The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel." As is often the case in these architectural views, the most interesting bits are at the periphery. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The 19th floor is now a pretty cool bar. You can sit on those century old balconies.

[If it was in ancient Rome, you'd have to walk up the rest of the ten floors. 19 = XIX. -tterrace]

A Question

What was in the attics of these ornately-roofed buildings? Some utilities, I imagine, but were all those windows and balconies and railings there for apartments, servants' quarters, offices, or just trim fronting unfinished space?


This photo brings back memories. I stayed at the Bellvue-Stratford during the Bicentennial celebrations of 1976 and had a wonderful time. The following week is when they had the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.


The home of Legionnaires' disease.

Lions and Tigers and Gargoyles, oh my!

One of the best pics of a 19-story building I've seen on Shorpy.

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