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Hotel Flanders: 1905

Hotel Flanders: 1905

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1905. "Hotel Flanders." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view from October of 2013.

Not The Union League Building

That's not The Union League Building behind the hotel. It was, at the time, the 5th District Police Station.

From head to toe

Chiropody, Manicuring and Hair Dressing - that about covers it all.

Victorian Down the Street

Below is a shot of the Victorian that Downer mentions in a previous post. You can see it peeking out further down the street past the Flanders. Neat building!

However, just down the block

215 (South) Walnut is still there, now an Applebee's.

As always...

A tip pf the Hatlo hat to Shorpy. The architecture of this era was so richly detailed - you could spend 8-10 minutes examining that photo. At the same time you could imagine how incredibly expensive it would be to maintain, if it had been preserved. All that ornate masonry, in a freeze/thaw climate zone. Fuggetaboutit - there are not enough tuck-pointers in existence to keep such a structure in good form.

Hotel Flanders

A review from many years ago rated it as "okely-dokely."

Miss Dimond

I wonder what she was selling? Dresses, millinery, possibly foretelling the future? Also the plaque to the left of her window shows a Cross on what could be a coffin, I'm pretty sure that was part of the architectural ornamentation. I tried Googling the image but couldn't find an exact match.

Bank of America

Just another modern building at the location. It looks as thought the building next to the old Flanders on Walnut is still in place, but with its front drastically altered. Not in the street view, the old Victorian - I think it's a Victorian - with the gabled roof, on 15th is, thankfully, still present.

Here's the Skinny -

Nine stories tall and no wider than a two car garage - I'm surprised a strong wind didn't knock it over!

Later known as

The Hi-Diddley-Hotel Flanders.

No Trace Left

Wow, what a photo. I used to work in a building at the southwest corner of 15th and Walnut (the current home of Stephen Starr's Butcher & Singer, which is the former home of Striped Bass, as seen in the "The Sixth Sense." From what I can gather, the Hotel Flanders used to be on the southeast corner of 15th and Walnut, with the main entrance on 15th.

12th & Spruce!

Still there!

[The skinny building at 12th and Spruce is not the same as the one in our photo. - Dave]

No Mo' Hotel

The hotel, at 15th and Walnut, was demolished long ago, as has much of old Center City. The Union League Building, the Second Empire style building seen behind the hotel, still stands, at least.

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