Exhibit offers rare look inside Philadelphia rowhouse living

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Walk into Cherry Street Pier along the Delaware Waterfront this month and bear right, you'll see what looks like a mini replica of rowhouse blocks that you would find while taking a stroll through Philadelphia.

There are actual stoops, and photos of the outside of rowhomes.

"The traditional Philadelphia rowhouse blocks are a real treasure," said Brian Phillips. "They're delicate."

Phillips is the curator of this new exhibit called "Rowhouse Workshop."

"(We) were able to gain the trust of four blocks to share intimate stories and details of their lives and to be able to record it here at this exhibition," said Phillips.

"That's an opportunity for anybody that comes to Cherry Street Pier to write down a word or phrase and be able to be a part of the collective story of the city," said Phillips.

The four blocks in this exhibit are:
  • 900 N Orianna (Northern Liberties)
  • 4000 Cambridge (West Philly) 
  • 1900 S Jessup (South Philly) 
  • The S 13th Street block that does the Miracle on South 13th Street Christmas light display (South Philly)