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The District of Southwark

Rich in American history, the city of Philadelphia and its original surrounding districts have evolved over centuries, as neighborhoods have grown, evolved and even changed names. Southwark is one such locale. Arguably the oldest English Settlement in Philadelphia, it was originally deemed the “District of Southwark” by the city General Assembly on May 14, 1762 with the intention of connecting communities to collaboratively approach challenges, including urban planning and street building.

In 1854, Southwark was officially incorporated into the City of Philadelphia. At the time, the borough comprised the area bounded on the north by South Street, on the west by Passyunk Avenue from 5th and South to 10th and Reed Street; then down Reed to 7th Avenue along Mifflin Street to the Delaware River.

Fast forward a couple hundred years. There are few references to the original District of Southwark that survived the change in millennium, aside from a couple retail shops and businesses. Locals have long since referred to the neighborhood as South Philly, Queen Village, and Pennsport. Regardless of what you call it, this historic area is becoming new again. The middle class neighborhoods and townhome communities represent remarkable opportunities for residential real estate purchase, retail initiatives, and placemaking.

We chose the name for this project with the rich history of that old neighborhood in mind—historically inspired homes that honored the best of both the old and the new. We’re proud to be part of the momentum and economic development of Philadelphia. It seems fitting to be making history in a city with so much historical significance.

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Photo: Fabric Row, along 4th Street – Photo courtesy of Southwark Historical Society