Sunday, February 21, 2010
Mount Airy was recently named one of the best neighborhoods in the northeast in the Best Old House Neighborhoods 2010 list created by “This Old House Magazine.” I had been to nearby Chestnut Hill before and always enjoyed the architecture of the old houses and the cobblestone roads but had never been to Mount Airy. The recognition of being in the magazine’s list sparked my interest to check it out for myself.
As I drove into the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, I was welcomed by a maroon sign reading “Welcome to Mount Airy.” At first the neighborhood did not look like anything special to me. Just the same old strip of various stores seen in many other sections of Philadelphia. As I drove further along the buildings seemed to become more of the historical type architecture I expected. I decided to turn onto a side street to check out the houses the magazine boasted of.
I turned at Pelham Rd. and got out of my car to get a better look at the houses. Some of the houses were smaller and quaint while others were large mansions with pillars and all. The houses really were amazing as I noticed the tiling on the doorways and some of the stained glass windows on the houses that you might not notice as you drive by. Mt. Airy really is a hidden gem of a neighborhood in Philadelphia if not the whole northeast of the U.S. Maybe being recognized by a national magazine will get more people to come see what all the hype is about like I did.
By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi, Group 39, Spot News
Posted by Andrew Wagner at 7:23 PM