Many of original housing units are similar in design to the buildings pictured here in the early 1950's.
Because Vintage Avenue was elevated, the construction seen here was for a retaining wall to support the road addition.The construction industry around Philadelphia was crippled during the early years of the Great Depression, with more than 80 percent of construction workers unemployed, and projects like the Vintage Avenue expansion helped individuals and families through tough economic times.Stronorov and Kastner designed the buildings to contain a large number of apartments, while providing open exterior spaces between each building.The development team selected an underdeveloped location in North Philadelphia because the buildings required a whole city block of space.Philly Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects employed thousands of local workers on municipal projects that would improve the lives of city residents.
The construction workers shown here in 1936 were widening Vintage Avenue (later renamed Civic Center Boulevard) in West Philadelphia.
The original Richard Allen Homes buildings were demolished in 2003 to incorporate new individual housing units.
(Library of Congress) As part of the Works Progress Administration(WPA), the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) employed thousands of writers across the United States during the Great Depression to author a variety of works.
Those who still had jobs faced unpleasant working conditions, rarely received raises, and worked long hours.
Governor Gifford Pinchot brought attention to the issue in 1933, when he created a commission to inspected textile mills around Pennsylvania.
WPA projects like the City Hall renovation employed skilled people from a variety of occupations in an attempt to alleviate the high unemployment that affected every industry during the Great Depression.