Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit


Monday, April 8, 2019

speakers and authors
Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Harry Kyriakodis is a librarian, historian and writer about Philadelphia and has collected a library of more than 2,800 books about the City of Brotherly Love. He is a founding member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city.

Joel Spivak is an architect, artist, author and community activist in Philadelphia where he helped lead the renaissance of South Street in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He is the author of 3 books on Philadelphia railroads and public transit. Both Harry and Joel are long-time members of OE/SIA.

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 Refreshments               6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if preregistered        $15 if not reserved
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, 640 Water Works Drive
You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC

Registration: E-mail names of members and guests to
reesepdavis@gmail.com or phone Reese at 610-692-4456


200 Years of Water: The Manayunk Canal 1819-2019


Hosted by Manayunk Canal Bicentennial 2019 and Fairmount Water Works

Wednesday March 13 at 6 PM to 7:30

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Manayunk Canal, which opened in March 1819, Fairmount Water Works presents a free Speakers Forum about the past, present, and future of the canal. Come hear how the Canal was saved from expressways and parking lots in the 1970s. Many of the canal saviors will be in attendance!

Attendees receive a 12-page commemorative booklet “Fairmount and the Manayunk Canal 1819-2019: Two Hundred Years of Confluence”

7:45 PM – Informal celebrating, Happy Hour prices at Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main St

Show your booklet to get the discount.

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center
7 Lock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

The link below provides information on parking and public transportation