The Neighborhood of Fairmount
Philadelphia's Art Museum Area
BrewerytownThe Bergdoll & Psotta Brewery was built here on 29th Street in the 1870's. The Bergdoll family became very wealthy making beer. The brownstone masion at 22nd and Green Streets was the family's home for many years.
Grover C. Bergdoll, son of the founder, spent his time flying planes, racing cars and chasing women. When the U.S. started drafting men into the service during the First World War, Grover asked to be assigned as a flight instructor. The government turned him down, and Mr. Bergdoll disappeared, refusing to enter the military. He was eventually found and arrested in 1920.
The brewery itself closed down some time later. Today, the buildings are privately owned condos and offices.
Some folks will tell you that this is the neighborhood of Brewerytown. Others insist it is part of Fairmount. Neighborhood boundries are often debatable, but Brewerytown does border Fairmount here in the area and continues to the north.
The tour continues up to 29th and Poplar Sreets. We'll turn right and head east on Poplar until we reach 24th Street and Saint Nicholas Church.
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