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The clergy abuse lawyers from Port Richmond are excited to present to you the article below. We are thrilled to take you on this journey with us through the local neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

An Account of Port Richmond

Port Richmond is a neighborhood within the River Wards section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is bounded by Castor Avenue on the northeast, the Delaware River on the southeast, Somerset Street on the southwest, and Trenton Avenue and the railroad on the northwest. Although some people have referred to Port Richmond as Richmond, there is an area at the most northeast part of the neighborhood called Richmond. However, this is not used often and the whole neighborhood is just known as Port Richmond for the majority of the time.

During colonial times, the area that is Port Richmond was owned by Anthony Palmer, the founder of the neighborhood of Kensington in Philadelphia. In 1704, he had put together several parcels of land to build the "Hope Farm" estate. Palmer later sold it to William Ball in 1729. As time went on, manufacturing began at the southern end of the estate. The area would become known as Balltown. During the 1800s, Port Richmond was a major terminus for colliers receiving coal from the Reading Railroad facility at the port and transporting it to steamships in other locations.

In the early 1900s, Port Richmond was a working-class neighborhood with many European immigrants who worked long hours to earn enough money to purchase their own row homes. During the American Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II, and so forth, Port Richmond played a major maritime role. Established in 1830 in the neighborhood, the William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company built the battleships USS Massachusetts and the USS Indiana for the Spanish–American Work. Other shipyards in the area also built surface ships like the USS Kensington during World War I. During World War II, the neighborhood was home to a number of docks and wharves for the loading and unloading of war cargo.

Today, Port Richmond has an extremely large Polish American community. Other communities that make up the area are Irish American, German, Italian and Albania. Many of the homes in the area have been refurbished and are occupied by younger people employed in Philadelphia.

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Historic Sites

The rich and vibrant neighborhood of Port Richmond has deep historical roots that lead back to the 1600s. Some of the historical structures that tell the story of the neighborhood include:

  • Russell H. Conwell School
  • Richmond School
  • George L. Horn School
  • James Martin School
  • Francis E. Willard School
  • Thomas Powers School
  • John Paul Jones Junior High School

These historic school buildings have all been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Imperial Plaza

For retail purposes in Port Richmond, residents and visitors typically frequent the shopping areas along Aramingo Avenue. One of these shopping areas is the Imperial Plaza. The Imperial Plaza is a shopping mall situated between East Ontario Street and East Tioga Street. It offers stores and services such as a Wells Fargo Bank, Social Security Administration- Phone Service Only, Nail Salon, Rent-A-Center, Madrag, Ross Dress for Less, Slim Waist Trainer Store, H&R Block, USA Blues, Aramingo Family Dentistry, Sta Imaging of Aramingo, Aramingo Jewelers, and Rainbow Shops. Restaurants like Subway, Domino's Pizza and IHOP also operate at the plaza.

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