Our home this week is a home to many. It is an apartment house on Penn Street. This building is immaculately maintained by the owners.
However, I must confess I know this building well since it was my first home when I moved back to Frankford many years ago. Then when my wife and I married we lived there on the top floor center for several years until we bought a house.
I got to know the owner at that time, John Corcoran. He showed me his old picture of the house as it was built. A unique old house of a style I could not name even today. It was significantly modified for conversion into apartments with a large addition in the rear. But the grand old main stairway was still there with the old dark wood banister that must have seen many a child sliding down its length.
I think John would be happy to see it looking so good today.
Walking down Cheltenham Avenue a few weeks ago I found this very neat and clean row house. What attracted my attention was that the lawn and greenery were so well kept.
The thing that is the bane of a homeowners existence in Frankford is street trash. It does not belong to you. You did not buy that candy at the 7-11 or the cigar either but somehow the papers from them end up on your sidewalk. This conscientious homeowner cleans up the trash in front of his house and probably goes up and down a few doors just to make sure it all looks good.
Over on the 1300 block of Church Street we had to stop and get a picture of this beautiful garden spot. The owner told us we had missed the butterfly and hummingbird season but this home is truly an oasis on this September afternoon.
The spotlight this week falls on this pair of twins in the 4700 block of Penn Street. Clean sidewalk, neat and uncluttered porch, hanging baskets and a beautiful mini garden make this one stand out.