Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront

The wharves and docks of William Penn’s city that helped build a nation are gone—lost to the onslaught of more than three hundred years of development. Yet the bygone streets and piers of Philadelphia’s central waterfront were once part of the greatest trade center in the American colonies. Local historian Harry Kyriakodis chronicles the history of the city’s original port district, from Quaker settlers who first lived in caves along the Delaware and the devastating yellow fever epidemic of 1793 to its heyday as a maritime center and the twentieth century, which saw much of the historic riverfront razed. Join Kyriakodis as he strolls Front Street, Delaware Avenue and Penn’s Landing to rediscover the story of Philadelphia’s lost waterfront.

See for the publisher’s ad, or search for “Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront” on Facebook.  A press release is attached.  The book is now available via as well as brick & mortar bookstores.  I’ve posted the Preface, Introduction and Epilogue at; below is a very short excerpt from the Introduction.  And for more about Kyriakodis.

Harry Kyriakodis is a staff attorney for the American Law Institute and ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education. He is a producer of teleseminars for ALI-ABA and has been the librarian for both organizations since 1992. A historian and writer about Philadelphia, Harry has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: about two thousand titles, new and old. He is a founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and has lived at Pier 3 Condominium at Penn’s Landing since 1997, when and where his fascination with Philadelphia’s waterfront district began. Harry regularly gives walking tours and presentations on this and other unique yet unappreciated parts of the city for various groups. He is a graduate of La Salle University (1986) and Temple University School of Law (1993) and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery.

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