Wayne Junction’s Van Straaten and Havey building is no more [Gallery]

The former Van Straaten and Havey silk mill building, on which demolition work began on Berkley Street last month, has been reduced to rubble.

Though among the 17 former industrial sites included in the Wayne Junction National Historic District, which recognizes a long period in Philadelphia’s history when the streets surrounding the train station were alive with industrial activity, it was deemed to dangerous to remain standing.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections deemed it in imminent danger of collapse once a portion of the ceiling fell in and undermined a support wall, said spokeswoman Maura Kennedy.

Before that, the site had racked up property maintenance violations for trash, weeds and being unsecured.

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The Van Straaten and Havey property is owned by a seemingly defunct non-profit, the Eddie Francis Cancer and Recovery Foundation.

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