The Baldwin Park Neighborhood

Watch ONLINE via ZOOM from the safety and comfort of your home. A link with instructions will be provided at 3 pm on September 26, 2023. If you register past that time, the link will be included in the confirmation email. 

A replay link will be emailed to all registrants the Friday after the presentation.

The Baldwin Park Neighborhood

presented by Joe Walsh

The Baldwin Park neighborhood is the area within two blocks of Matthias Baldwin Park, located at 423 North 19th Street. This talk will trace the history of the neighborhood from the Lenni Lenape; to the country estates of William Penn and Andrew Hamilton; to how steam, coal, iron, and railroads allowed the industrialists including Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, William Bement, and Asa Whitney to occupy a site away from rivers; to deindustrialization; and to attempts at urban renewal including the Franklin Town project. The talk will feature the nine buildings in the neighborhood listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Linear axes (the Callowhill Cut, the Ben Franklin Parkway, and the Vine Street Expressway) that established then modified the neighborhood will be examined. And you will learn why this neighborhood is the most French neighborhood in the most French city in the United States!

Joe Walsh is retired from the medical field and likes to make connections in time and place to what he sees out his front door in the Baldwin Park neighborhood.

$15 | General Admission

$10 | Alliance Member 

Students with ID, residents of the neighborhoods being presented, or individuals with financial difficulties free with email to