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[The Bergdoll Brewery Building] The Bergdoll & Psotta Brewery was built here on 29th Street in the 1870's. The Bergdoll family became very wealthy making beer. The brownstone masion at 22nd and Green Streets was the family's home for many years.

Grover C. Bergdoll, son of the founder, spent his time flying planes, racing cars and chasing women. When the U.S. started drafting men into the service during the First World War, Grover asked to be assigned as a flight instructor. The government turned him down, and Mr. Bergdoll disappeared, refusing to enter the military. He was eventually found and arrested in 1920.

The brewery itself closed down some time later. Today, the buildings are privately owned condos and offices.

[Bergdoll Brewery] Some folks will tell you that this is the neighborhood of Brewerytown. Others insist it is part of Fairmount. Neighborhood boundries are often debatable, but Brewerytown does border Fairmount here in the area and continues to the north.

The tour continues up to 29th and Poplar Sreets. We'll turn right and head east on Poplar until we reach 24th Street and Saint Nicholas Church.

Alphabetical Tour Menu
The Bache-Martin School
Eastern State Penitentiary
Girard College
The Joan of Arc Statue
Olivet-Covenant Church
Pennsylvania Avenue
The Philadelphia Nursing Home
The Pink Chapel
Reservoir Homes
The Smoke Stack
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Hedwig Church
St. Nicholas Church
Von Colln Park and Playground
Ward Memorial Park
The 29th St. Bridge

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