Join the EPX Outreach and Events Committee as they welcome everyone to our first EPX Game Night! Thursday, February 21, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the EPX Center 1729 S. 11th Street. (Middle building north of the main school on Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School)
Come play current, and VINTAGE, board games and enjoy light snacks and soft drinks!
Located at the northeast corner of 13th and Mifflin Streets, the Mifflin Substation was built in 1913. It houses large generators which served the electrical needs of the City Transit Division’s trolleys. The Substation still supplies back-up power for the Broad Street Subway. The building is built of brown brick with terra cotta accents and features four large, arched windows on the Mifflin Street side.
In 2008 students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Planning Program conducted a study of East Passyunk Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. The students worked with community members from the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) to identify potential neighborhood improvements. Their report identified the Substation as a source of blight and noted that “…time and vandalism have taken their toll on the exterior. The terra cotta band near the base of the building has pieces missing. A number of window panes are cracked, and green metal screening that was installed to protect the glass is rusting and hanging haphazardly.” The students suggested that the building could be turned into an attraction through better lighting and some form of “window dressing” to mask the broken glass and rusted screening.
PHASE ONE: The “East Passyunk Passages” Mural Panels
In the fall of 2010, EPX applied for and received a $10,000 grant from the Dept. of Community and Economic Development with the assistance of Senator Larry Farnese. With funding secured, EPX chose neighborhood artist Donna Backues to design the window screens. Titled “East Passyunk Passages – Crossing Through The Ages” the five vignettes depict scenes from the neighborhood’s past and present. The transportation-related function of the building is woven into the artwork, illustrating how people have moved to and through South Philadelphia through the ages. The panels were fabricated and installed by Urban Sign, and the Mural Arts Program provided valuable expertise to help realize the project.
Each window will represents a different century and the people who called the area home at that time.
Window One – Pre-history through 17th-century: Wiccaco
This window depicts the area’s first inhabitants – the Lenni-Lenape who fished and hunted nearby. One of the Lenape’s walking trails developed into what is now Passyunk Avenue.
Window Two – 18th century: New Sweden
Tall-masted ships bring Swedish, Dutch and Finnish settlers to the area which is named Nya Sverige – “New Sweden.”
Window Three – 19th century: Moyamensing and Southwark
Horse-drawn trolleys bring new residents to the rapidly-expanding villages of Moyamensing and Southwark. In 1854 these villages were incorporated into the City of Philadelphia. The steeple of Annunciation BVM Roman Catholic Church, built in 1860, rises in the background.
Window Four – 20th century: South Philly
Electric trolleys and the subway help transport waves of immigrants to their new home in America. South Philadelphia becomes a melting pot of Germans, Irish, French, Jewish, Slavic, Polish, African Americans and others. Italian-Americans make up the largest group in our area.
Window Five – Current Day – East Passyunk Crossing
Buses have replaced trolleys, and new neighborhood names are crafted, but our area – where East Passyunk Avenue crosses the heart of South Philly – continues to welcome a mix of people from around the region and world.
The fifth window on the building’s Mifflin Street side presents a problem. This window is part of a bay that projects out from the facade. This opening likely functioned as a doorway through which the equipment installed in the building were loaded.
The opening comes within a few feet of the sidewalk level so there are concerns about vandalism/graffiti.
The material used to produce artwork for this space will need to be durable.
EPX is currently evaluating options and raising funds to complete the next phase of this project.
A mosaic-covered decorative band is proposed to cover the broken and missing terra cotta at the base of the building’s Mifflin Street and 13th Street sides. This installation could weave together unique three-dimensional elements, such as tiles and other durable objects, representing aspects of the neighborhood’s diverse cultural past such as:
turtles and bear claws, symbols of the native Lenni Lenape
the blue & gold flag and heraldic coat of arms of the Swedish, the area’s first European settlers
various types of fish, representing the Italian Community’s beloved Christmas tradition “Feast of the Seven Fishes”
other elements representative of the Irish, German, and Jewish communities that once thrived in the area, along with the more recent Mexican and Southeast Asian immigrants
EPX supports and invites neighbors to attend the EPABID event Spirits & Suds with Santa!
Wednesday, December 12, 5:30-10pm …this holiday past-time will benefit EPX’s annual Holiday Giving and several needy families will receive gift cards to Super Markets, Pharmacy, Toy Stores and other stores.
Join Santa as he gets his jolly on at 12 East Passyunk bars, pubs and restaurants. The $5 admission gets you $3 craft beers, $4 merry cocktails and $5 snacks (select locations), a Santa or Elf hat, and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card. Cards will be stamped with your purchase of every drink or food item, and after collecting 5 stamps, you’ll be entered to win a package of $300 in gift certificates from the participating bars and other great prizes. Every stamp over 5 gets an extra chance.
Registration will be held at Urban Jungle (1526-30 EPA) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Stamp cards will be collected at Cantina Los Caballitos (1651 EPA) at 10pm. Participating Bars with food and drink specials are all on our Facebook Event Page.
Save the date for Sunday, December 9th from 5-7 bring a ream of copy paper to donate to Southwark Elementary School and receives drink and dining specials…details to follow! Sponsored by EPX Education Committee.
The December 2012 EPX General Membership meeting will be held on Monday, December 3rd, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcomed.
AGENDA: Click here.
This month’s guest speaker is Councilman James Kenney (Rescheduled!)
The meeting will be held at the EPX Center, 1729 S. 11th Street!
On the campus of Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School. (Previously the Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph) The New Office is the middle building of the three located just north of the main school. Go to the gate just north of the main entrance at 11th & Moore Streets and follow the NEW signs that read EPX Center!
Santa visits Beneficial Bank 1901 E. Passyunk Avenue on Saturday 12/8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mr. Claus will read excepts from the Valentine Davis story “Miracle on 34th Street” and his elves will distribute FREE juice boxes, cookies and more!
CRAFTY BALBOA HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW: Saturday December 8th from11am to 6pm! SS Neumann Goretti High School (1736 South Tenth Street)
Nicole Rae Styer Boutique and Nice Things…Handmade team up with Crafty Balboa to present 60+ artists and crafters for all your handmade holiday shopping. The first 50 shoppers in the door receive limited edition Girls Can Tell totes filled with special items from our vendors! Be sure to have your photo taken at the Photobot 3000 photobooth. For more info + updates visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/372948106123252/?fref=ts