Girard Estate: Ideal City Homes

Produced by: 
Girard Estate Area Residents & Girard Estate Neighborhood Association
10 min 37 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.5 compilation DVD.

Stephen Girard, the wealthiest American citizen of his time, willed to Philadelphia his 600-acre farm on the southern most tip of the city. In 1999, the Girard Estate neighborhood—now made up of privately-owned, tree-lined homes—was designated an official historic district. Today, as proud older residents, often on fixed incomes, struggle to maintain their properties, eager young families are attracted by the possibilities they see in the beautiful homes and tranquil, shady streets. This video calls upon residents’ memories to illuminate the tensions and restrictions created by the historic district designation.