Spruce Hill

House Three, located at 4226 Baltimore Avenue, was acquired in the spring of 1970.

House One, located at 3833 Walnut Street, opened in February 1970.

The Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School, a pre-K–12 school, formed as the education hub of the West Philadelphia Initiatives.

Exterior of the Arena shortly before its auction in 1977

White outmigration, owner turnover, and construction of the Spectrum brought the Arena to its final years of operation.

Excited spectators pack the stands of the Arena at a 1966 76ers and Celtics game.

The Arena reached its peak in the post-war years with the emergence of professional basketball.

The Arena began as an ice rink, but quickly expanded to an arena used for events like boxing matches, rodeos, and major political events.

The West Philadelphia Community Free School—an experimental school annex created to alleviate overcrowding at West Philadelphia High School—was ultimately undone by conflicting visions for how it would function.

Exterior of the Arena shortly before its auction in 1977

Exterior of the Arena shortly before its auction in 1977.

Excited spectators pack the stands of the Arena at a 1966 76ers and Celtics game.

Excited spectators pack the stands of the Arena at a 1966 76ers and Celtics game.

The Arena's marquee was highly visible to Market Elevated passengers traveling to or from the city.

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