Philadelphia, PA building collapse, Jul 1920

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PART OF BLOCK FRONT CRASHES INTO STREET

Section of Condemned Building Gives Way to Effects of Decay

With a crash that could be heard for several blocks, about a ton of the brick work composing the third-story front of an unoccupied building on the north side of Sansom street between Second and Dock streets fell into the street shortly after noon yesterday. That part of Sansom street was later roped off by police.

The building which was erected more than 150 years ago is only a few feet from the historic site where the Baldwin Locomotive Works were started. In those days what is now Dock street was a creek and the ships of Stephen Girard there loaded and unloaded products brought from the East Indies and other ports.

The buildings in that block were condemned by the city some years ago as being unsafe. Soon after that the tenants of the buildings moved and the decay effected by the elements hs since then wrought the complete ruin of the whole block.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 10 Jul 1920