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Then and Now: Answer Edition

We reveal the answer to last week's photo challenge.

Fantastic work Phoenixville. As usual, Patch readers demonstrated a tremendous knowledge of the borough in last week's Then and Now challenge. The quickest to the draw though, for the second consecutive week, was Mark Chester, who recognized the building in question as the Robb Estate.

Below, via the terrific folks over at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville area, is some context.

152 Main Street. The photograph was taken in 1909 of Miss Lillie Bell Robb and Mr. William R. Hall. The lawn at the gracious Robb house extended from Morgan Street to Washington Ave. In 1920 the home was sold to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). By 1929 the Civil War Veteran members of the GAR were dwindling and the clubhouse was sold to the American Legion.

Shortly after the photograph was taken, Miss Robb became Mrs. Hall. It was apparently a happy union as the portrait from 1952 shows.

Lynn B. February 26, 2013 at 03:56 AM
they paved paradise and put up a parking lot

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