This 1893 rendering shows the proposals for the Reading Terminal before it was built. Today it houses the Pennsylvania Convention Center. At its base is the Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market, in operation since it opened at the turn of the century.
These plans show the vision for the underground concourse beneath City Hall Station which was completed in 1928.
A particularly grand proposal for the Pennsylvania Railroads passenger terminal, now known as 30th Street Station.
Instead of this grand Baltimore and Ohio train station, Philadelphians can find an apartment tower at 24th and Chestnut.
This 1929 photo shows the effects of a fire which burned down the Broad Street Station at Broad and Market. The site was not fully razed until the 1950’s, but you can still see where John F Kennedy Boulevard and Philadelphia’s high-rise district would go.
There were many proposals for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and while Philadelphia architect, John H. Windrim’s proposal did not make the final cut, it looks awfully close to the design proposed by the project architect, Jacques Gréber.