SPRING GARDEN HISTORY
Subdivided from a tract of land owned by William Penn known as Springettsbury Farm, Spring Garden was developed for the newly emerging class of well-to-do industrialists in the mid-to-late 19th century and became Philadelphia's first Victorian neighborhood.
The physical make-up of the area evolved through the 1930's, with the addition of popular Victorian style architecture (Second Empire, Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, Italian Renaissance, etc) to existing Italianate structures, all within the City's growing street grid system.
With working factories bordering the neighborhood to the north and south, Spring Garden became a popular destination for Puerto Rican migrants in the mid 20th century, and is recognized as Philadelphia's original "barrio."
Waning industrial production led the area to fall into neglect towards the mid-to-late 20th century, and resulted in cheaper housing and opportunities for revitalization that drew a new group of artists, teachers and others to the neighborhood. It was a core group of these residents who formed the Spring Garden Civic Association in the 1960's.
Since then, the SGCA has worked - along with its partner organization, the Spring Garden Community Development Corporation (SGCDC, established 1997) - to revitalize the community, fight crime, and reestablish and maintain the neighborhood's historical & cultural heritage.
Both organizations are committed to rid the area of blight, address crime issues, grow a vibrant family of small businesses, and bring its ever-changing demographic of residents new services, amenities, and opportunities in what is now one of the most beautiful, safest, and sought-after neighborhoods to call home in the City of Philadelphia.