During the early 1900s, Brewerytown was home to many successful breweries. Revitalization projects along Girard Avenue, return of the Route 15 Trolley, and new residential development proposals all combine to suggest that the neighborhood lifestyle is increasingly appreciated.
Girard College is a private, academic boarding school for grades 1 through 12. All students are from families headed by a single parent or guardian, and each receives a full scholarship. Girard College was formed by an unprecedented act of American philanthropy. The school was constructed and endowed from the fortune of Stephen Girard (1750-1831), a French immigrant who was probably the richest man in America at the time of his death. The money he left to create Girard College was the largest private charitable donation up to that time in American history.
Sources: City of Philadelphia Planning Commission; Girard College.