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The former offices of Westmoreland Coal Company was used by the Salvation Army as day care facility dating back to the Great Depression. The building has sat vacant since it was sold in 2005. | Copyright © 2014, Bob Bruhin. All rights reserved. (prints via

After 12 years of stalled plans and vacancy, conversion of the former Westmoreland Coal Company headquarters for residential use is finally taking shape. Dominating the corner of 3rd Street and Willing’s Alley since the late 1800s, the old office building is largely known for its use by the Salvation Army for a day care facility since the Great Depression. The building was listed on the local historic register in 1999, and lends distinction, density, and a dash of mystery to a block lined with Society Hill town homes.

Source: New Life For An Old Coal Country Outpost In Society Hill | Hidden City Philadelphia

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