Mansion and Property Information

1500 North Broad Street – Alfred E. Burk Mansion Holding File at The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB)

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s Preservation Matters Newsletter, December 2005.

Simon & Bassett Biography File at PAB.

Historical Context


Paul LaFollette, “The Burk Mansion: Symbolizing the End of an Era,” Temple University Faculty Herald 45, no. 3 (March 2015): 4.

Chris Powell, “Millionaire Alfred Burk’s mansion was built on a once-affluent North Broad Street,” The Temple News, 7 November 2002,

The Gilded Age

Sophie Finn, “Visit these 5 Gilded Age landmarks before it’s too late,” PlanPhilly, 6 February 2018,

Stephen Rose, “A History of North Broad Street,” The Temple News, 13 April 2010,

Robert Morris Skaler, Philadelphia’s Broad Street: South and North (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2003).

Steven Ujifusa, “The Lost World of North Broad Street,” The Philly History Blog, 8 June 2010,

Labor and Industrial History

Burk Brothers Leather Factory Project File from PAB

National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Nomination Form for Burk Brothers & Co. District at 913-916 N. 3rd Street

Philadelphia Leather” advertisement, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, 12.

Philadelphia Register of Historic Places (PRHP) Nomination Form for A. Pomerantz & Co Building

Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative entry for The Upholsterers’ International Union of North America.

SECEDES FROM CIO: Philadelphia Furniture Local 37 Charges Communist Control,” The New York Times, 18 August 1946, 39.

Society for Industrial Archeology, Oliver Evans Chapter, “Northern Liberties: Burk Bros.,” in Workshop of the World: A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia (Wallingford, PA: Oliver Evans Press, 1990). Adapted for the web in 2007.

Trade Union Democracy,” The New York Times, 18 May 1954, 28.

Wikipedia article for Kidskin leather

Previous 1500 N. Broad Residents

Lawrence Kestenbaum, “Burk family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” last modified 20 December 2015,

Joseph Singerly Biography File at PAB

Temple University & the Burk Mansion

Previous Usage

Robin Leary, “Temple finally closes day care center,” Philadelphia Tribune, 4 August 1995, 2-A.

Recent Discourse

Sean Carlin, “An uncertain future for a historic mansion,” The Temple News, 6 September 2011,

James Jennings, “Morning Headlines: Plans Still Unclear for Temple University’s Burk Mansion,” Philadelphia Magazine, 18 March 2015,

Bradley Maule, “Burk Mansion Threatened Amidst Temple’s Growth?” HiddenCity Philadelphia, 17 March 2015,

OCF Realty, “What’s With the Vacant Building at Broad and Jefferson?” 25 July 2013,, “Students question what Temple’s doing with Burk Mansion,” 25 April 2014,

Susan Snyder, “Temple weighs return of day care,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 October 2009.

WHYY, “Temple University debating what to do with Burk Mansion,” 6 September 2011,

Maps & Media

Alec Sullivan (Alecsull), “Exploring The Burk Mansion – ‘Building 1500’ at Temple University,” filmed 31 October 2012, YouTube video, 5:50, posted 1 October 2016, (Audio Optional, but not necessary)

Residence of Joseph Singerly engraving at The Free Library of Philadelphia

Research Links

Historic Maps at PhilaGeoHistory

Mapping Inequality by the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab

Photo Archives at

Temple University Libraries and the Temple University Special Collections Research Center