Tacony-Disston designated as a National Historic District

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Historic Preservation Board last week unanimously approved the nomination of the Tacony-Disston Community Development District as a National Historic District. The next step is approval by the National Park Service, expected in the spring.

Attending the meeting were Lou Iatarola, Anthony Naccarato, Mike Thaete and Bill Pulaski. They brought letters of support from state Sen. John Sabatina Jr., state Rep. Mike Driscoll and City Councilman Bobby Henon.

Upon the official designation, Tacony leaders will hold a community event to celebrate the milestone.

The district is roughly bounded by the 4500 to 4900 blocks of Magee St., Princeton Avenue, Tyson Avenue, Disston Park and the 6900 block of Cottage St.

“Northeast Philadelphia has been known for its hard-working, middle-class families that have been drivers of the regional economy for more than a century,” Sabatina said. “This recognition affirms the region’s place in history.”

The arrival of Henry Disston in 1871 precipitated Tacony’s rise into an industrial town. Located along the Delaware River at Unruh Avenue, Disston’s factory became the largest manufacturer of saws in the world.

In his letter supporting the nomination, Sabatina said, “The recognition of the historic importance of this community in Pennsylvania history brings about great pride in the Tacony neighborhood.” ••