4th & Penn, Before & After CNA

Before 4th and Penn was torn down in 1980 to give way for the construction of CNA, there were multiple businesses on the block. On the corner all the way on the left was Saylor Food, a fresh produce and goods store. To the right of that was a State Liquor store, which was once Liner’s Furniture, and besides that was an Acme Food Store.

photos from the Collection of M. Willett

4th & Penn 1970s
Before (1970s)
4th & Penn 1980
After (1980)
4th & Penn
Today (2018)


Born and raised in Berks, I am fascinated by the style, design & culture of the mid-late 20th century. I started this website to research and build a collection of the places, things and stories I have heard about my entire life. Read more here.

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