Fifth and Penn Reading

Below are various images of the southeast corner of Fifth and Penn Streets in downtown Reading.

Fifth and Penn Reading - 1940s
Photo Courtesy of the Passing Scene

The southeast corner of Fifth and Penn, previously the site of Reading’s well-known Mansion House, as it appeared in the 1940s.

Fifth and Penn Reading - 1977
image courtesy of ReadingPAfire.com

On April 3rd, 1977 the building housed a McDonalds when a fire broke out around 10:30pm. Famous Maid was another popular store in this building at the time.

Fifth and Penn Reading - 2016

Today, the fifth and penn building holds a Pretzel Factory store, a clothing shop, a marking firm and a pharmaceutical store.

 

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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