Casa Ravello

Casa Ravello Milk Station. Image provided by Historical Society of Pennsylvania

701 Catharine Street

Now a parking lot, a model tenement called Casa Ravello once was located at this site. Founded in 1902, Casa Ravello offered reasonably priced housing, penny lunches, pure milk, and educational programming to the Italian community. It was a branch of the Starr Centre Association headquartered at 7th and Lombard streets. The Starr Centre was established in 1897 as a consortium of community service and philanthropic programs serving the health and welfare of the city's poor.