Birthplace of famous South Philly opera singer Mario Lanza demolished

Jul 20, 2018 1893

Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born.

The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments and 10 parking garage spaces on the Lanza property and adjacent lots. The entire proposal spans the lots of 630-638 Christian St. Danny Vanore grew up with the Lanza family and was one of the South Philadelphians vocally opposed to tearing down the house. A professional singer who plays gigs across the Delaware Valley, Vanore was inspired by Lanza growing up.

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