The History of the Little Berlin Fairgrounds

Before the “Little Berlin Fairgrounds” occupied the space between York and Boston streets, there was the Union Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. 

The Presbytery of Philadelphia merged the Kensington and York street churches in 1892 at York and Coral streets. The united congregation flourished for the next 30 years, but after World War I membership began to decline. In 1974, the roof of the church collapsed. Instead of attempting a costly repair, the congregation merged with the nearby Cumberland Street United Methodist Church at Cumberland and Coral Streets, as the Union Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.

Below is an excerpt from “The Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia” originally published in 1895