Former Magarity Ford Car Dealer Ship, Chestnut Hill, NorthWest Philadelphia, PA USA – August 24, 2012; On Tuesday night magenta colored light was pouring out of the windows of the former Magarity Ford dealership in Chestnut Hill. Inside was a film crew and a rock band.
Occasionally people stop to see what is going on inside the vintage building. “We took our car her to be serviced,” Jonathan Smith recalls. His father in-law, Fred Winston states, “I think it is great to see this happening.” Magarity Ford closed in November 2008. The building at 8200 Germantown Ave. is scheduled to be demolished this fall to make room for Bowman Properties’ retail/residential complex.
The building’s final act
The Philadelphia band 56 Men chose the Magarity building for its location to shoot a music video. The film crew was made up of Temple University students.
The band is working on a second album with a mix of alternative, pop and rock. On this night, the music they played seemed a good tribute to the old Magarity Ford building. Missing but not so hard to imagine in this setting; a shiny red convertible, fitted with an eight-track player and ready for adventure.
UK Bass player, Ian Mellanby says he’s a big fan of Americana. “This is a nice space”, he says as he looks around. “I think that they gonna tear this building down, I heard. They don’t build buildings like this anymore.” Mellanby continues, “You could have a real nice art center, a farmers market in the car park and an antique market. It could be a center piece for the neighborhood.”