A Manayunk home distantly connected to the pop star Taylor Swift has been added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, but its addition has nothing to do with the "Bad Blood" singer.
So, haters, feel free to shake it off.
Rather, the Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday voted to add 319 Green Lane to the city's list of historic places due to a former owner, Charles Carmine Antonio Baldi — a prominent Philadelphia businessman and civic leader from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He's also Swift's great-great-grandfather on her father's side.
The commission voted to add the home, currently a multi-use residence, on the ground that it is "associated with the life of a person significant in the past," one of 10 possible specifications for the designation. Previously, Baldi was honored with the naming of the C.C.A. Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia in 1976.
"No history of Philadelphia in the early 20th century is without mention of Charles C.A. Baldi," Baldi's nomination, written by Philadelphia author and historian Celeste Morello, reads.
Born in 1862, Baldi was an Italian immigrant who came to Philadelphia around 1877. Initially, he worked as an interpreter for Italian railroad employees at the Schuylkill Valley Navigation & Railroad Co. before being promoted to paymaster at the company.
By 1886, Baldi had opened his own coal yard on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, which he operated until his death in 1930. Swift's great-great-grandfather reportedly supplied the yard with coal from his own mine in Schuylkill County, and eventually made a fortune in the industry.