Historic Districts and Historic Sites in West Philadelphia

An 1854 watercolor depicting Hamilton Terrace, a suburban development in West Philadelphia showing five suburban villas designed by Samuel Sloan. This is the west side of S. 41st Street between Baltimore and Chester Avenues. Three of these villas remain in various states of preservation.

Historic Districts and Historic Sites 
in West Philadelphia

University City and West Philadelphia have several districts and many individual sites that are of historic interest; many have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The most recent neighborhood that is a historic district is Powelton Village (also on the National Register). Other historic neighborhoods that are eligible to become local historic districts in order to preserve their character and architectural legacy are Garden Court, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, Belmont, and Walnut Hill.

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Historic Districts

West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Roughly bounded by U. of Pennsylvania campus, Woodlands Cemetery, Poweltown Ave., 52nd St., & Woodland Ave.announcement boundary description Garden Court 46th to 50th Streets, Pine Street to Larchwood Avenue in West PhiladelphiaPowelton Village 32nd to 39th Streets, Lancaster Avenue to Spring Garden Street in West Philadelphiastreet-by-street inventory  at Powelton Village site University of Pennsylvania Campus and Vicinity Roughly bounded by Hamilton Walk, South St., 32nd St., Walnut St., 36th St., Spruce St., 39th St.College Hall Furness Library Sansom Row (3400 Block of Sansom Street) University Avenue Bridge 

Dental hall, University of Pennsylvania. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection. c. 1904Parkside Historic District Bounded by Penn-Central Railroad Tracks, 38th Street, Girard, Parkside, and Belmont AvenuesHaddington Historic District 6000 Blocks of Market, Ludlow, and Chestnut StreetsOverbrook Farms Historic District Roughly bounded by City Line Avenue, 58th Street, Woodbine Avenue, and 64th StreetCobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District Roughly bounded by Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce St., 62nd St., and Angora St.

Historic Sites

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In the Cedar Park Area

Regent-Rennoc Court 5100 block of Regent St.1311-1327 S. 52nd St.

The Woodlands

Woodlands National Register Nomination 4000 Woodland Avenue

Hamilton Mansion at the Woodlands Cemetery. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection. c. 1900

More Sites

Fairmount Park Fort Mifflin Marina Road and Penrose Ferry RoadJohn Bartram House and Gardens 54th Street and Eastwick Avenue

Sites in Powelton Village

Frederick A. Poth Houses  3301-3311 Powelton Ave.

Poth and Schmidt Development Houses  3306-3316 Arch St.

The Powelton Apartments  3500-3520 Powelton Ave.214-218 N. 35th St.215-221 N. 36th St.

John Shedwick Development Houses  3433-3439 Lancaster Ave.

30th Street Station Centennial Bank  3200 Market St.designed by Frank Furness

Sites in the Spruce Hill Area

The Drexel Development Historic District The area around Pine, Delancey, 39th, and 40th Streets

The Hamilton Family Estate 4039-4041 Baltimore Ave.4000-4018 Pine St.

The Pinehurst Apartments 4511-4523 Pine St.324-334 S. 45th St.

Woodland Terrace 501-519, 500-520 Woodland Terrace

Sites in the Walnut Hill Area

Breslyn Apartments 4624-4642 Walnut St.201-213 S. 47th St.

LaBlanche Apartments 5100 Walnut St.

WFIL Studios 4548 Market St.Site of American Bandstand broadcasts

Kirkbride’s Hospital 111 N. 49th St.

Paul Robeson House 4951 Walnut St.

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