Original Source Information
NPS Form 10-900-a OMB Approval No. 1024-0018
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places
West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Historic District, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
SOUTH 45TH STREET
Unit block South 45 Street
31-43 South 45 Street
Seven, three-story, two-bay, orange brick composed block, Colonial Revival rowhouses in AABCBAA pattern. Ground floor recessed full width porches supported on limestone columns, large 1/1 window and off center entrance with transom. Second floor, two 1/1 sash windows, flat limestone lintel with keystone. Third floor, two 1/1 windows with pressed-metal pilaster surrounds, pressed-metal band with swags. Type A is differentiated by a false half-gambrel roof with pedimented cross gables decorated by pressed-metal floral design. The false gambrel is covered with red slate shingles. Type B is differentiated by false half-gambrel roof with broken pediment hipped cross gables decorated with pressed metal scrolls and sunburst pattern. The roof is covered with red slate shingles. Type C is differentiated by a false half-gambrel roof originally covered with red slate shingles. 37 retains the only complete original banister in the row but has lost its slate shingles on the upper slope of its roof. 7 Contributing
30-40 South 45 Street
See 4501-4531 Chestnut Street.
100 block South 45 Street
101-109 South 45 St.
See 4438 Chestnut Street.
113-119 South 45 St.
See 4447 Sansom Street.
123-129 South 45 St.
See 4446 Sansom Street.
137-149 South 45 St.
See 4431 Walnut Street.
200 block South 45 Street
201-205 South 45 St.
See 4420-4422 Walnut Street.
207-209 South 45 St.
211-213 South 45 St. .
Two, three-story, two-bay, semi-detached, orange brick, Colonial Revival/Eclectic houses. Ground floor porch remains on 213. Second floor has small two sided bay and arched window with brownstone voussoirs. Stone beltcourse. Third floor articulated as a double-bay hipped roof tower. 2 Contributing.
One story brick front office addition c. 1925: 211
Porch infilled: 213
215-217 South 45 St.
Two, three-story, two-bay, semi-detached houses with large limestone two-story Spanish Renaissance storefront and office addition c.1926. Ground floor recessed storefront flanked by two arched entrances. Second floor two central tripartite windows with transoms flanked by two 1/1 windows with iron false balconies and transoms. Central bays capped by false shed roof probably originally covered with Spanish tiles and flanked by false tower with undulating parapet wall and decorative roundels. 2 Contributing.
219-221 South 45 St.
Two, three-story, two bay, orange brick, semi-detached Colonial Revival houses. The houses have front yards, columned L-shaped ground floor porches, three-sided second floor bays with decorative swags, paired 3/1 third floor windows and a hipped roof with decorative Flemish cross gable. Several metal cartouche deviations. 2 Contributing.
223-225 South 45 St.
Originally identical to description for 211-213 but with two-story commercial style buff brick storefront additions c. l920. 225 has its prism glass transom above storefront and a porch above the storefront addition. 2 Contributing.
227-229 South 45 Street
Two, two-bay, three-story, orange brick, Colonial Revival/Eclectic semi-detached houses with front storefront additions. Second floor on 229 single window. Third floor two arched windows with “Gothick” sash, hipped roof with overhanging eaves, eyebrow dormers and central decorative stepped faux gable. Two-story octagonal corner turrets with octagonal bell shaped roof. 227 retains its original slate roof. 229 single story Colonial Revival storefront with distyle corner entrance, infilled storefront windows with transoms. 2 Contributing.
Alterations include two-story Commercial style yellow tapestry brick storefront addition: 227.
231-251 South 45 St.
Horace Drace, developer
Ten of original row of eleven, three-story, two-bay, orange Pompeiian brick, Colonial Revival, rowhouses in the ABCCBBCC_BC pattern. Distinguishing features of A) stone fence, front yard, classical columned porches with pediment over paired entrances and bracketed cornice, second floor stone decorative window lintels and oculus windows, corner turret with bell-shaped roof, pressed-metal cornice with swag and garland motif, paired windows in broken pedimented dormer; B) stone fence, front yard, classical columned porch with pediment over paired entrances and bracketed cornice, second floor decorative stone window lintels, two broken pedimented dormer windows, pressed metal cornice with swag and garland motif; C) stone fence, front yard, classical columned porch with pediment over paired entrances and bracketed cornice, limestone lintels with keystone, two pedimented dormers, pressed metal cornice with swag and garland motif. All have terra cotta tiled mansard roofs. 10 Contributing.
First floor commercial addition: 231
Porch posts/balustrade replaced: 245
Porch glazed: 231
Terra cotta roof shingles replaced: 231, 233, 239, 241
Building demolished: 247
253-259 South 45 St.
John W. McConaghy, developer
Four, three-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival/Victorian rowhouses. Distinguishing features include classical columned recessed porches, window with sidelights under stained glass elliptical arched window, second floor pressed-metal bay window with arched stained glass windows, third floor triple windows flanked by corbelled brick, pressed metal cornice with floral ornamentation. 4 Contributing.
Porch balustrade removed/replaced: 253
First floor c. 1920 storefront alteration: 257
Stained glass removed: 253
261-273 South 45 Street
See 4443 Spruce Street.
200-208 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4500 Walnut Street)
Shopfront alterations to building facing Walnut c. 1915.
210-232 South 45 Street
Row of twelve, orange brick, two-bay, three-and-one-half story, Colonial Revival/Victorian semi-detached houses, most with later front additions. The original design seen only at 220 and 226-228 includes front yard, ground floor wooden columned porch on stone base. Second floor three-sided bay, 2/1 windows on the third floor and Spanish tile hipped roof with a shed dormer and central chimney. The front wall is ornamented with brick corner pilasters with terra cotta capitals and beltcourses. 10 Contributing, 2 Non-Contributing.
210: Alterations include two story buff brick addition c.1920 with ground floor tile and stainless steel shopfront and 6/1 windows on second floor. Contributing.
212: Alterations include single story storefront addition c.1935 with creamy green carrara glass tiles. c. 1929. Contributing.
214-216: Alterations include two-story Art Deco store addition, cast stone store front frame and decorative pylons. Windows redone with cream brick c. 1960. Contributing.
218: Alterations include single-story steel fronted Art Deco c. 1929 storefront addition. Ornate cast metal decoration. Contributing.
220: Original Condition. Contributing.
222-224: Original buildings demolished. New single-story cinder block and brick structure c. 1980. Non-contributing.
226-228: Original Condition. Contributing.
230: Alterations include three-story red brick apartment addition c. 1955. Contributing.
232: Alterations include two-story orange brick Commercial style addition c. 1925. Ground floor bar and Commercial style south port window on second floor. Contributing.
234-248 South 45 St.
Joseph Groezinger, developer
Eight, three-and-one-half-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival semi-detached houses. Distinguishing features include classical columned porch with bracketed cornice, segmentally arched basement opening, second floor bay window with modillioned cornice, third floor paired arched windows with pilasters, monumental corner pilasters, single hipped dormer, hipped roof, large central chimney. 8 Contributing.
Porch posts/balustrade replaced: 234, 242, 244, 246
Porch infill: 246
250-260 South 45 St.
Margaret Gibson/Horace Drace, developers
Six, three-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival/Victorian rowhouses in AABBAA pattern. Distinguishing features of A) columned porch with shared pedimented entrance with applied ornamentation, limestone lintels with keystones, two pedimented dormers over third floor windows, pressed-metal cornice, swag and garland ornamentation, finials, tile shingles, front yard; B) columned porch with shared pedimented entrance with modillioned cornice with applied ornamentation, segmentally arched basement opening with ornamental grate, decorative limestone segmental arch lintels, broken pedimented dormers over third floor windows, pressed-metal cornice, tile shingles, front yard. 6 Contributing.
Porch infill: 250
Porch posts/balustrade replaced: 260
Terra cotta roof shingles covered with aluminum: 254
Cornice covered with aluminum: 254
262-270 South 45 Street
See 4501 Spruce Street.
300 block South 45 Street
301-313 South 45 St.
See 4418-4422 Spruce Street.
315 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4425-4433 Pine Street)
Nathan Litman, developer
Joseph A. Serpols, architect
Royal Palm Court. Four-story above raised basement, multi-bay, cream brick, U-shaped Classical Revival apartment building. Distinguishing features include cast stone belt course at water table and parapet wall, cast stone cartouche, paired 9/1 wood windows, central garden area, flat roof. 1 Contributing.
324-32 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4501-27 Pine St.)
Edwin L. Seeds, developer, builder, architect
Pinehurst Apartments. Three-story, multi-bay, random coursed rock-faced limestone, Neoclassical Revival apartment building. Distinguishing features include stone base, monumental full-height brick column portico with Corinthian capitals, modillioned cornice, door flanked by windows leading to porch on each floor. Building continues around on 4501-27 Pine St. 1 Contributing.
400 block South 45 Street
Curbs: Granite and Concrete
401-403 South 45 St.
See 4430 Pine Street.
405 South 45 St.
One-story, three-bay, stuccoed, building, molded metal cornice, flat roof, c. 1910. 1 Contributing.
407-409 South 45 St.
Maurice Hertzfeld, developer
Two, two-story, two-bay, brick, modern, semi-detached houses, flat roof, ground floor garages, large front garden areas with large trees surrounded by brick retaining wall. 2 Non-Contributing.
411-415 South 45 St.
See 4435 Osage Ave.
419-25 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4428-4430 Osage Ave)
Howard B. Nichols, builder and developer
A. Lynn Walker, architect
Stonehurst Apartments. Four-story, multi-bay, random-coursed rock-faced limestone, Romanesque Revival apartment building. Distinguishing features include corner turret with crennelated roof, two-story brick columns defining porch, two-story bay windows, recessed porches with arcades, tiled mansard roof with cross gables, pedimented gables. 1 Contributing.
427-35 South 45 St.
Charles S. Metzger, developer
Five, three-and-one-half-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival, semi-detached houses. Distinguishing features include ionic columned porch with denticulated cornice, second floor bay window with denticulated cornice, third story triple windows divided by pilasters, brick pilasters, Spanish tile roof with single bracketed hipped roof dormer. All have front yards. 5 Contributing.
One story front brick addition: 427
Roof tiles replaced: 431, 433
Iron fence: 435
400-04 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4500-4502 Pine Street)
Robert Zullinger, developer
A. Lynn Walker, architect
H.B. Nichols, builder
Sedgley Apartments. Four-story, eight-bay, random coursed rock-faced limestone, Romanesque Revival apartment building. Distinguishing features include stone arched recessed entry porch on first floor, squat granite columns, third story metal bay windows, grey granite sills, crenellated parapet flat roof, corner turrets. 1 Contributing.
406-412 South 45 St.
(412 a.k.a. 4501-07 Osage Ave)
I. Dane, developer
Yarnell & Goforth, architects
Four, three-story, two-bay, orange Pompeiian brick, Colonial Revival/Queen Anne semi-detached houses. Distinguishing features include recessed arcaded porch, stone lintels and sills, transom window over double door openings, second floor bay window with applied ornamentation and iron railing, decorative terra cotta belt course, third floor paired windows in turret dormers with finial, mansard roof. 4 Contributing.
Facade stuccoed: 412
Porch infill: 412
416-430 South 45 St.
(416 a.k.a. 4500-08 Osage Ave)
Charles Matthews, Jr., developer
Eight, three-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival semi-detached houses. Distinguishing features include columned porch with pedimented entrance, stone base with segmentally arched basement opening, second floor bay window, third floor paired window with limestone lintels and sill in pedimented dormer with swag and garland ornamentation, slate shingles in mansard roof, front yards. 8 Contributing.
One-story brick addition: 420, 422
Two-story brick addition: 424
Porch posts/balustrade replaced: 416, 418, 426, 430
500 block South 45 Street
501 South 45 St.
(a.k.a. 4428-4432 Larchwood Ave)
Charles Macfarlane, developer
Three-and-one-half-story, double-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival, semi-detached house. Distinguishing features include iron fence, front yard, classical columned porch with modillions, second floor bay window, twin arch headed windows on third floor, brick pilasters, paired window hipped dormer. Brick porch infill. 1 Contributing.
503 South 45 St.
Robert Anderson, developer
Three-story, double-bay, orange brick, Queen Anne, semi-detached house. Distinguishing features include front yard, classical columned porch with modillions, paired windows under leaded glass elliptical arched window, second floor elliptical bay window, third floor paired arched headed windows, Flemish gable with metal coping. Porch balustrade replaced, slate covered mansard roof. 1 Contributing.
505-519 South 45 St.
Robert Anderson, developer
Eight, three-story, two-bay, orange brick, Colonial Revival/Second Empire, semi-detached houses, all with small front yards. Distinguishing features include classical columned porch, paired windows under elliptical leaded/stained glass transom window, second floor three sided bay window with modillioned cornice and pilasters between windows, third floor Palladian window with rough granite lintels and sills, modillioned cornice, tiled mansard roof with cresting, brick chimneys. 8 Contributing.
Porch posts/balustrade replaced: 505, 507, 509, 517
Porch infill: 515
529 South 45 St.
See 4435-37 Baltimore Ave.
500-524 South 45 St.
Twenty-two, three-story, red brick Colonial Revival rowhouses with first story projecting enclosed porch with multi-light windows. Projecting second story bay and third story triple windows. Mansard roof with Palladian or pediment. Low brick garden walls line the sidewalk. 22 Contributing.
1000 block South 45 St.
1002, 1008, 1010 South 45 St.
Three, three-story, two-bay, brick Colonial Revival twins. Distinguishing features include pressed metal detailing, full-width front porches. 1000 has been demolished. 3 Contributing.
1012, 1014, 1020, 1022 South 45 St.
Four three-story, two-bay brick Colonial Revival twins. Distinguishing features include pressed metal detailing, full-width front porches, mansard roofs. 4 Contributing.
1016, 1018 South 45 Street
Two three-story, two-bay brick with wood trim Colonial Revival twins. Distinguishing features include full-width front porches and slate mansard roofs. 1016 is missing porch features. 2 Contributing.