Thursday, July 22, 2021

On Vacation Some unknown pics that need your help and other info!!

Doing my blog early this week will be out of town for several days. I will be posting several pictures that I do not know the location. The one above is either Aston or Upper Chichester Twp. I believe. A street and block would be great.

This mansion stood in Chester somewhere. Looking for a location. The picture is from 1898.


 

The above picture is from Chester in 1898. The home of Fred Howard. Looking for a location



Another Chester Mansion from 1898,  the J. E. Woodbridge home, looking for a location


Last one, the home of Samuel C. Turner in Chester. Looking address, a block anything. Thanks so much


Also like to add some information. Both my centennial histories of  Ridley Park from 1987 and Glenolden from 1894 are available for $20.00 a piece if you are interested in a copy let me know. keith106@rcn.com


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Development in Norwood and Prospect Park 99 years ago!! And late July events!!

 


1920 residents and before in the Chester Pike area had hens and roosters in their backyard. The above picture is from the mid 1920's. The empty ground in the background now has houses on it. This is Prospect Park the street in the background is 7th Ave.  running left to right and hard to see is Lafayette Ave.

 August 12, 1922

DEVELOPMENT OF NORWOOD RAPID 

 Noticeable Activity in Real Estate Operations, Personal and Otherwise

Home development is going on at Norwood by rapid strides.  Early in the spring the Chester Realty Co. started four twin houses on lower East Winona Avenue.  The last of these are now about completed and sold.  Albert McVicker is the builder.  These were put on the market at $4,300 each and found ready for buyers. Over on Delaware Avenue, M. Torrelli is having constructed six houses.  These are semidetached, first story of asbestos shingles.  The lots are 25 by 130, nicely located. This is a speculative operation, and it is said the asking price is set at $4,600. James Dyson has planned for the erection of six 7-room bungalows in this plot, the construction being of universal stucco and frame.  These are to be sold for $8,000. At the intersection of Mohawk and Huron Avenues, Charles Wilbank is breaking ground for the erection of a residence.On upper Mohawk avenue, Theodore Taylor is undertaking an operation which includes the construction of four six-room houses. On the west side of Norwood the amount of new construction, both completed and underway, is amazing.  The Staley’s of Collingdale, are developing this section.  On Leon Avenue, Milton Staley has completed 12 6-room semi-detached homes, the construction being almost equally divided between stucco and frame and stone and frame.  The prevailing selling price in this operation is $7,200 and almost all of the houses are sold and occupied by individual owners. In the same locality, but on Urban Avenue, William Staley has an operation of 18 6-room semi-detached brick dwellings under construction. Some of these are sold. John Bean and Joseph Calhoun, residents of Norwood, are also operating on a smaller scale on Leon Avenue.  Mr. Calhoun has just completed a seven-room stucco and shingle dwelling, while Mr. Bean’s building operations are pretty well advanced. There is a brisk demand for rentals at Norwood, with absolutely nothing in the way of a vacant house to offer.  The real estate men assert they are simply deluged with rental inquiries.  Vacant property, susceptible to building operations, is showing a jumpy tendency.  Lots bought $360 in the spring are now being resold at $1000, giving the speculative holders a neat profit.

            NO VACANCIES AT PROSPECT PARK - The real estate market at Prospect Park is hitting the high spots on the realty barometer.  Real estate agents report no vacancies whatsoever.  Rentals, therefore, when they do occur, are at prevailing high standard of rents. While there is considerable new building going on in all sections of the borough, this has had as yet no perceptible effect in reducing rentals in older structures. 

Not including permits granted for alterations or additions, there has been sixty permits taken out at Prospect Park already this season for home construction and it is conservatively estimated this figure will be further inflated to at least one hundred before the season closes.

Possibly the greater portion of this new construction is scattered about the section of Prospect Park generally referred to as Moore, along Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Thirteenth and Fourteenth avenues.  In these sections speculative building, on a large scale, is indeed active.  The construction runs the gamut from bungalow and colonial to semi-detached and detached, and the holding prices are from $5,500 to $8,000.

H.E. Carlisle and Charles Wilbank are operating along Eleventh Avenue.  While these operations should be classed under the speculative, yet it is being done with the individual buyer in mind.  All of the dwellings are attractive and should appeal to those seeking homes in a desirable community location. 

The residence of Dr. Sterner, of Norwood, located on the corner of Tenth Avenue and Amosland Road, is nearing completion.  Bert R. Parker, of Glenolden, is the contractor.  When completed and the grounds graded and laid out, the structure is destined to attract considerable attention.  The style of architecture is a sort of intermingling of Elizabethan and Queen Anne with Colonial. The material of the dwelling is of stone and frame.

On Ninth Avenue, Rev. Main of Philadelphia, is joining the ranks of up-builders. These are semi-detached, six-room and bath dwellings.

 

 

DCHPN Monthly

E-Newsletter

Happy Independence Day!

Check out all these events happening this month.

Historic Sites are reopening!

Read the announcements below for important information.

 

July Events

 Please check the websites for updated information before attending and be safe!

South Street Safari

Jul 22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Go on a scavenger hunt to find animals in the many local mosaic murals! Be the first group to find them all! Printable version available the next day. Proceeds benefit Morris Animal Rescue. $5-15

Learn More

H2 OH! Waterpower Walking Tour

Jul 25, 11:00 AM
Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807


In the H2 Oh! walking tour, visitors discover the evolution of waterpower at Hagley from the water wheel to modern waterpower and how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over 120 years. 

Learn More

Story Time-John, Paul, George & Ben

Jul 25, 7:00 PM
Colonial PA Plantation, 3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073


We will be reading from a children's book, the children will then do a hands on activity, go on a behind the scenes farm tour and then you are welcome to picnic in our grove! $6-10

Learn More

*Becoming American: Jewish Immigration in the Early 20th Century

Jul 28, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Help us welcome the National Museum of Jewish American History as they present their program "Becoming American: Jewish Immigration in the Early 20th Century"! Experience how historians and museum staff interpret material culture and tell stories.

Learn More

Defending the Delaware: A Special Two-Part Event- Part 1

Jul 28, 6:00 PM
Online- registration required


Explore the fascinating history of how the Delaware was fortified during the Revolution and help to build a replica of one of the defenses. Part 1- learn more about Robert Smith and how chevaux de frise were used to fortify the Delaware during the Revolution. $5-10

Learn More

*18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

Jul 29, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Join us as we welcome award-winning writer Bruce Goldfarb who will share the story of Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of forensic science. She is known for creating 20 dioramas in miniature of actual crime scenes that were used to train homicide investigators. 

Learn More

*Learn at Lunchtime- Treasures from the Vault

Jul 30, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Join us for an insider’s view of fascinating artifacts with State Museum Program Director Brad Smith and curators.
Presentations will start at 12:15 PM and will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Learn More

*History at Work

Jul 31, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342


Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania

Learn More

Summer Paper Making Series

Jul 31, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown Barn, 211 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144


 In this workshop, you will learn how to process different types of plants into usable material, which parts of those plants work the best, and the basics of papermaking to create unique and usable paper. $20

Learn More

Announcements

Delco Heritage Tourism

If you are with a Delaware County Historical Organization, you may have received a survey by the Heritage Tourism Task Force about Heritage Tourism in Delaware County. This survey is for all organizations that host events and/or have sites to visit so that Visit Delco, PA can help promote your group, including free marketing materials and photos. Please fill it out as soon as you can. https://arcg.is/1Knzim is the link to the survey. Fill out one survey per site and/or organization (so if you are responsible for two sites, fill it out twice). Thanks!

 

Open Houses starting!

See the list below for current open houses this summer. If you have tours and open houses for your historic sites at any time in the next few months, please email dchpn_planning@yahoo.com to get on the next e-blast to promote your site.

 

America 250 PA Delco- new name!

The America 250 PA Delco Committee is forming to help celebrate America's 250th Birthday in 2026 with events, programs and celebrations from 2021 onwards. To be consistent with the state commission America250PA, we are now America250PADelco. Follow us on social media:

Facebook    Twitter    Instagram

Website to come soon

 

What Kind of Preservationist Are You? 

Take the quiz to find out!

https://www.riddle.com/showcase/172504/personality-test

 

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Each year, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places sheds light on important examples of our nation’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 300 places have been listed in its 34-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost. Most of these places just need petitions signed, so help them out! 

https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2021

 

 


Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Atwater Kent Real Estate Deal the largest in Delco's History!! Upcoming July History Events!!

The above advertisement  is not from 1929 when Atwater Kent bought the property but when he sold it 20 years later in 1949, By then his estate was 1200 acres. Kent never built his million dollar plus estate but had a nice one in Haverford. The Great Depression ruined his plans. When the estate was sold in 1949 it was the largest real estate deal ever in Delco!!


NOTE: Radio maker Atwater Kent was a rich man in 1929 when he purchased 800 acres of prime Delco real estate. The property along with some other purchases was auctioned off in early October of 1949 and took 3 days. Below the article from 1929 buy, you will see information and pictures on the 1949 sale.


April 18, 1929 

A. ATWATER KENT PAYS $2,500,000 FOR COUNTY ESTATE;
 TO BUILD $1,500,000 HOME

          The largest transaction in suburban property ever made in this section of the State has just been closed between Walter Wood and the heirs of Stuart Wood, and A. Atwater Kent, whereby the radio manufacturer has agreed to purchase Brookthorn Farms.

          The purchase price of the estate was fixed at $2,500,000 and it contains a tract of between 720 and 800 acres lying between Haverford and Darby Roads, Radnor and Chester and Marple Roads in Haverford and Marple Townships, southwest of Ardmore and Haverford in Delaware County.

          $1,500,000 RESIDENCE PLANNED – On this estate, which is said to be one of the largest privately owned properties in the east, Mr. Kent will build a large residence, which with stables, garage and cottages for servants and gardeners will cost an additional $1,500,000.

          The new Atwater Kent estate, when the residence and landscape gardening is completed, will represent one of the finest country properties in the world, it was said.

          The tract is of great natural beauty, its resemblance to the rolling downs of Kent in England having been often remarked upon.  It is well wooded and intersected by Darby and Ithan Creeks and several smaller streams.

          In plans for the beautification of Delaware County, the preservation of much of the land of the estate and the creek beds which intersect it was charted on a comprehensive plans for the area.

          The property is adjacent to several beautiful estates in the Philadelphia area, among them being the places of Horatio G. Lloyd, Clarence A. Warden, J. Stanley Reave, Eckley B. Coze, 3d, and William Struthers Ellis.

Below are 2 pictures and information from the Atwater Kent Real Estate Booklet from 1949, Look at the pictures and see how wide open Marple Twp. etc. was at that time.

 



DCHPN Monthly

E-Newsletter

Happy Independence Day!

Check out all these events happening this month.

Historic Sites are reopening!

Read the announcements below for important information.

 

July Events

 Please check the websites for updated information before attending and be safe!

 

* Indicates a free event. Some events require pre-registration and close when full. The list includes events in the surrounding areas as well. If you have an event you would like on this list on future         e-newsletters, please submit by the end of the month to dchpn_planning@yahoo.com.


Tweens, Tots, and Storied Plots: A Tour of Laurel Hill Just for Kids!

Jul 11, 10:00 AM
Laurel Hill Cemetery Gatehouse, 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132


Circuses! Selfies! And…Mummy Parties! Oh, My! The history of Philadelphia isn’t just for grownups! Join us on a tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery for kids and learn about some of the neat, weird, and occasionally gooey stories of Laurel Hill’s permanent residents! $7.50-15

Learn More

Nature Time-Bees & Insects

Jul 11, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Colonial PA Plantation, 3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073

 

We will discuss what an insect is and why they are so important. We will also discuss the difference between beneficial and non beneficial insects as well as native and non native insects. There will be hands on activities and a visit to the Plantation’s bee hives with master beekeeper Warren Graham

Learn More

*History Talk: Party Like It's 1976!

Jul 13, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Nitre Hall upper driveway stage, 1682 Karakung Dr, Havertown, PA 19083


As we prepare for the country's 250th birthday, join local historian Jim Segrave-Daly to discuss how Philadelphia & Delaware County celebrated America's bicentennial. Bring your own chair. Will be recorded.

Learn More

Abraham Lincoln, The Quakers, and Civil War

Jul 14, 6:00 PM
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


William Kashatus will discuss the influence of Quaker belief and practice on President Lincoln’s decision-making during the Civil War. Kashatus will show how Lincoln skillfully navigated a relationship with one of the most vocal and politically active religious groups of the 19th century. $1-5

Learn More

*Virtual Tour of American Swedish Historical Museum

Jul 15, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Zoom- registration required


Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish museum in the United States. The museum boasts 12 galleries. Join the museum for a virtual tour and Q&A.

Learn More

*Learn at Lunchtime- Artifact Legends from the State Museum

Jul 16, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


The State Museum collection includes an incredible array of artifacts with fantastic legends attached to them. Join Program Director Bradley Smith as he discusses research findings which are shedding new light on the veracity of several prominent artifact legends from our collections.

Learn More

Sunset Summer Series: Chinatown Food Tour & Film Screening

Jul 16, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chinatown Arch- Arch & 10th, Arch St, Philadelphia, PA


From 6-7:30, go on a food tour of Chinatown. $5 because of food samples. Start at Chinatown Arch and end at Rail Park. 8 pm watch a short film festival at the Rail Park. Free

Learn More

South Street Safari

Jul 22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Go on a scavenger hunt to find animals in the many local mosaic murals! Be the first group to find them all! Printable version available the next day. Proceeds benefit Morris Animal Rescue. $5-15

Learn More

H2 OH! Waterpower Walking Tour

Jul 25, 11:00 AM
Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807


In the H2 Oh! walking tour, visitors discover the evolution of waterpower at Hagley from the water wheel to modern waterpower and how the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over 120 years. 

Learn More

Story Time-John, Paul, George & Ben

Jul 25, 7:00 PM
Colonial PA Plantation, 3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073


We will be reading from a children's book, the children will then do a hands on activity, go on a behind the scenes farm tour and then you are welcome to picnic in our grove! $6-10

Learn More

*Becoming American: Jewish Immigration in the Early 20th Century

Jul 28, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Help us welcome the National Museum of Jewish American History as they present their program "Becoming American: Jewish Immigration in the Early 20th Century"! Experience how historians and museum staff interpret material culture and tell stories.

Learn More

Defending the Delaware: A Special Two-Part Event- Part 1

Jul 28, 6:00 PM
Online- registration required


Explore the fascinating history of how the Delaware was fortified during the Revolution and help to build a replica of one of the defenses. Part 1- learn more about Robert Smith and how chevaux de frise were used to fortify the Delaware during the Revolution. $5-10

Learn More

*18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

Jul 29, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Join us as we welcome award-winning writer Bruce Goldfarb who will share the story of Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of forensic science. She is known for creating 20 dioramas in miniature of actual crime scenes that were used to train homicide investigators. 

Learn More

*Learn at Lunchtime- Treasures from the Vault

Jul 30, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Zoom- registration required


Join us for an insider’s view of fascinating artifacts with State Museum Program Director Brad Smith and curators.
Presentations will start at 12:15 PM and will last approximately 20 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Learn More

*History at Work

Jul 31, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342


Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania

Learn More

Summer Paper Making Series

Jul 31, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown Barn, 211 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144


 In this workshop, you will learn how to process different types of plants into usable material, which parts of those plants work the best, and the basics of papermaking to create unique and usable paper. $20

Learn More

Announcements

Delco Heritage Tourism

If you are with a Delaware County Historical Organization, you may have received a survey by the Heritage Tourism Task Force about Heritage Tourism in Delaware County. This survey is for all organizations that host events and/or have sites to visit so that Visit Delco, PA can help promote your group, including free marketing materials and photos. Please fill it out as soon as you can. https://arcg.is/1Knzim is the link to the survey. Fill out one survey per site and/or organization (so if you are responsible for two sites, fill it out twice). Thanks!

 

Open Houses starting!

See the list below for current open houses this summer. If you have tours and open houses for your historic sites at any time in the next few months, please email dchpn_planning@yahoo.com to get on the next e-blast to promote your site.

 

America 250 PA Delco- new name!

The America 250 PA Delco Committee is forming to help celebrate America's 250th Birthday in 2026 with events, programs and celebrations from 2021 onwards. To be consistent with the state commission America250PA, we are now America250PADelco. Follow us on social media:

Facebook    Twitter    Instagram

Website to come soon

 

What Kind of Preservationist Are You? 

Take the quiz to find out!

https://www.riddle.com/showcase/172504/personality-test

 

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Each year, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places sheds light on important examples of our nation’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 300 places have been listed in its 34-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost. Most of these places just need petitions signed, so help them out! 

https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic-places-2021

 

Open Houses

Delaware County Historical Society

Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am-4pm

408 Avenue of the States, Chester, 19013

https://www.padelcohistory.org/

 

Nitre Hall- Haverford Twp

June 27, July 25, Aug 29, 12-3 pm

1682 Karakung Drive, Havertown, 19083

https://haverfordhistoricalsociety.org/

 

Morton Morton House- Norwood Borough

Sundays 1-4 pm, June-Sept

517 E. Winona Ave, Norwood, 19074

http://www.norwoodpahistorical.org/

 

Lower Swedish Cabin- Upper Darby Twp

Sundays 1-4 pm, May-October

9 Creek Road, Drexel Hill, 19026

https://swedishcabin.info/

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