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


 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.



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Happy Independence Day!

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Historic Sites are reopening!

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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

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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. 

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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

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*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.

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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

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*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. 

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*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.

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*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

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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

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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. 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 to get on the next e-blast to promote your site.


America 250 PA Delco- new name!

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