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Awbury Arboretum has received funding to restore its water gardens in order both to reduce the possibility of potentially fatal flooding along nearby Belfield Avenue and to resuscitate a beloved neighborhood amenity.   more
Last week, an article in the Local announced that the large house at 9001 Germantown Ave., now known as Saint Michael’s Hall, is being offered for sale by the Convent of the Sisters of Saint … more
Spending more time outside during this pandemic gives us the opportunity to explore new places and learn more about our neighborhood. Ever popular are the paths on either side of the Cresheim … more
Dr. Isaac Starr, circa 1950. (Courtesy of the National Institutes of Health: Images from the History of Medicine.) by George McNeely As we are all learning “real time” about how to struggle … more
The main complex of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, constructed between 1913 and 1928. Editor's Note: In the time between the reporting of this piece and publication and the present, Bryn Athyn closed its … more
Part of the Single Sisters homes, constructed circa 1750. by George McNeely This writer has long wondered why Philadelphia seems to have mostly turned its back to the nearby, gritty foothills of the … more
The old post office building at 10 W. Gravers Lane will soon become the new home of Top of the Hill Orthodontics. more
The vast Lynnewood Hall, designed for Edwin North Benson, Sr. circa 1885 by Theophilus P.Chandler in High Victorian Gothic Revival style. Demolished in 1933. Photo courtesy of Perry Benson. This … more
The Benson family has lived in or near Chestnut Hill for some six generations, with many family members here today. Over those generations, they built or owned a number of interesting houses, … more
The Chestnut Hill Fire House (right) and Police Station, circa 1917. The Police Station was torn down in 1959. (Courtesy of the Archives at the Chestnut Hill Conservancy) by George McNeely The … more
The garden façade of Boxly, designed by Mantle Fielding, overlooking the relocated box hedges. Only part of the house survives today. by George McNeely Digging around in the rich history of Chestnut … more
The Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, Chestnut Hill’s earliest surving church building. Construction started in 1835, and has been expanded several times since.[/caption] by George McNeely People seek … more
“Mower U.S.A. General Hospital, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia,” 1865, by James Fuller Queen, lithographer.[/caption] by George McNeely The marauding armies of the Revolutionary War were several … more
One of several surviving early lime kilns on Germantown Pike near the intersection of Chemical Road. by George McNeely (Ed. note: Due to a production error, the first part of this week's "Our Town" … more
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