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30 W. Chestnut Hill Ave.: Then and Now
Built in 1887, this Queen Anne-style house is one of comparatively few remaining buildings by celebrated Philadelphia architect T.P. Chandler. Prior to January 7, the property had lush Wissahickon-style plantings surrounding the house. (Photo left, circa 1905 from the Naylor Collection of CHHS; right, from January 8, 2016)

On January 7, we were shocked by the sudden destruction of mature trees at 30 W. Chestnut Hill Avenue, and alarmed to learn that the property’s new owner, a developer, had filed a demolition permit. One week later, thankfully, Philadelphia Licenses & Inspections has rejected the demolition permit application, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission has accepted the nomination of the house for historic designation and protection (review underway).

We look forward to working with the owner to develop the property in a way that takes advantage of the beautiful historic house that remains there.

This work is made possible by our members and donors. Please support CHHS to ensure that this and future emergency advocacy efforts continue.

CHHS protects our community’s historic resources and open space, and prioritizes harmony and enduring quality in new development. Contact: Lori Salganicoff, Executive Director: LSalganicoff@CHHist.org or 215-247-0417 ext. 201


Chestnut Hill, located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, is one of the region's most beautiful and architecturally distinguished communities. Flanked by the spectacular Wissahickon Gorge and Cresheim Valley, Chestnut Hill is home to one of the best collections of 19th and early 20th-century residential buildings in the country.

Nearly every notable architect practicing in Philadelphia over the past 150+ years is represented in Chestnut Hill -- from the early Italianate Victorian designs of Samuel Sloan, to the exuberant Queen Anne buildings of the G.W. & W.D. Hewitt firm; from the ground-breaking, European influenced work of Wilson Eyre to the exquisitely designed country houses of Mellor Meigs and Howe; and from the ornate classical design of Horace Trumbauer to the early modern works of Louis I. Kahn and Robert Venturi.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society leads the effort to protect this profound architectural heritage. Through lively programs, exhibits and tours, through the establishment of an innovative easement program and through direct intervention in the preservation of buildings, CHHS helps to keep the past alive for future generations.

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society is located in an 1850s Victorian house at the "top of the Hill" along Germantown Avenue in historic Chestnut Hill.

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Please note: The parking lot behind our building is owned by the Chestnut Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church. Visitors will be ticketed or towed. Questions? Call the Church office at 215 247-7022. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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