Architectural Hall of Fame



The first 5 Inductees to
The Chestnut Hill
Architectural Hall of Fame

Thomas Mill Covered Bridge
Forbidden Drive
originally built 1731

Thomas Mill Bridge

Spanning the Wissahickon Creek at Thomas Mill Road, this is the only remaining covered bridge in Philadelphia, and the only covered bridge in a major U.S. city. It has been rebuilt several times over the years, and was restored by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.

CHHS Archives

Gravers Lane Train Station
300 E. Gravers La.

Gravers Lane Station

One of the few surviving buildings by Frank Furness who, as chief architect of the Reading Railroad designed about 130 stations and industrial buildings. His bold style fell out of fashion and many of his buildings were demolished in the early 20th century. (PRHP)

CHHS Archives

The Wissahickon Inn
500 W. Willow Grove Ave.

Wissahickon Inn

Built in the Queen Anne style, the 250-room inn was the first project of Henry Howard Houston, the 19th-century developer of large sections of Chestnut Hill. It was designed by G.W and W.D. Hewitt, the architects for many of Houston’s later developments. The inn closed in 1901 and the building was donated to Chestnut Hill Academy (now Springside Chestnut Hill Academy). (HABS)

photo by Joseph Minardi

Margaret Esherick House
200 block of Sunrise La.
1960-1961, 1963

Esherick House

Louis I. Kahn, one of one of the world’s most influential 20th century architects, designed this house for Margaret Esherick, niece of prominent Philadelphia woodworker Wharton Esherick. Listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, it is one of very few of Kahn’s residential designs that has ever been realized. (HABS, PRHP)

photo by William Whitaker

Vanna Venturi House
8300 block of Millman St.

Vanna Venturi House

This was an early project of the internationally known architectural theorist Robert Venturi, who designed it for his mother. Also known as “Mother’s House,” it broke with many of the standard elements of Modern architecture. In 1989,the house won the prestigious “Twenty-five Year Award” from the American Institute of Architects, given to a single project each year that has "stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years." (HABS)

photo by Derek Mathieson


Keep the party going!

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Party with the Hosts events.

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Winners were announced at a cocktail gala in a beautiful 1883 Queen Anne house on Saturday, November 14th. The honorary chairs for this event are the world-renowned architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Photographs of this year’s winners will be displayed at CHHS headquarters. Additional buildings will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in future years.



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