Free First Saturdays
Chestnut Hill Historical Society

Next: March 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
8708 Germantown Avenue

It's for everyone who loves Chestnut Hill and can't get enough of its story. All research is free during First Saturday hours. Discover details about your home or your street through architectural drawings, more than 8,200 photographic images, maps and real estate atlases, prints, deeds, and diaries. Our Assistant Archivist and a trained board member will be at your side to guide you through the more than 20,000 items to find just the information you're looking for. Check out our Resource Center for help solving specific problems of caring for your older home. Explore our current exhibit of 20th Century Architecture, and more.

Houses of Worship, Northwest Philadelphia
Join us for tours and programs at some of Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy's houses of worship.

February 8, 4pm: Germantown Jewish Center
The congregation has been serving the Jewish community in Northwest Philadelphia and its surrounding counties for more than 75 years. The building of the Germantown Jewish Centre was designed by Harry Sternfeld, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
February 15, 3pm: Chestnut Hill College Chapel
The College, founded in 1924 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph as a women’s college, is now coeducational. The Chapel, renovated in 1954, was modeled on the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.
March 22, 4pm: Cresheim Valley Church at SCHA
A fairly new congregation which worships at the Chapel at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The former Wissahickon Inn was designed by G.W. and W.D. Hewitt and built by Henry Houston. The Chapel has just undergone extensive renovations.
April 12, 3pm: Chestnut Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
The church building was designed by John Notman, a Scottish-born architect who also designed the Athenaeum and St. Clement’s and Holy Trinity churches in Center City. The Presbyterian Church outgrew the structure and in 1947 moved to a new building that it constructed next to Chestnut Hill Hospital. The vacated building was purchased by the Seventh-day Adventist congregation in 1950.


20th Century Chestnut Hill:
A celebration of mid-century architecture

Known primarily for its late 19th and early 20th century architecture, Chestnut Hill is also home to outstanding examples of Modern, Post-modern, International Style and Contemporary houses, designed by architects of national and international reputation. This program celebrates the contribution of these buildings, and of the architects who designed them, to the built environment of our community.

Presenting Sponsor: Elfant Wissahickon RealtorsThe exhibit features photographs, architectural drawings, and plans that illustrate the work of Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi, Romaldo Giurgola, Oskar Stonorov, Newcomb Montgomery & Robert Bishop, James A. Nolen, John Lane Evans & Roland Taylor Addis, John Rauch, Kenneth Day, Runyan & Associates, and Mark Ueland.

It is open and free to the public at the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, 8708 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118; hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9:30am-2:30pm and Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm.

Members receive discounted or free admission to Historical Society events, as well as discounts at our bookstore. To join, click here or call the Historical Society for details (215-247-0417).


Chestnut Hill Historical Society - 8708 Germantown Ave. - Philadelphia PA 19118 - 215 247-0417 -
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