Saturday, 28 May 2016 1:00 PM
Co-lead by Jewell Newton. Reserve the date. Historic Germantown is amazing when you look a little deeper. Don’t miss this one. Its a full day that will have you wondering why you didn’t visit Germantown sooner.
We will walk across the street from the station and have some coffee at Rose Petal Cafe. They have great waffle dishes also.
This meander lets us see some of the architectural gems of this great Philly neighborhood. Like the Oaks Cloisters, home of the architect who designed the PA state capitol building. PA School for the Deaf. The Germantown white house was the scene of fighting in the Battle of Germantown, and it is the oldest surviving presidential residence, having twice sheltered George Washington during his term of office. Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion was built in 1859 by Ebenezer Maxwell (1827–1870), a wealthy cloth merchant.
We walk down Chelten ave to Wissahickon Ave. then take a right. We might take a loop up Stafford St and back Price St. Lots of cool looking houses there. Overlooking Fairmount Park, Oaks Cloister is a historic 20-room Tudor estate was designed in 1900 by Joseph Miller Huston, the architect of the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
We will go by some big apartment building and take a quick gander at Saylor Grove. Then a right on Rittenhouse to a right on Pulaski Ave and over to Schoolhouse lane.
Up to Green St to Armat St and visit the IMPeRFeCT Gallery around the corner. Then we will check out the charming Maplewood Mall, an early 1930’s side street with some unique shops and stop in the Maplewood Nutritional & Dietary Food Shop that been there for 51 years.
Then walk up a bit to Germantown Ave. The Market Square with the civil war monument. A few beautiful church buildings and grounds.
Then return up Germantown Ave to Vernon Park, site of the library and more statues. Cut thru the park to Green st. Up to Tulpehocken st. to see the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, the only authentically-restored Victorian house museum in Philadelphia. Tours – Saturday afternoons at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m. Ticket Cost: Adults – $7 [optional – lets discuss this when we meet for coffee]
Then Tulpehocken to Germantown. Lots of big mansion on this stretch. Down Germantown Ave. past Settlement Music School, the largest community school of the arts in the United States. Past the Wyck House and Garden. Old Germantown City Hall building.
Back to Chelten Ave and down to just before the train station, and a stop in at Delmar Bar and Lounge for a brewski and recap.
If you love architecture you will be in heaven marveling at the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses on this meander. Plus Revolutionary era mansions and churches galore. As always wear comfortable shoes and bring some bottled water to stay hydrated. See you then.
As always, donations accepted. We put a lot of effort into this one.
Some of the sights along the way:
Free Library of Philadelphia