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Encyclopedia > Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia. It is bounded by the Wissahickon Gorge and Cresheim Valley. The area is an early "streetcar suburb" of Philadelphia, and contains a wide variety of 19th and early 20th century residential buildings. During the US Revolutionary War era (late 18th Century), the area was one of many summer vacation spots due to its higher elevation (400-500 feet above sea level) and cooler temperatures than the historic Center City. Independence Hall Philadelphia (sometimes referred to as Philly or the City of Brotherly Love) is the sixth-most-populous city in the United States and the most populous city in the state of Pennsylvania, occupying all of Philadelphia County. ... Wissahickon Creek is a stream in southeastern Pennsylvania. ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ...

Poorly maintained and hazardous streetcar tracks still run down the decaying Belgian block paved main street of the neighborhood, Germantown Avenue, but SEPTA, the local transit authority, "temporarily suspended" regular trolley service in 1992. Trolleys still run on special occasions, and two commuter rail lines and several bus lines still serve the neighborhood. SEPTA has no serious plans to restore trolley service. The SEPTA rail system The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is a regional quasi-public state agency that operates bus, subway and elevated rail, commuter rail, trolley (streetcar), and until recently trackless trolley service in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. ...

Among the historic properties located in this neighborhood are:

  • Esherick House, designed by Louis Kahn [1] (http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Esherick_House.html)

Louis Isadore Kahn (February 20, 1901 - March 17, 1974) practised as an architect in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and taught architecture there and at Yale. ...

External links

  • Chestnut Hill College (http://www.chc.edu/)
  • Chestnut Hill Business Association  (http://www.chestnuthillpa.com/)
  • Chestnut Hill Historical Society (http://www.chhist.org/)

  Results from FactBites:
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (726 words)
Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It is bounded on the north by the county line (and city limit) at Northwestern Avenue; on the west by the Wissahickon Gorge; on the east by Stenton Avenue; and on the south by the Cresheim Valley.
Chestnut Hill (along with many other towns and farmlands of Philadelphia County) became part of the City of Philadelphia in 1854 as part of the Act of Consolidation, when the County and the City became completely coterminous.
Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania - Neighborhood profiles - 4WallsInPhilly.com (110 words)
The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, population 9,684 is located along cobble-stoned Germantown Avenue in the northwestern part of the city.
Chestnut Hill is an official Historic District, and home to more than 100 architecturally significant residences, parks and gardens, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the renowned Morris Arboretum.
Chestnut Hill is the highest point within the city limits of Philadelphia and is known for its enclave of suburban gentility, with its "Main Street" flavor.
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