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Birmingham Meetinghouse

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1763, 1818. 1245 Birmingham Rd., 5 miles south of West Chester

Meetinghouses in the southwest zone of the Philadelphia suburbs are typically of one story without a balcony and thus lower in overall proportion than the great Bucks County and Philadelphia meetings. The Birmingham Meetinghouse replaced an earlier frame single-room building following the new double meetinghouse model that had developed in Buckingham ( BU27) and had spread across the region. The building was expanded in 1818 with an addition to the east, creating the by then conventional south facade with doors protected by small gabled canopies opening into each half of the interior. At that time the original operable partition in the first block was dismantled and reconstructed in the new centerline. The more recent school, built on the site of the original stable by Cope and Lippincott in 1968, adhered to the material palette of the building.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Birmingham Meetinghouse", [West Chester, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 249-249.

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