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Mennonite Meetinghouse

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1770; 1915 enlarged, Charles Schaef. 6119 Germantown Ave.
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This Mennonite meetinghouse serves a congregation founded in 1688, the oldest in the nation. The gabled one-story stone building for a German Pietist group is plain, as are the early Quaker meetinghouses, differing principally in the placement of the entrance on the short face. A similarly plain meeting for the Church of the Brethren (also known as Dunkards) stands at 6613 Germantown Avenue. The Mennonite Meetinghouse was substantially altered and enlarged by Schaef in 1915, but the historical building can still be readily determined. It is noteworthy that German-based congregations continued to dominate along Germantown Avenue and hired German-surnamed architects into the twentieth century.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Mennonite Meetinghouse", [Philadelphia, 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, 141-141.

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