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1883–1891, G. W. and W. D. Hewitt. Seminole and W. Willow Grove aves.

The earlier development of western Chestnut Hill was initiated by Henry Houston, vicepresident of the Pennsylvania Railroad for freight services, who made an immense fortune during the Civil War and invested it in property that was later reached by the Pennsylvania Railroad. His architects, the Hewitt brothers, brought their version of an English suburb to his development.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Houston Estate", [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, 150-150.

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