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Protestant Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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1888, G. W. and W. D. Hewitt. 401 W. Willow Grove Ave.
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Between the club ( PH179) and Willow Grove Avenue railroad station (1884–1885, W. Bleddyn Powell for the Pennsylvania Railroad) is another amenity of Houston's development, this local stone Victorian Gothic church. Its schist walls have darkened from their original silvery tone, making the contrasting lintels and red slate roof more assertive than originally anticipated. Restored in 2000 by Kise, Straw and Kolodner, its interior is once again dominated by the lusty red brick walls and rich woods that reflect the architectural polychromy of William Butterfield's London churches. The French detail and limestone trim of the baptistery and chancel are far more delicate and betray the hand of Theophilus Parsons Chandler in 1898 and 1900, respectively. Chandler also updated the earlier Houston family church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 6008 Wayne Avenue (abandoned 2008), which was designed by George Hewitt in 1873 when he was still partnered with Furness.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Protestant Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields", [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, 151-151.

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