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1913, Robert Rhodes McGoodwin. W. Allens Ln., Cresheim and Cresheim Valley rds.
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • French Village (Richard Guy Wilson)

A cluster of local stone houses by Horace Trumbauer–trained McGoodwin, unified by high French roofs and rough but lively carving, establishes the identity of French Village. This neighborhood begins with the so-called gatehouses that frame Cresheim Valley Road where it crosses W. Allens Lane. The village continues along Elbow Lane and follows Cresheim Valley Drive to Lincoln Drive. In the shadow of a modern railroad bridge, McGoodwin's own rough local stone house of 1913 with late medieval parapets stands where Lincoln Drive reappears.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "French Village", [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, 152-153.

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