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“Cogslea,” Violet Oakley Studio

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1902, Frank Miles Day. St. George's Rd.

The “St. George” of the road was, of course, George Woodward, and his saintly work included the provision of a house and studio for Violet Oakley, whose name represented the o in the acronym formed by the first initials of the artists’ last names: “CogsLea.” The group of women artists included Henrietta Cozens, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Jessie Willcox Smith, and others. Day's broadly Colonial Revival house nestles in the vale by Wissahickon Creek. Nearby is the picturesque English cottage of 1913 designed by Edmund Gilchrist for Jessie Wilcox Smith at 61 St. George's Road.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "“Cogslea,” Violet Oakley Studio", [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, 153-153.

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