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Thomas Hockley House

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1875, Furness and Hewitt. 235 S. 21st St.
  • Thomas Hockley House (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Thomas Hockley House (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Thomas Hockley House (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • (Damie Stillman)
  • (Damie Stillman)

Furness designed this exuberant house for a fellow cavalry officer in the Ruskinian Gothic mode of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PH52), then nearing completion. Its cubic volume is excavated at the southwest corner for an entrance stair under floral-carved brownstone tympana framed by Gothic-style arches and is countered by a projecting bay carried on massive brownstone brackets denoting the prime sitting room on the second floor. In the center of the bay, a granite column carries a lozenge-shaped impost with another of Furness's brilliantly architectonic floral ornaments. The adjacent row of houses at 237–241 S. 21st Street (1883) is also by Furness, although it was supervised by his partner Allen Evans, who owned the row and lived in number 237 for a time.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Thomas Hockley House", [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, 102-102.

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