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Kaighn development

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1875, Furness and Hewitt. 2300 block Delancey St.

Around S. 24th and Pine streets are vestiges of pre–Civil War industry, marked by small houses with Flemish bond brickwork and fanlighted entrances that reflect their early-nineteenth-century date. Into this setting, Furness inserted this fashionable and unusually inventive row (although it later suffered from settling). The use of muted brownstone on the brightly lighted north side and bright marble on the shaded south side is particularly clever. The details, particularly the vestigial acroteria, decorative banding, and Néo-Grec door panels, are hallmarks of the Furness office in the early 1870s. The block was imitated two years later on the 2200 block of Delancey Street, developed by William Weightman and probably designed by Willis G. Hale (who lived at number 2119).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Kaighn development", [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, 103-104.

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