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North of Rittenhouse Square

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North of Rittenhouse Square in the vicinity of S. 22nd Street between Walnut and Sansom streets is another cluster of important Victorian houses that owes its origin to St. James’ Episcopal Church (1870–1871). A vigorous Gothic Revival essay in vivid (and ephemeral) serpentinite by Emlen T. Littell, it became the focus of a fashionable Gothic Revival enclave. Although long since demolished, the church is the subject of one of Philadelphia's mural arts projects, designed by architect Susan Maxman, who re-created its shadow at its site at the northwest corner of S. 22nd and Walnut streets.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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