Public voting is now open for the Chestnut Hill Architectural Hall of Fame, a distinguished list of Chestnut Hill’s most treasured significant buildings structures and landscapes, chosen by public vote. The hall of fame was created and is curated by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy.
Three to four special places will be selected by the public from among 10 nominees to be added to the Hall of Fame, and one will be selected by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Preservation Committee. These will be announced and celebrated at a Gala cocktail party on December 1 at the Rotunda at Chestnut Hill College.
The Architectural Hall of Fame recognizes the community’s most treasured buildings, structures and landscapes in Chestnut Hill. These properties represent groundbreaking approaches to planning and design; or are significant for their design, materials, craftsmanship; or as an exceptional example of their style, or are of historic significance because of an association with an event, a person, or by virtue of age. This year, the finalists are grouped in Residential, Institutional, and Commercial/Public categories.
“Chestnut Hill is one of the region’s most beautiful, green and architecturally distinguished communities – Philadelphia’s Garden District,” said executive director Lori Salganicoff. “Thousands of public votes selected the first ten properties inducted so far into the Hall of Fame. We welcome everyone to vote to have their favorite architectural treasures honored in this way,” she said.
The 10 properties nominated for the Architectural Hall of Fame in 2018 include, chronologically by category:
Residential: Ice House, 7900-06 Lincoln Drive aka 225 W . Springfield Avenue (1843; residential conversion in 1913, 1924 by H. Louis Duhring); General Owen House, 5 E Chestnut Hill Avenue (1858-1861); Half-Moon Court, 7919 – 7925 Lincoln Drive (1916; Duhring, Okie and Ziegler); Lorenzon House, 7827 Ardleigh Street (1926, Emil Lorenzon, owner and contractor, H. Louis Duhring , architect)
Institutional: Chestnut Hill Baptist Church and Cemetery, 2 Bethlehem Pike (1835); Chestnut Hill College Campus, 9701 Germantown Avenue (ca. 1850-1961; various); Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue (ca. 1860)
Commercial and Public: Abraham Rex Store (Woodward Corp offices), 8031-33 Germantown Avenue (1762); Redheffer House (aka Woodward Community Center), 8419 Germantown Ave (ca. 1854); Water Tower Recreation Center Complex, 209 E. Hartwell La (1919, Robert McGoodwin)
Those selected for induction will join current Hall of Fame inductees: Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, Gravers Lane Station, Wissahickon Inn, Margaret Esherick House, Vanna Venturi House, Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill Fire Station, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Krisheim, and 614 St. Andrew’s Road. This is a completely honorary award.
Learn about and vote for your favorite places in Chestnut Hill by November 15 at www.CHConservancy.org, at the Conservancy’s office at 8708 Germantown Avenue or at the Chestnut Hill Community Association office at 8434 Germantown Avenue. One ballot of three choices per person, please.