Discovering Chestnut Hill

Leisurely Walking Tours and Bike Tours

This popular series of guided tours invites you to explore the architecture, history, and natural beauty of our urban village. Offered each month, rotating topics include Pastorius Park, trees in the Andorra Natural Area, mid-century modern architecture, properties protected by historic designation and easement, and more.

FREE for CH Conservancy Members (please register below nevertheless)
$15 Non-Members (become a Member now and register for free)

1:00 PM 

Walking Tour: the Woodward Houses

Developed during the first three decades of the twentieth century by Dr. George Woodward and his wife Gertrude Houston Woodward, the Woodward Houses are part of a larger planned community in Chestnut Hill that was begun by Gertrude’s father, Henry Howard Houston. The Woodward Houses, along with the institutions and houses built by Henry Howard Houston and Sam and Charlotte Houston, have become central to the unique architectural and land use character of Chestnut Hill, as well as critical factors in the community’s preservation, integrity, and well-being.

The tour will last a little over an hour and cover approximately one and a half miles. It will begin at the northwest corner of St. Martin’s Lane and Willow Grove Avenue, outside St. Martin-in-the Fields Church, and proceed east along the Willow Grove and Springfield Avenue corridors. Featured on the tour will be Linden Court, Sulgrave Manor, the Half Moon Group, the Cotswold and English Villages, the quadruple houses, Winston Court, and the Benezet Street twins. It is suggested that attendees park at the St. Martin’s Station.

Tour guide David Contosta is Professor of History at Chestnut Hill College. He is the author of more than twenty books, including “A Philadelphia Family: The Houstons and Woodwards of Chestnut Hill,” “Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia,” and (with co-author Carol Franklin) “Metropolitan Paradise: Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley.”


1:00 PM

Walking Tour: Norwood Avenue

Walking tour of Norwood Avenue with George Bryant, highlighting properties under easement. Meet at the corner of Norwood and Chestnut Hill Avenues.




1:00 PM

Walking Tour: the Architecture of William McDowell

Walking and driving tour of the architecture of William McDowell, featuring the Eichler and Moffly homes. The tour will be led by Bill McDowell, the architect’s son. Meet at Moreland Circle.

Chestnut Hill Conservancy 50th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor

Chestnut Hill Conservancy 50th Anniversary Sponsors

2017 Discovering Chestnut Hill Walking Tour Sponsor