Discovering Chestnut HillLeisurely 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)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 SOLD OUT!
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.”
Note: A similar tour will be held at a future date, documenting the history of the planned community of Henry Howard Houston’s Wissahickon Heights.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
Walking Tour: Norwood Avenue
Walking tour of Norwood Avenue with George Bryant, highlighting properties under easement. Meeting place to be announced.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017
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. Meeting place to be announced.
Chestnut Hill Conservancy 50th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
Chestnut Hill Conservancy 50th Anniversary Sponsors