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Chestnut Hill

    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.

Chestnut Hill to expand what qualifies as historic

Chestnut Hill is about to update its definition of "historic." Since the mid-1980s, the charming section of Northwest Philadelphia has been one of the largest historic districts on the National Register…

    • Vanna Venturi House

Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is one. Architect Robert Venturi built the house for his…

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Neighbors coming around to Chestnut Hill's towering 8200 Germantown Avenue project

They fought the zoning, the density, the size, and the impact of the construction process. But four years after the battles began over 8200 Germantown Avenue, the immediate neighbors are mainly…



Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Germantown/Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. The area's boundaries consist of Northwestern Avenue, Creshiem Creek, Stenton Avenue, and the Wissahickon Gorge. The area has long been known for its upscale living opportunities, with records of mansions being built for the area’s elite as early as the late 19th century. Before the area developed into its current glory, William Penn sold the 5,700 acres of land to German investors who he had met in Frankfort Germany. By 1854, the land was annexed to the city of Philadelphia. The area’s ideal location between City Hall and the outlying farms made it an perfect meeting place. The neighborhood’s greenery and general landscape made it a popular with many wealthy vacationers in addition to year-round residents. Today the area still holds its previous appeal. Many affluent Philadelphians call  Chestnut Hill home. In 2007, Chestnut Hill was named as one of the top seven urban enclaves in the country. With its forests that line Wissahickon Street to its lavish retail opportunities on Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill arguably offers the best that Philadelphia has to offer.


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