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    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Back to the future to renew Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is like Philadelphia itself: A legacy asset with unrealized potential. We are the lucky beneficiaries of the prescient 19th century Philadelphians who protected great green lungs astride the Schuylkill…

    • Red Doors | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Pool

Spring restoration workshops for homeowners

Live in an old house with wood windows that need some TLC? Wondering how to make your old house more energy-efficient? The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s homeowner workshops return this…

    • Church of the Assumption, Spring Garden Street.

Church preservation, sparse school closing hearing, new senior housing in Wynnefield, NRDC contests Limerick license renewal, Brewerytown growth,

The Atlantic Cities explores the trouble with church preservation, calling out the preservation debates about Philadelphia’s Church of the Assumption among national examples illustrating the burdens of maintainance for large…

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ABOUT WYNNEFIELD

Wynnefield is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia. It is bounded by 53rd Street at Jefferson Street to the south, Fairmount Park to the east, City Avenue to the north, and Upland Way to the southwest and west. Like the suburb Wynnewood, Wynnefield is takes its name from William Penn’s physician, Thomas Wynne. Wynne built his home, called “Wynnestay,” at 52nd Street and Woodbine Avenue in 1690. Originally a part of Delaware County, this neighborhood was later annexed by Philadelphia. At that time, the area was known as Balwynne Park. In 1855, St. Joseph’s College, a Catholic Jesuit institution, was founded in this neighborhood. In 1897, an amusement park called Woodside Park was built in the area, the grounds of which are now a part of Fairmount Park. Starting at the beginning of the 20th century, Wynnefield became a predominately Jewish-American neighborhood, populated by immigrants from Russia, Germany, and various other countries. During this century, Wynnefield became known for its small boutiques. Towards the mid 20th century, the dominant ethnic group changed from Jewish-Americans to African-Americans. Unfortunately, the 1980s brought crime into the area in the forms of gang violence and drugs. Today this neighborhood is on the mend and is the current residence of Mayor Michael Nutter.


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Wynnefield Residents Association

Spiritus-Temporis on Wynnefield

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