Watson Comly School

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Watson Comly School

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Watson Comly School, October 2010
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Location 13250 Trevose Rd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°07′36″N75°00′46″W / 40.1266°N 75.0128°W / 40.1266; -75.0128 Coordinates: 40°07′36″N75°00′46″W / 40.1266°N 75.0128°W / 40.1266; -75.0128
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built 1892–1893
Built by L. Dieterich
Architect Joseph Anschutz
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 88002324 [1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

Watson Comly School, also known as Somerton Masonic Hall, is a historic school building located in the Somerton neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

School institution designed to teach students under the direction of teachers

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Built in 1892–1893, it is a two-story, four-bay, brownstone building in the Colonial Revival style. It features a one-story stone entrance pavilion and large hipped roof with stone chimney. [2] The school was named for Watson Comly, a local resident who held many public offices, including serving several terms as a representative in the state legislature.

Brownstone

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Colonial Revival architecture

Colonial Revival architecture was and is a nationalistic design movement in the United States and Canada. Part of a broader Colonial Revival Movement embracing Georgian and Neoclassical styles, it seeks to revive elements of architectural style, garden design, and interior design of American colonial architecture.

The building served as a school from its completion until 1928, when it was replaced by a larger building on Byberry Road. The same year, the site was acquired by the Masons, in exchange for the land on which the new school was built. The Masons used it for many years from 1930 as a lodge hall.

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Watson Comly School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.