Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Road Trip - Philadelphia's Germantown


 
Here are a few 18th-century houses from Philadelphia's Germantown, which have managed to survive. For those of you who love to trace change-over-time, I have included some 19th-century depictions of the houses as well as the 21st-century photos.


Wyck


Thomas Harrison Wilkinson (1847-1929) Detail of 19th-Century Watercolor of Wyck.

Wyck. Rev. Samuel F. Hotchkin's Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, 1889.

1690-1824 Wyck. Wm Strickland 1824 floor plan using 1700 hall, 1736 front parlor, 1771 library & dining room replacing c. 1690 log structure.

1690-1824 Wyck. I realize that there is more garden than house here, but I could not leave it out.

1690-1824 Wyck. If you look carefully, you can see roses & vines growing up the walls of Wyck in the late 19th century watercolor above.

1690-1824 Wyck. I just could not resist the roses climbing up the walls.

1690-1824 Wyck. Both 19th-century depictions show vines & roses growing on Wyck.

1690-1824 Wyck. I am trying to stay away from garden & flower images, but sometimes, I just can't help myself.

Stenton
  1730 Stenton The Home of James Logan 1867 Photographer John Moran. (Love this Victorian obsession with growing vines up the side of the house.)

Stenton. Rev. Samuel F. Hotchkin's Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, 1889.

1730 Stenton The Home of James Logan



1730 Stenton The Home of James Logan

Grumblethorpe
 Thomas Harrison Wilkinson (1847-1929) Although this watercolor is said to be Grumblethorpe or John Wister's Big House, it is far different than today's building. I am certain this view is in Germantown, however, so I am including it.

Grumblethorpe, John Wister Residence c 1870 Photographer Robert Newell

Grumblethorpe or John Wister's Big House. Rev. Samuel F. Hotchkin's Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, 1889.

1744 Grumblethorpe or John Wister's Big House

1744 Grumblethorpe or John Wister's Big House


Cliveden

Cliveden April, 1859 Photographer Frederick De B. Richards

1767 Benjamin Chew's Cliveden 1867 Photographer John Moran

Cliveden. Rev. Samuel F. Hotchkin's Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill, 1889.

1767 Benjamin Chew's Cliveden

1767 Outbuilding at Benjamin Chew's Cliveden


Johnson House

Thomas Harrison Wilkinson (1847-1929) 1768 Late 19th-Century Watercolor of the Johnson House.

1768 Johnson House Built by Quaker John Johnson 1867 Photographer John Moran

1768 Johnson House Built by Quaker John Johnson


1768 Johnson House Built by Quaker John Johnson

1768 Outbuilding at Johnson House Built by Quaker John Johnson


Deshler-Morris House

1772 Deshler-Morris House sheltered George Washington in 1793, during the Yellow Fever epidemic.

1772 Deshler-Morris House sheltered George Washington, Martha, and her grandchildren in 1793, during the Yellow Fever epidemic in downtown Philadelphia, about 6 miles away.


Upsala
  1795-1798 Upsala Home of John Johnson 1867 Photographer John Moran

1795-1798 Upsala Home of John Johnson

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