In the 1850s, architects began developing Powelton Village with Victorian style homes. During this time, the most popular versions of Victorian architecture were Italinate style homes. This trend became the most popular type of Philadelphia’s residential architecture in the mid 19th-century. The neighborhood is unique to the city because of its ornate, romantic houses that are known for their flat roofs, porches and symmetrical appearance. Powelton Village is home to not only Italianate architecture, but also German Gothic and Queen Ann styles. Here is a list of five locations that showcase these designs and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
315-317 N. 33rd Street
The twin homes were built around 1865 by an unknown architect. A typical Italianate style home, the structure was built of brick but altered to look like stone. The original wooden porch and full-story-high windows remain.
3511 Baring Street
The Henry Cochran House was designed by Wilson Eyre Jr. and built in 1891. The Queen Anne style, three-story house features a covered front porch stylized with Tuscan-inspired columns. The Cochran House is now home to apartments that are currently available for rent.
3415 Baring Street
The twin homes were built in 1879 for Robert Steen, who died before the building’s completion. The Italianate homes have a flat roof and display a stone facade over brick. The porch is of Eastlake style that features elaborate wood trim and columns.
3301-15 Powelton Avenue
The Frederick A. Poth Houses were developed in 1891 by Otto Wolf, Philadelphia’s chief brewery architect. The German Gothic style homes have two separate entrances which were part of the original design. Mansard roofs top the brick homes which have modernized interiors.
3504 Hamilton Street
This house was finished in 1860 and is not attributed to any specific architect. This house is a typical Italian-style home from the mid 19th-century. The house features a small porch supported by columns and looks over Hamilton St. The house was purchased in 1940 by architect and writer Louis Magaziner.
– Text and images by Andrea M Iezzi and Andrew J Vlasak.