Here’s the second half of the Society Hill walking tour we did two weekends ago.
Most of the homes we visited were trinity houses.
Trinity homes were built as one room, and stacked three high. ONE room. Three floors. Named for Faith, Hope, and Charity.
If I were to live in a three-room house with anyone other than myself, I would need one of those rooms to be named “sedative.”
The three floors originally connected by a tight, circular staircase that traveled up all three rooms.
The three floors of living area were built with the kitchen area separate— at the back of the lot. Incase your kitchen catches fire, your house doesn’t burn down. All of the homes we toured were connected to the kitchen at some point in the last 150 years.
The home below was built in 1774 and expanded in 1810.
Two Thomas Welford mantles have survived in pristine condition. The plaster work is amazing, and there was corresponding molding around the doorway and ceiling medallion.
The gardens were small, as you’d expect in an area of row houses. But one owner found the space for a bee hive.
Some of my favorite details were this Jefferson door to the patio area. It’s a double-hung window that sits on top of two hinged doors. The bottom window can be raised to the ceiling, and gives you a garden door.
I have an ongoing obsession with built-in bookshelves and unexpected cabinets, so this bookcase thrilled me.
This wasn’t anything old or historic, but I thought it was interesting:
A bay window was installed in the 1950’s and the owners had a custom copper tray made for the sill.
A few of the stops weren’t private residences.
This Greek Revival building was designed in 1829 by Philadelphia-born architect Thomas Ustick Walter who also designed the United States Capitol cast-iron dome. In continuous use by various religious congregations over the past 150 years, it’s currently occupied by the Society Hill Synagogue.
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