Cope & Stewardson
Residential work in Philadelphia (1885-1902): Center City, West Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill
This website features residential architecture designed at the turn of the 2oth century (1885 1902) by the notable Philadelphian architecture firm Cope & Stewardson. Research focused on residences in the Center City, West Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill areas that were designed prior to the death of Walter Cope in 1902, and is intended to supplement project information currently available on
The firm of Cope & Stewardson was founded by Walter Cope (1860-1902) & John Stewardson (1858-1896) in 1885. In 1887, Emlyn Stewardson (brother of John), joined the firm.
Cope and Stewardson are primarily known for their university buildings, done in the Collegiate Gothic style, a combination of gothic architecture found at
Residential work of Cope & Stewardson has been less well documented even though they had numerous commissions throughout the
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Our initial search for residential architecture by Cope & Stewardson began at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. This included reviewing the Chestnut Hill Historic District Files, Stewardson & Page Commission Cards, and the AIA/T-Square Yearbooks available in their library.
At the Philadelphia Historical Commission, a copy of the “Biographical Dictionary of Philadelphia Architects: 1700-1930” was obtained. Published in 1985 by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, this dictionary was essentially a precursor to the PAB website and contained much of the same information. The Historical Commission files, however, included additional information such as survey forms (used for the nomination of the Rittenhouse-Fitler Residential Historic District) and black and white photographs taken at the time of the survey (c. 1995), dated fire insurance surveys, historic photographs, building permits, and correspondences. These proved to be very useful in providing information to supplement the PAB.
After extensive research on Cope & Stewardson at the
Finally, for properties with missing information such as the client’s name or the specific addresses, a search through Gopsill’s Philadelphia Directories available at the Philadelphia City Archives was completed. Where addresses were not found, a review of the G.W. Bromley and Co. atlases, which show property owners' names overlaying lot divisions, revealed yet more new information.
Prepared by: Christy Lombardo / Kelly H. Wong
Department of Historic Preservation
HSPV 600: Documentation & Archival Research
Professor Jeff Cohen