KEEN & MEAD 1896-1901


Sergio A. De Orbeta
Sarah M. Thorp
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Documentation (HSPV 600)
Fall 2004

Scope of Project:

The purpose of this project is to expand on the research done on the architecture firm of Keen & Mead by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia for its Philadelphia Architects and Buildings (PAB) project. Very little research exists on locations of some Keen & Mead buildings and very few historical photographs have been collected into a single document. Therefore our research focused on the following objectives:

Organization of Website

The buildings are listed by neighborhood/geographical location and include thumbnail pictures when available. More information on each building and the sources used to obtain the information can be seen by clicking on the address/building name. The following links are also provided:


Overbrook Farms

This neighborhood is a National Historic District. Documentation on the district can be found here. Keen & Mead worked with developers Wendell & Smith in this popular suburb of Philadelphia from 1893-1909.

6300 Overbrook Ave. (1898)

6380 Overbrook Ave. (1896)

6384 Overbrook Ave. (1896)

6300 Woodbine Ave. (1899)

6363-65 Woodbine Ave. (1897)

6399 Drexel Ave. (1909)

6400 Drexel Ave. (1909)

6400 Sherwood St. (1900)

6331 Lancaster Ave. Charles Audenreid residence (1909)

Documentation exists for the following projects completed in Overbrook Farms, but exact addresses could not be verified/located:


Bryn Mawr

Keen & Mead designed several country estates in this affluent suburb of Philadelphia.

600 Black Rock Rd. "Swarthmore Lodge" (1898, 1901)

"Avonwood Ct." (alt. 1898, stable 1901): demolished c1950

F.King Wainwright residence (1901)

Bryn Mawr Polo Club (alt. 1901): no photos located, demolished c.1960


Chestnut Hill

8811 Germantown Ave., residence for Dr. B.R. Marsden (1903)

Photographs could not be located for the following:



Keen & Mead designed several residences for developer W.T.B. Roberts in the Germantown area from 1894-1895 as well as Ogontz Park and Jenkintown.

221-3 Hortter St (1894)

336-8 Hortter St. (1894)

131-3 Phil Elena St. (1894)

34-36 Phil Elena St. (1895)

539 Pelham Rd. (1895)


6817 Quincy St. (1898)

1400 Germantown Ave. (near Gowan St. ), nine residences for W.T.B. Roberts (1898)

The following could not be located:



2100 Belmont Ave., office for F. Dreer (1897)

Belmont Ave., Hayes Mechanics' Home Chapel (1897)



Ogontz Ave. & York Rd., office & residence for Louis A. Nagel (1898)

Elkins & York Rd., residence for W.T.B. Roberts (1898)

Ogontz Park, two residences & stable for W.T.B. Roberts (1898)

Ogontz, residence & post office for W.W. Davis Yerkes (1899)


Center City

2824 Girard Ave., C. Shulte residence (1902)

2826 Girard Ave., L.J. Bauer residence (1895)

2041 Locust St., beauty salon (1895)

2215 St. James Pl., John L. Wilson residence (1895)

713 Chestnut St., Guarantors Liability Indemnity Co. (1895)

1400 Sansom St., Union League Annex (1895)

1304 Walnut St., office for Webster L. Fox (1896)

13th and Walnut (NE corner), office bldg. for Harvey W. Spencer (1899)

2009 Walnut St., Thomas B. Wanamaker residence (1899)

1611 Chestnut St., store for Thomas B. Wanamaker (1899)

2102 N. Broad St., W.H. Whitaker residence (1899)

226 Walnut St., office for Charles Mather (1900)

300 Orianna St, 300 Vine St., Lea & McVitty warehouse (1901)

1714 Spruce St., F.F. Milne residence (1901)

1827 Delancy St., Charles Y. Audenreid residence (1901)

228 S. 21st St., facade for F.H. Shelton residence (1902)


West Philadelphia

30th St. & Lombard, water filtering & fee plant (1904)

3900 Walnut St., residence (1901)

3908 Walnut St., residence (1901)


Other Areas

700 Thompson St., Childrens' Homeopathic Hospital (1898)

Frankford, factory for Theo. Plumb (1901)

Oak Lane, residence for E.W. McGill (1896)

Jenkintown, residence for W.T.B. Roberts (1898)

Glenside Farms, two residences for W.T.B. Roberts (1898)

3500 Hunting Park Ave., office (1900)

2900 Hunting Park Ave., Link Belt Co. office (1900)

2200 Island, C. Saybrook, Fel, & Co. office (1900)

Rosemont, PA, Charles P. Perkins residence (1901)

St. Martin's, C. Bromley residence (1901)

Edgeworth, E.P. Lord residence (1901)

Saratoga Springs, NY, Chauncey Olcott residence (1902

Brandywine Meadow Farm Charles E. Mather residence (1906?)

Fred C. Morrell residence Langhorne, PA

Howard Clark residence Devon, PA (1911)

McKee Graham residence Edgeworth, PA (1911)

John Sinnott residence Villanova, PA (1911)