Henley Residence
Franklin Fire Insurance Co. of Philadelphia
Perpetual Survey No. 72198
Made May 23rd 1894 for Joseph W. Thorn

A two-story and mansard roof brick dwelling house, with a three story and basement brick back building, situate on the Northwest corner of North Seventeenth and Jefferson Streets, and being No. 1500 North Seventeenth St. in 29th ward of the City of Philadelphia.

            Dimensions of main building 18 ft front by 29 ft deep and back building 16 by 42 ft deep.  Brownstone ashlar and steps and platform to front.  Reveal window frames front and St. side and back, brownstone sills and brownstone heads to front and brick arched heads to St. side and back and inside shutters to them hung with cords the same as the sash, except they are in three flights, inside blinds to mansard roof story and to windows in the tower hung with hinges, sash double hung Hemlock joist yellow pine flooring building plastered gas pipes throughout and a brick and a portable heater in the cellar.

            The main building at first story is divided into front and back parlor and an entry.  A square head front doorframe with a transom in 1 light of glass and folding sash front doors having 2 lights 13+3H and 2 [lg?] 13+9 beveled glass in them, a vestibule in the entry with a tile floor, mosaic panels on the side 4 ft high and a square head doorframe, transom and folding sash doors the same as front, except the transom and doors are filled in with leaden sash and colored glass.  Front and vestibule doors and frames all cherry.  The Parlors have a square brick bay in front with a window in front with 1 light of 50+48 plate glass in bottom sash and a leaden sash and colored glass in top sash and a similar window with 26 inch wide glass in it in the angle corner, and 3-2 light 30+42 windows in St side, recessed panels under all, a neat cherry mantel in each Parlor, a mirror to back Parlor mantel and a glazed tile fireboard to each, and stucco molding cornice and centre in each Parlor and 7/4 double faced doors.  Work all trimmed with 5in finish with corner blocks 9in sub and molded washboard and all finished with cherry.  Story 12 ft.

            The main building at second story is divided into two rooms, with an entry off the side of back room, 2 windows front having each 1 light 32+44 in bottom sash and a centre and border lights in top sash and a similar window in back room.  A neat cherry wardrobe with 4 beveled mirror doors in the front room and a corner closet in the back room, recessed panels under the windows, 5in finish with corner blocks, 7 in molded washboard 6/4 doubled faced passage and a 5/4 single lg [?] closet door all finished with cherry.  An overhanging frame bath house on the St. side of second story inclosed [sic] with panel work, wood molding cornice slate roof and pendent molding ceiling underneath and has 5-1 light 10+24 leaden and colored glass windows wainscoted 4 ft. high with planed and beaded cherry boards, 5in finish with corner blocks, two 6/4 double faced passage doors, a water closet a washstand with marble top and a basin a copper bath tub hot and cold water and all finished with cherry.  Story 8ft 6in.

            The third or mansard roof story is divided the same as second story and has a brick gable front with a window in the centre with 1 light 38+30 in bottom sash and a centre and border lights in top sash and 2-1 light 20+38 windows front 2-2 light 36+30 square top dormers in St. side and a 30+30+ back a side closet in front room and a corner closet in each room.  4in finish with corner blocks, 6in molded washboard, 6/4 double faced passage 5/4 single [lg?] closet doors and all finished with white pine.  Story 9 ft. The St. side and the front on the sides of gable is covered with red tile and tin on top, sheet metal, eave cornice, gutters in the eaves and conductor.

            The back building at the basement is divided is divided into a Billiard room front and a laundry back.  The billiard room has 2-2 light 30+18 windows, 3in finish wainscoted 4ft high with planed and beaded yellow pine boards and 2 sash passage doors each with 6 lights of 10+12 glass in it.  The laundry has a doorframe and sash door back. 2-2 light 30+18 windows, wainscoted 3 ft. 6in high with the same as billiard room, finish the same also, a range and soapstone washtubs.  Story 9 ft in front room and 8ft 3 inches in laundry.

            The back building at first story is divided into the main stairway front, Dining room, Pantry and kitchen.  The main stairs extends up to third story and has close string, open underneath, turned newels hand rail and ornamental turned balusters, a 4 light 20+20 leaden sash and colored glass window on first and second half pace Staircase all cherry except steps and risers which are yellow pine.  The Dining room has a square frame bay in the side with a 2 light 26+24 window in the centre and 2 similar [lg?] with glass 18in wide, a neat oak sideboard under them 5in finish with corner blocks 7in molded washboard, folding sash doors front having 2 lights 15+50 and 2 lights 15+12 glass in them, a neat oak mantel with glazed tile fireboard and stucco molding cornice and centre.  Dining room furnished with oak.  The pantry has a 2 light 30+32 window, 4in finish, 7in molded washboard.  6/4 double faced passage doors, a butlers sink and a dresser with drawers and panel doors.  The kitchen has a plain back doorframe panel door. 2-2 light 30+32 windows, wainscoted 4ft high with planed yellow pine board beaded, a dresser and finish the same as pantry, a range, circulating boiler, a galvanized cast iron sink, and close winding stairs extending to third story with basement steps under gas pipe handrail up the stairway and 2-2 light 16+28 windows in the back on the stairway, panel doors to basement steps and stairways.  Kitchen and pantry finished with white pine, Story 10 ft.

            A small one story toilet room on the side of main stairway, a slate roof, slate under the windows and molding cornice, and a 38+26 window filled in with leaden sash and colored glass, a corner washstand with marble top and a basin and a water closet, a 6/4 double faced passage door and finished with cherry.

            The back building at second story is divided into the Sitting room front and a small smoking room and the back stairway back  The Sitting room has 3-2 light 30+32 windows in St. side recessed panels under them, 5in finish with corner blocks, 9in sub and molded washboard, folding sash doors front having 2 lights 15+50 and 2 [lg?] 15+12 glass in them, a neat [?] cherry mirror mantel and a fireplace with glazed tile facing and hearth and a grate, a 5/4 single faced door to back stairway and stucco molding cornice and centre.  The smoking room has a circular tower in the corner with 3-2 light 22+30 windows in it.  Leaden sash and colored glass in top sash, recessed panels under them and inside blinds to them, finish the same as Sitting room and stucco molding cornice and centre.  Sitting room and smoking room finished with cherry.  Story 10 ft.

            The back building at third story is divided into a bath room at the front, a chamber, and a store room at the rear and an entry on the north side.  The bath room has a two light 24+30 window, wainscoted 4 ft. high with planed and beaded yellow pin boards, a washstand with a marble top and a basin, a water closet, a copper bath tub hot and cold water.  The chamber has a 2 light 30+30 window and a closet.  The storeroom has a 2 light 30+30 window with side and 3-2 light 24+28 windows in the tower, inside blinds to tower windows also, a corner closet and a case of drawers with a cupboard over them  Work all trimmed with 4in finish with corner blocks 6in molded washboard 6/4 double and 5/4 single faced doors and story 9 ft. a flat tin roof, copper conductor and sheet metal molding cornice.  The tower has slate under the windows, a concave slate roof, sheet metal molding cornice, sheet metal pendent under the bottom and reeded panels and plain pilasters to the windows.

A shed over the steps on the rear 4 ft. wide having a slate roof on it.

            Samuel Hillman, Surveyor

Plan of front parlor, back parlor, dining room and kitchen

SOURCE:  Historical Society of Pennsylvania