This web site investigates the residences of Pierce Archer and Arthur Baugh in an attempt to understand David K. Boyd's suburban designs and his clientele. It maps the development of the small railroad town of Wynnewood during the turn of the 20th century and the social implications of the development of Philadelphia's main line townships.
This web site was created for educational purposes only, fulling the final project assignment for HSPV 600, under Professor Jeff Cohen, the University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2005.
Gabriela Gutowski and Lauren Hall
The Atheneaum of Philadelphia has done a commendable job of compiling a list of David K. Boyd's architectural projects in and around Philadelphia (can be viewed at www.philadelphiabuildings.org). However, there was a fair number of un-researched citations in reference to David Boyd's architecture, particularly pertaining to residental buildings built in the railroad suburbs along the main line, northwest of Philadelphia. These homes comprise a large percentage of Boyd's work in the Philadelphia area.
Why were such a large number of homes being built along the main line during the early 1900's? Who were David K. Boyd's suburban clients? What can David K. Boyd's architectural career tell us about changes in Philadelphia's social structure and built environment during his life time?