Henry Lister Townsend residence

Wayne Avenue below Walnut Lane
Current Address: 6013 Wayne Avenue
(Existed in 1889 and 1899 Atlas of the City of Philadelphia)




Handsome Homes of Germantown, Mt. Airy & Pelham .. Germantown: Germantown Independent Gazette, 1899. Print.

Bromley, Geo. W. & Bromley, Walter S., Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, Volume 7 , 22nd Ward, Published by G.W. Bromley and Co., 1899, Plate 4.

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RESEARCH ON BUILDING



Bromley, Geo. W. & Bromley, Walter S., Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, Volume 7 , 22nd Ward, Published by G.W. Bromley and Co., 1889, Plate 4.

The architect for the Townsend Residence is George Wattson Hewitt; the house was built in 1887 commissioned by Henry Lister Townsend himself. [wikipedia: need to find more reliable source]

Below is an excerpt from the book "Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians" that describes the residence:
"The imposing English gothic home of Henry L. Townsend, a retired banker, formerly of the firm of DeHaven & Townsend, ex-president of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, occupies a choice location in a fine residence section of Germantown."
King, Moses. Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians. (New York: Blanchard Press, Isaac H. Blanchard Co., 1901), p. 88.


Henry Lister Townsend Residence. King, Moses. Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians. (New York: Blanchard Press, Isaac H. Blanchard Co., 1901), p. 88.


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RESEARCH ON OWNER

As mentioned above and according to Boyd's city directory of 1900, Townsend was the president of Philadelphia Stock Exchange and of the firm DeHaven & Townsend.  The directory also gave the exact address for Townsend's residence in Germantown.

Boyd's Co-partnership and Residence Business Directory of Philadelphia City. Philadelphia: Boyd's Directory Office, 1900. Ebook.

The book "Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians" provided a photograph of Henry L. Townsend.

King, Moses. Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians. (New York: Blanchard Press, Isaac H. Blanchard Co., 1901), p. 39.

Notably, the name appeared on the 1899 and 1889 atlas of the city of Philadelphia for Townsend's residence were neither Henry L. Townsend, but under "Susan S. Townsend". According to the 1900 U.S. Census data, Susan S. Townsend was Henry's spouse, and they were married in 1880. More information about Townsend can be found in the Census data: By the time of 1900, Henry L. Townsend was 50 years old, and he was born in Delaware.
1900 United States Federal Census, Philadelphia Ward 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1464; Page 14B.



The Townsend residence still stands on the original site today, and a majority area of the exterior of the house is still the same as before.
 
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townsendhouse.html; 08/05/2017; JW