Nelson Z. Graves residence

Manheim Street and Wissahickon Avenue
Current Address: 5051 Wissahickon 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 9.

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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 9.


There are other books talking about notable Philadelphians that mentioned this residence of Mr. Graves. Below is an excerpt from Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians that describes the residence:
"In the midst of six acres of beautiful grounds, in a delightful part of Germantown, stands the substantial home of Nelson Z. Graves, President of N. Z. Graves & Co., one of the largest houses in the United States, manufacturing varnishes, white lead, japans, etc. Finely appointed granite stable, two green houses, etc. Adjoining is the Colonial style residence of his son, Ferdinand J. Graves." (p.89)
King, Moses, Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians, New York: Moses King, 1901.


Headline: Germantown Stable Burned; Article Type: News/Opinion; published by Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA • 01-02-1900 • Page [1]


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Boyd's city directory of 1900 shows that Nelson Z. Graves is the president of N Z Graves & Co., which is doing varnish business.

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

Interstingly, the 1899 Philadelphia blue book shows the address of the summer residence of Graves in New Jersey, implying the pretigious social status of the Graves family as owning summer houses and having the time to go on vacation.

Boyd's Philadelphia Blue Book, Philadelphia: C. E. Howe Co., 1899.


Owning various kinds of business and factories, Mr. Graves is mentioned in the book Distinguished Men of Philadelphia and of Pennsylvania, in which his various kinds of positions and titles were listed. He is a member of Union League, and he owns business not only in Philadelphia, but also in Cape May, New Jersey.

Phillips Studio, Distinguished Men of Philadelphia and of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: the Press Co., 1913.

The Graves house is no longer there today, and the surrounding area also changed a lot.

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