Justus C. Strawbridge residence

School Lane and Wissahickon Avenue
Current Address: 5500 Wissahickon Avenue
(Existed in 1895 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, Complete in One Volume, 1895. Published by G.W. Bromley and Co., 1895, Plate 32.



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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:
"'Torworth,' the home of Justus C. Strawbridge, an eminent citizen, formerly of Strawbridge & Clothier, donor of the Franklin statue, president of the Commercial Museum, etc., is one of the most noteworthy adornments of School House Lane, so named after the ancient Germantown Academy." (p.86)

Also mentioned in the book is that Addison Hutton is the architect for the house. Hutton was a Philadelphia architect who designed prominent residences in Philadelphia and its suburbs.
King, Moses, Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians, New York: Moses King, 1901.


King, Moses, Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians, New York: Moses King, 1901, p.86.

In the same book, Strawbridge is also mentioned as a notable Philadelphian.

King, Moses, Philadelphia and Notable Philadelphians, New York: Moses King, 1901, p.47.

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Boyd's city directory of 1900 shows that Justus C. Strawbridge is in the company Strawbridge & Clothier, followed by the Germantown address matched with the atlas.

Boyd's Co-partnership and Residence Business Directory of Philadelphia City. Philadelphia: Boyd's Directory Office, 1900, p.691. Ebook.


Another excerpt from Boyd's directory shows that Strawbridge & Clothier is a company doing dry goods business, with the business address at 8th and Market Street. Justus was one of the several owners of the company.

Boyd's Co-partnership and Residence Business Directory of Philadelphia City. Philadelphia: Boyd's Directory Office, 1900, p.691. Ebook.


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The residence of Justus C. Strawbridge is no longer there today, and the original site became a parking lot for nearby apartments.

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