5849-51-53 Germantown Avenue
Former Presbyterian Church/YMCA
Left: "The Young Men's Christian Association, Main
Street," [built 1812] Rev. S. F. Hotchkins, Ancient and
Modern Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia:
P. W. Ziegler and Co., 1889), page 139 (engraving).
Right: PHC: "Young Men's Christian Association, Germantown"
[built 1892] (photographic image).
In 1812 a Greek Revival structure was built on this site as
Germantown's First Presbyterian Church. In 1873 after First
Presbyterian constructed a new building on Chelten Avenue, the
YMCA moved to this location from its previous location on Market
Square. The Greek Revival building was replaced in 1892 by the
larger structure in the second picture. Further expansion plans
in 1911 led to the purchase of adjacent properties on Germantown
Avenue and Haines Street (including the sites of Coulston's house and of the old Methodist cemetery).
- GHS: Handsome Homes of Germantown, Chestnut Hill, Mt.
Airy & Pelham (Germantown: Independent-Gazette, 1899), p. 19:
"Young Men's Christian Association" (photograph).
- GHS: Johnson, George Clarence. "Pictorial Germantown
Road...," p. 88 (text).
- GHS: Keyser, Naaman. History of Old Germantown.
Manuscript notes for v. 2, p. 30 (unpublished typewritten
text on the YMCA).
- GHS: Photo Box 11, envelope 8: "First Presbyterian
Church, old Blg-5847-5851 Gtn Ave." (photographic print #641 pos.
433 featured in "spaces and Places" exhibit, 1980. Shows the
upper end of Potter's Row as well as the three buildings above
the YMCA/Presbyterian Church).
- GHS: Photo Scrapbook 5, p. 46: "Building of the
Germantown Young Men's Christian Association, 1873-1892.
Formerly the Building of the First Presbyterian Church in
Germantown. East Side of Germantown Avenue, South of Haines St.
(same photographic image as in Photo Box 11, envelope 8; however,
this image includes slightly more of Germantown Avenue on either
side of the YMCA).
- HSP: Campbell Collection, vol. 33, pp. 147-152: 1872
YMCA Building and 1911 Expansion Plans (photographs, drawings, and
- HSP: Shoemaker Collection, folio 19: Young Men's
Christian Association Hall (former First Presbyterian Church)
(photograph and manuscript
text, dated 1890).
- Hotchkins, Rev. S. F. Ancient and Modern
Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. Philadelphia: P.
W. Ziegler and Co., 1889, pp. 138-141 (text and above engraving).
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