5857 Germantown Avenue
Samuel Coulston's house
Left: HSP: "Sylvester
Coulston's House," Shoemaker Collection, folio 9 (image of wash and
ink drawing by John Richards).
Right: HSP: Campbell Collection (compiled
by Jane Campbell, circa 1900-1910), vol. 33, p. 152, "Association Property
Undeveloped, Haines Street and Germantown Avenue" (photograph). The
three story brick building at 5857 is to the left of the YMCA and to the
right of the building with its gable end facing the street.
Samuel Coulston's modest home and blacksmith shop were located just above
the YMCA (former First Presbyterian Church). After the house was torn down
for the construction of another building, Coulston continued his operations
in the shop at the rear of the property at least into the 1880s.
The three-story brick store and dwelling that replaced Coulston's house
had a flat roof and a two-register facade. This building was later demolished.
- GHS: Johnson, George Clarence. "Pictorial Germantown Road..."
- p. 88 (text).
- p. 95 "Wheelright Shop on Main St. [Germantown Road] below Harvey,
1907" (photograph of two-story frame and one-and-a-half story stone
buildings behind the buildings facing the street; image identical to photograph
in Photo Scrapbook 5, p. 55--see below).
- 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. Also shows the three buildings
above the YMCA/Presbyterian Church, including the three-story brick building
which replaced Coulston's home).
- 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 photograph as in Photo Box 11, envelope 8; however,
this image includes slightly more of Germantown Avenue on either side of
- GHS: Photo Scrapbook 5, p. 55: "Coulston's Wheelwright Shop Germantown
Avenue below East Haines St." (same photograph as found in Johnson,
v. 2, p. 95--see above).
- GHS: Streets Box 1, envelope 1: news
column about Enos Springer.
- HSP: Richards,
John. Old Landmarks in Germantown and Vicinity, 43a: "Colston
Blacksmith" (wash and ink drawing).
- HSP: Shoemaker Collection, folio 9: (manuscript
text and image of John Richards' wash and
ink drawing, showing Coulston's house and shop and a corner of the YMCA).
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