6105 Germantown Avenue
Blair-Button-Deaver House

LCP: John G. Bullock Collection (lantern slides):

Two and a half story stone and stucco house, with elegant woodwork and extensive rear additions. Built in 1806 by Rev. Blair for his son Samuel Blair, Jr. Owned by John Button from 1835 until his death in 1882, when his grandson Priestly Button inherited the house. Owned in 1912 by Dr. Richard Deaver. Demolished 1935.

Button pioneered the steam powered manufacture of hosiery in the Philadelphia area, having brought two machines with him when he immigrated from England in 1830. In 1835 Button erected a mill building at the rear of this property; over the next decades substantial additions were made. The Button hosiery enterprise was known as the Germantown Hosiery Mills in the late nineteenth century. The Buttons owned a number of properties is the area, including an elegant stable across East Walnut Lane and the Victorian mansion of Conyers Button on West Walnut Lane.

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