138 West Walnut Lane
Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form (dated 1983)
Office of Historic Preservation, PA Historical & Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA
Available at the Philadelphia Historical Commission

Included are the above photograph, site plan and text including the following information:

Property owners name and address:
John Fryer
138 W. Walnut Lane
Philadelphia PA 19144

Brief description:
"This gable fronted, bracketed [stucco] cottage of the mid-19th century was a conventional, porch fronted suburban house until it was remodelled by Mantle Fielding in 1893. He came up with the idea of removing the front porch and replacing it with a three- story bay that follows the eave line of the roof, supported by a rectangular bay, surmounting a three sided bay, in turn supported on a new three-sided entrance porch. Stick and shingle overlays gave an up-to-date appearance in the 1890's."

History, significance, and background:
"The modernization of an 1860s house in the 1890s suggests the ongoing success of Germantown. In this instance, a former member of Furness staff provided the design and the social standing. The house forms a part of a major line of important houses on West Walnut Lane."

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