"builder of homes"

John H. McClatchy was a self described "builder of homes" about whom very little is known. The advertisements of his building developments within this website date from 1918-1929 (excluding 1919-1920 when little work was done because of World War I) and were gathered from The Philadelphia Inquirer archives on microfilm at the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library. The compliation of information contained herein contains a sampling of his advertisements and several maps of areas where he built and is intended as a jumping-off point for future work.

One of the only records of John H. McClatchy can be found in the 1925 Philadelphia City Directory (which is available at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum, as well as other such locations). His entry reads as follows:

1925 City Directory Entry:

Builder and Contractor

848 Land Title Building

Phones Bell Rittenhouse 8730

Keystone Race 6211

Branch Office 69th and Mancet, Phones Bell

Allegheny 1700 and Lansdome 1408

Keystone West 1754

h. Menon Pa. Phone Bell Cynwyd 749

Included in this site:

Advertisements by Year

Maps of Development Areas

Early Projects by McClatchy

Pictures of the John McClatchy Building



The authors of this page are Sarah Shotwell and Abby Merlis. We completed this website as an assignment for our Documentation class, a requirement for the masters program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. We were initially interested in John McClatchy due to the large number of advertisements he took out in the Philadelphia Inquirer, but the relative lack of information on him or his developments. We had hoped to create an easily navigable compilation of some of his advertisements that could aid others in their own research. We have also included links to the resources we used in putting this website together so that if others are curious they would have a starting point for their investigation. Comments or questions are welcome.