Early Projects by McClatchy

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Advertisements by Year

Maps of Development Areas

Pictures of the John McClatchy Building

 

Most of John McClatchy's advertisements didn't give much specific information (such as addresses), so finding out more about the homes he built was difficult. One of the resources used was the PAB--the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings--website. When the project was started the only message found on the search page was that information was "still being compiled." Because the PAB is constantly updating, a couple of weeks later information on a few addresses was available. Unfortunetly it's still not much, but this is what was found:

 

6903-05 Lincoln Dr. Property

Built: c. 1915

Architect: Tourison, Bart
Builder: McClatchey, John
Architectural Style: Tudor Revival

Address: 6903-6905 Lincoln Dr.
Municipality: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County

National Register Status: Undetermined
Resource Category: Building
Approximate Number of Resources: 1

Historical Function: Domestic--Single Dwelling

Other Materials: Stone, Wood

Key Number: 094761
Inventory Identification Number: 94665
Survey Code: 101-025-50780-06903-

McLatchy, John H., Development Houses

Built: c. 1919

Architect: Tourison, B.
Builder: McClatchy, John H.
Architectural Style: Tudor Revival

Address: 6617-6639 Wayne Ave.
Municipality: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County

National Register Status: Undetermined
Resource Category: Building

Key Number: 051625
Inventory Identification Number: 51531
Survey Code: 101-025-81880-06617-

6805 Lincoln Dr. Property

Built: c. 1915

Architect: Tourison, Bart
Builder: McClatchey, John
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Classical Revival

Address: 6805 Lincoln Dr.
Municipality: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County

National Register Status: Undetermined
Resource Category: Building
Approximate Number of Resources: 1

Historical Function: Domestic--Single Dwelling

Other Materials: Stone

Key Number: 054500
Inventory Identification Number: 54406
Survey Code: 101-025-50780-06805

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6903-05 Lincoln Drive

6617-6639 Wayne Avenue

6805 Lincoln Drive

This particular information was taken from a website that was linked to PAB: the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, or PHMC. Although it doesn't appear to tell us much about McClatchy, it does show a business relationship with the architect Bart Tourison, which is something that could not be gleaned from the advertisements or city directory entry. The PAB information on Tourison is really helpful, should you be interested in learning about him as well. We were unable to find connections between McClatchy and Tourison on other projects, but do suspect that it's possible Tourison was working for him during the early years of his business. Our time spent researching was somewhat limited, and so we encourage others to look into the connection and see if any confirmation of this or proof to the contrary can be found.

Finally, the only drawings that could be found on file for McClatchy, are blueprints from the Cotswold House, another structure that we don't know much about. The holding information is available on PAB also, and the blueprints are available through the Borough of Swarthmore Administration Office [contact information].