8860 Germantown Avenue (near Laughlin Lane)


(photo courtesy of Chesnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection- 1970.33)

ARCHITECT: Uunknown.

This house was on the site of the present 8846 & 8860 Germantown Ave. It was built before 1876,
probably in the 1860s, to the south of the Jesse Kneedler property and house. The Borie list
reads, "Kneedler" and in handwriting "Fleming 2nd up", but I (Liz Jarvis) believe this was
the house just south of the Kneedler house. See photocopy 2003.4.1 which is the same house
from the side. This was the house of donor, Joan Wallich's, grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. William
Ernest Goodman. On the 1923 Atlas, their name is recorded below the Kneedler property.
Joan said her parents lived here in the 19teens through about 1935. Then the house was deemed
too expensive to heat. The family moved to 140 Bethlehem Pike and was there during WWII, when
Joan came from South America to live with them. She remembers being taken to see the vacant
house on Germantown Ave during the war years. This is a bit puzzling as the 2 houses now on
the front of the property were built in the late 1930s. It is possible this house was still
standing as the 1930s houses are close to the road.