Formerly on north side of what is now Sunset Avenue, near Crefeld Street

 

(photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection: 1970.47)


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8Formerly on north side of what is now Sunset Avenue, near
Crefeld Street. Demolished. "Belle Ayre". Sunset Avenue near
Germantown Road. "Belle Ayre with its imposing and hospitable
stone residence built 1885 by George I. Bodine, head of banking
firm of Bodine, Altemus & Co., is a comfortable home in Chestnut
Hill on part of the Hildebrun estate, commanding a grand view
of the White Marsh Valley." - King's Views of Philadelphia,
p. 88. One of several homes in Chestnut Hill that had an open
porch on top of a tower so that the owners might take advantage
of the views and breezes. .