9012 Crefeld Street

 

 

(photo courtsy of Chesnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection- 1970.49)


DATE: 1899
ORIGINAL OWNER: Russel Thayer
ARCHITECT: Unknown
CONTRACTOR: James Kinnier's Sons

This shingle-style dwelling sited on the edge of the Wissahickon was radically altered in 1911 and 1913 by
Brockie &Hastings, and in 1923, 1927, and 1935 by Tilden, Register & Pepper so that today the house little
resembles the one pictured here. The original version of the house signaled the change from a Victorian to a more
contemporary aesthetic--an overall horizontal character expressed in mass, roof lines, linear alignment of
elements, but punctuated by the vertical tower that added an element of tension; shingles were used to
visually blend the geometric masses into a unified whole.

 

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