150 Bethlehem Pike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection: 1970.84)


DATE: 1850
ORIGINAL OWNER: Cephas G. Childs
ARCHITECT: Thomas Ustick Walter
CONTRACTOR: Unknown

This Gothic Revival villa called “Inglewood Cottage” was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter,
one of the mostprominent architects of the mid-19th century. Walter was responsible for the
design of Girard College, and the Greek Revival additions to Andalusia on the Delaware River.
Most prominently, he was architect of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. where he
designed the House and Senate wings and its cast iron dome in the 1850s. This house was
extensively altered in 1900, stripping it of some of its Gothic ornament.