Northeast corner of East Chestnut Hill and Norwood Avenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Historical Society-John Naylor Collection: 1970.78)


DATE: 1887 - 1888
ORIGINAL OWNER: Charles Taylor
ARCHITECT: Unknown
CONTRACTOR: Unknown

Springside School was started in 1879 by Mrs. Comegy and Miss Bell, in one of the two houses
of the south side of Summit Street between Prospect Street and the Reading Railroad. It soon
moved to Chestnut Hill and Norwood Avenues and remained there until the move to the present
location at the intersection of Willow Grove Avenue and Cherokee Street in December, 1957.
Land for the present school (originally part of the front lawn of Druim Moir, the Houston
estate), was given by Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Brown as a birthday present to the school on its
75th anniversary. Addition to the Norwood Avenue school building was probably designed by
Cope and Stewardson, according to Jeff Moak. The spring for which the school is named is on
the property of 129 Bethlehem Pike. Modern doctor's offices and parking lot on site presently.

Note: Demolished Old Springside Upper School in Hotchkin, p. 455: "Mrs. Comegy's School (Springside),"
and on p. 487: "The site of Mrs. Comegy's and Miss Bell's Young Ladies School was occupied by Justus
Donat, a brother of the innkeeper, and was owned by Charles Taylor."