Join us next Thursday evening for a fascinating image-filled lecture about the history of Grace Hill (8410 Prospect Avenue) and the people who created it and called it home – deeply researched and presented by its current owner Dr. Joseph Pizzano.
Dr. Pizzano’s interest in Grace Hill began with the original blueprints and other archival information gifted to him by Ned Wood, a prior owner, and grew from there over the decades. Grace Hill was built for publisher and railroad manager Cephas Childs in 1855, a year before the Chestnut Hill Railroad began operations. It was subsequently named Grace Hill and substantially altered by the Patterson and Woods families with plans by several notable architects. These prominent families were directly involved in the thoughtful evolution of Chestnut Hill from a summer retreat to a residential community – an evolution that directly affected this home. The property was subdivided in 1975, with Grace Hill remaining a single family home and its outbuildings converted to also be single family homes.