Five treasured places have joined the Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s (CHHS) Architectural Hall of Fame, a distinguished list of Chestnut Hill’s most beloved significant buildings, structures, and landscapes, chosen by over 1,400 votes from the general public.
This year’s inductees are: Morris Arboretum (numerous notable architects, 19th-21st centuries), the Chestnut Hill Fire Station (John T. Windrim, 1894), the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (G.W. and W.D. Hewitt, 1895), Krisheim, located at 7638 McCallum Street (Peabody and Stearns, Olmsted Brothers, 1910-12) and 614 St. Andrews Road (Elie-Antoine Atallah, 2013). They were announced at a sold-out CHHS gala on Sat., Nov. 5, held at the Chestnut Hill home of Karen and Jeff Regan. These are added to 2015 inductees: the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge (originally built 1731), Gravers Lane Station (Frank Furness, 1883), the Wissahickon Inn (G.W. and W.D. Hewitt, 1883-84), the Margaret Esherick House (Louis Kahn, 1960-61), and the Vanna Venturi House (Robert Venturi, 1962-64).
“The Architectural Hall of Fame celebrates Chestnut Hill as one of America’s most architecturally significant communities,” said Lori Salganicoff, CHHS executive director. “The community is blessed with outstanding examples of architecture spanning four centuries, along with stunning natural landscape that weaves throughout. Chestnut Hill is not only a historic place but one where great design thrives into the future, as evident by the large number of votes for a building that’s just a few years old — 614 St. Andrews Rd., designed in the Philadelphia Modernist tradition by Elie-Antoine Atallah in 2013,” Salganicoff said.
“The Architectural Hall of Fame serves the Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s mission to protect and manage change in the built environment by raising community awareness about its irreplaceable assets,” Salganicoff said. “And it honors the effort that current stewards are making, which is essential.”
The Architectural Hall of Fame recognizes the community’s most treasured buildings, structures and landscapes in Chestnut Hill. These properties represent groundbreaking approaches to planning and design; or are significant for their design, materials, craftsmanship; or as an exceptional example of their style, or are of historic significance because of an association with an event, a person, or by virtue of age.
Over 200 people attended the gala, which was sponsored by Bacchus Catering, Dennis F. Meyer Inc., Generation 3 Electric, Old Village Master Painters, and featured Liberty Gin donated by Palmer Distilling Company, wine donated and poured by Moore Brothers Wine Company, decor by Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird, Champagne donated by Kurfiss Sotheby’s, and desserts donated by Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. Charleston, S.C.-based auctioneer George Read led the evening’s program. Additional sponsors included Bowman Properties, George Woodward Company, Johnson Kendall & Johnson, Krieger + Associates Architects, Kurtz Construction. Matthew Millan Architects, the Nottingham-Goodman Group of Merrill Lynch Bank of America, Pure Insurance, Regan Construction, Regan Kline Cross, Tallulah & Bird and media sponsor Chestnut Hill Local.
About the Chestnut Hill Historical Society:
The Chestnut Hill Historical Society, founded in 1967, is an educational center and advocate for the architecture, open space and social history of Chestnut Hill and contiguous communities.
Caption: Chestnut Hill Fire Captain Timothy Gough, accepting an Architectural Hall of Fame Award for the Romanesque Revival-style Chestnut Hill Fire Station (1894) from Chestnut Hill Historical Society Board President, Randy Williams.
Credit: Jon Ristaino, FarmCat Media
Caption: Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s Board President, Randy Williams and Executive Director, Lori Salganicoff, with Dan Macey, co-owner of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, the Margaret Esherick House (Louis Kahn, 1960-61).
Credit: Jon Ristaino, FarmCat Media