Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
|Elkins Park, Pennsylvania|
Beth Sholom Synagogue
|Elevation||157 ft (47.9 m)|
|Commissioners||Harvey Portner (West)
Morton J. Simon, Jr. (Central)
Kathy A. Hampton (West)
|Timezone||Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)|
|- summer (DST)||Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)|
Elkins Park is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is split between Cheltenham and Abington Townships in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Elkins Park is represented by Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. It borders the City of Philadelphia along Cheltenham Avenue, and is roughly 9 miles (14 km) from Center City, Philadelphia.
Points of interest
- Congregation Adath Jeshurun, a founding member of the United Synagogue of America.
- Beth Sholom Synagogue, the only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room, derelict Gilded Age mansion is in Elkins Park.
- Elkins Estate
- Richard Wall House, a house is listed on State and National Registers of Historic Places and had the distinction of being the oldest Pennsylvania house in continuous residence until rehabilitation work began.
- High School Park, an 11-acre park with four distinct ecosystems, was the original grounds of Cheltenham High School and became a township park in 1996 after the building burned down.
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
- Creekside Co-op, a cooperative member-owned food market
- Elkins Park Middle School
- McKinley Elementary School
- Myers Elementary School
- Lynnwood Elementary School (now closed and converted into an Administrative Building). Served as an elementary school from February 1951 through 1977.
- Pennsylvania College of Optometry
- Perelman Jewish Day School
- Robert Saligman Middle School
- Settlement Music School
- St. James Catholic School (shut down)
- Gratz College
- Salus University
- The former campus of the Tyler School of Art, the art school of Temple University
Elkins Park is served by SEPTA Regional Rail trains on the Warminster Line, West Trenton Line and Lansdale/Doylestown Line at the Elkins Park station. The Jenkintown, Melrose Park, and Ryers stations are also found near the neighborhood of Elkins Park, and are served by the same regional rail lines (with the exception of Ryers, which is served by the Fox Chase Line).
SEPTA bus routes 28, 55, 70 and 77 also provide service to Elkins Park.
Toward the western end of Elkins Park is Pennsylvania Route 611 (Old York Road). In Elkins Park, Pennsylvania Route 73 runs along Township Line Road, mostly marking the border between Cheltenham and Abington townships.
|La Mott||Fox Chase, Philadelphia|
|Melrose Park||East Oak Lane, Philadelphia||Cheltenham|
Prominent current or former residents
- Bill Cosby (comedian)
- Douglas Feith (former Under-Secretary of Defense)
- Marvin Harrison (NFL wide-receiver for the Indianapolis Colts)
- Mark Levin (radio talk show host)
- Edgar Lee Masters (poet—spent his final years in Elkins Park)
- Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel)
- Yonatan Netanyahu (Israeli war hero)
- Ralph J. Roberts (co-founder of Comcast, father of current Comcast CEO, Brian L. Roberts)
- Jeffrey Solow (American virtuoso cellist)
- Peter A. B. Widener (head of a wealthy and historically prominent family)
- Harry Elkins Widener (grandson of Peter A. B. Widener and namesake of Widener Library at Harvard University, born in Elkins Park and died on the Titanic)
- Andy Snitzer ( jazz musician )
In popular culture
In the AMC series Mad Men, Betty Draper was raised in the "tiny Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania." During the second season, Betty's father has a series of strokes, and is taken to "Elkins Park Hospital" in the script. This would have actually been the former Rolling Hill Hospital, which opened in 1953, and is now known as Mossrehab and Einstein at Elkins park, part of the Einstein Healthcare Network.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.|
- Abington Township Website
- Cheltenham Township Website
- School District of Abington Township Website
- School District of Cheltenham Township Website
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Official Website