Walnut Hill, Philadelphia

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Walnut Hill
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Allison Mansion on the Walnut Hill College campus
Allison Mansion on the Walnut Hill College campus
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Walnut Hill is a neighborhood in the West Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located between 45th Street and 52nd Street, bounded by Market Street and Spruce Street. Most of the neighborhood is in the northwestern part of the University City District. It is northeast of Cedar Park and northwest of Spruce Hill.

It is a racially mixed neighborhood with large numbers of African Americans, Middle Easterners, and Italian Americans, along with a large seasonal student population. There is a growing Muslim presence, owing to the Masjid Jam'ia mosque at 43rd and Walnut Streets (affiliated with UPenn's Muslim Student Organization), the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects mosque at 45th and Walnut Streets, and Masjid Al Birr Wat Taqwa mosque on 52nd and Market Streets. There are a number of establishments that sell Halal food.

The neighborhood was largely built from the start of the 20th century through the 1940s, with a large growth spurt immediately following the construction of the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line. It is mostly 2 and 3-story rowhouses.

As 52nd Street is often considered to be the geographic and psychological "heart" of West Philadelphia, those living in the western reaches of Walnut Hill may be less likely to identify with the neighborhood and more likely to describe their neighborhood as simply "West Philly."

West Philadelphia High School is located in Walnut Hill and The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is close by, if not technically within the boundaries of the neighborhood. In recent years, the Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation, in collaboration with the Walnut Hill Community Association, has made strides to spur development in the neighborhood.

The La Blanche Apartments and Henry C. Lea School of Practice are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

American Bandstand was first broadcast from the ABC studio at 46th and Market Streets (now the Enterprise Center).[2]

Science fiction author Issac Asimov lived at Wyngate Hall (now called The Terrace) at 50th and Spruce from 1942-1945, and wrote several of the stories that comprise I, Robot and the Foundation series while living there.[3]


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Coordinates: 39°57′23″N 75°13′10″W / 39.956497°N 75.219398°W / 39.956497; -75.219398