Alden Park Manor

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Alden Park Manor
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Main entrance
Alden Park Manor is located in Philadelphia
Alden Park Manor
Alden Park Manor is located in Pennsylvania
Alden Park Manor
Alden Park Manor is located in the US
Alden Park Manor
Location School House Lane and Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°1′34″N 75°11′10″W / 40.02611°N 75.18611°W / 40.02611; -75.18611Coordinates: 40°1′34″N 75°11′10″W / 40.02611°N 75.18611°W / 40.02611; -75.18611
Area 38 acres
Built 1925
Architect Edwin Rorke
Architectural style Other
NRHP reference # 80003606[1]
Added to NRHP August 15, 1980

Alden Park Manor is a living community located at 5500 Wissahickon Avenue in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The community boasts a tiled indoor pool with a retractable roof, two tennis courts, a newly renovated fitness center, yoga studio, Peloton bike studio, walking and biking trails, and an outdoor pool.[2]

History[edit]

Cambridge building

Built in the Jacobean Revival style, Alden Park Manor was founded and built in 1926. The complex has three sets of towers - the Manor, Kenilworth, and Cambridge buildings. Designed by Edwin Rorke and developed by Lawrence Jones, it was built in a park-like setting on thirty-eight acres that had been the Justus C. Strawbridge estate. It was the first co-operative apartment complex in Philadelphia, although it now operates only as rentals.

The complex overlooks the Wissahickon Valley section of Fairmount Park in the city's Germantown section. The buildings are surrounded by lawns and gardens, a rarity in the fairly urban setting. The complex features a unique indoor swimming pool which is lined with Mercer tiles and has a retractable roof. Alden Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places[citation needed] in 1981. The complex has been substantially renovated since 2015.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Thomas, George E. (1980). "Alden Park Manor" (PDF). National Register of Historical Places Nomination Form. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved December 27, 2013.