Carson College for Orphan Girls

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Carson College for Orphan Girls
Carson College, Flourtown Mother Goose 10.JPG
Mother Goose Cottage (1917-1920).
Carson College for Orphan Girls is located in Pennsylvania
Carson College for Orphan Girls
Carson College for Orphan Girls is located in the US
Carson College for Orphan Girls
Location Between W. Mill and Wissahickon Rds., Flourtown, Springfield Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°06′00″N 75°13′16″W / 40.10000°N 75.22111°W / 40.10000; -75.22111Coordinates: 40°06′00″N 75°13′16″W / 40.10000°N 75.22111°W / 40.10000; -75.22111
Area 90 acres (36 ha)
Built 1917-1932
Architect Kelsey, Albert; Et al.
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 91000227[1]
Added to NRHP March 15, 1991

Carson College for Orphan Girls, also known as Carson Valley School, is a historic school complex and national historic district located in Flourtown, Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The buildings remain in active use by the same institution, now coeducational and named Carson Valley Children's Aid.

Buildings[edit]

The district encompasses nine contributing buildings. They are an assemblage of low-scale, Tudor Revival style structures built between 1917 and 1932. It includes the Mother Goose Cottage (1917-1920), Red Gables Cottage (1917-1920), Stork Hill (1918), Thistle Cottage (1917-1920), Upper Beech Cottage (c. 1930), Lower Beech Cottage (c. 1930), Beech Branch Cottage (c. 1930), a garage (1917-1920), and a shop / storehouse (1932). The campus was designed by noted architect Albert Kelsey (1870-1950) to be reminiscent of a 16th-century English village.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

The school[edit]

Founded in 1917 by Philadelphia philanthropists Robert and Isabel Carson, the school was renamed Carson Valley Children's Aid (CVCA) after a 2008 merger with the Norristown-based Children's Aid Society. CVCA provides regular and special education, behavioral therapy and psychotherapy for 6th–12th grade boys and girls who have behavioral disorders or mental illnesses, in residential as well as day school programs.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Alice Kent Schooler (December 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Carson College for Orphan Girls" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "About CVCA: History and Mission". Carson Valley Children's Aid. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Our Services: Campus Life". Carson Valley Children's Aid. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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