Charles Schaeffer School

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Charles Schaeffer School
Schaeffer School 1876.JPG
Charles Schaeffer School, June 2010
Charles Schaeffer School is located in Philadelphia
Charles Schaeffer School
Charles Schaeffer School is located in Pennsylvania
Charles Schaeffer School
Charles Schaeffer School is located in the United States
Charles Schaeffer School
LocationGermantown Ave. and Abbottsford Rd.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°1′38″N 75°9′38″W / 40.02722°N 75.16056°W / 40.02722; -75.16056Coordinates: 40°1′38″N 75°9′38″W / 40.02722°N 75.16056°W / 40.02722; -75.16056
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built1876, 1914
Built byP.H. Somerset
ArchitectLouis H. Esler
Architectural styleGothic
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference #86003327[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1986

Charles Schaeffer School, most recently the Seventh Day Adventist Church, is a historic former school building located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was built in 1876 by the School District of Philadelphia, and is a 3 1/2-story, schist building in the Gothic-style. It features brownstone trim, a pedimented gable roofline, molded cornice with decorative brackets, and a three-story projecting front section added in 1914.[2] It was called the C. W. Schaeffer Combined Secondary and Primary School.[3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

In July 2011, Weinstein Properties purchased the school building from the Mitzpah Seventh Day Adventist Church. Mitzpah had owned both the school and the adjacent Wakefield Presbyterian Church, but abandoned them to move into a larger historic church, the former Frankford Baptist Church (1853-1855) at 4357 Paul Street.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes B. Mintz (July 1986). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Charles Schaeffer School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ Custis, John Trevor (1897). The Public Schools of Philadelphia, Historical, Biographical, Statistical. Philadelphia: Burk & McFetridge Co. p. 385, 391.
  4. ^ Hildebrandt, Rachel (October 11, 2011). "Key Germantown Ave Site Set For Rehab". Hidden City. Philadelphia. Retrieved September 28, 2018.