Cobbs Creek, Philadelphia
Cobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce St., 62nd St., and Angora St.|
|Area||100 acres (40 ha)|
|Architect||E.A. Wilson; et al.|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Bungalow/craftsman|
|NRHP reference #||98001366|
|Added to NRHP||November 12, 1998|
Cobbs Creek is a neighborhood located in the West Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Cobbs Creek is generally bounded by Market Street to the north, Baltimore Avenue to the south, 52nd Street to the east, and Cobbs Creek Parkway to the west. It is often locally referred to as "The Southside", in reference to its location to the south of Market Street and above the Baltimore Avenue border of Southwest Philadelphia, as well as a neighborhood distinction used by local street gangs in the area during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1998, the Cobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District was created, with Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce Street, 62nd Street, and Angora Street its boundaries. The District protects 1049 buildings, with Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, and Bungalow/Craftsman architectural styles contained within the district.
Philadelphia architect William Alesker, who was involved in the plans for a Trump Tower in Center City, and Evangelical minister Tony Campolo, one of Bill Clinton's spiritual advisers, lived, respectively, in the 6200 blocks of Pine and Delancey Streets back in the 1940s and 1950s.
Fires from the 1985 bombing of the MOVE headquarters at 6221 Osage Avenue spread to 64 other buildings in the neighborhood. The destroyed homes were hastily rebuilt by the city, but were later condemned after years of attempted repairs to the shoddy construction.
Primary and secondary schools
The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools. Andrew Hamilton Elementary School located at S.56th St. & Spruce St., Sayre High (formerly a middle school) is located at S.58th St & Walnut St. and West Philadelphia High School.
Free Library of Philadelphia operates the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch at 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway at the intersection of 59th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The branch opened in 1925 and was renamed in 1990 after an area activist.
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- "Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.
- Media related to Cobbs Creek, Philadelphia at Wikimedia Commons
- Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
- InfoResources West Philadelphia Neighborhood - Cobbs Creek
- Historic Photographs of Cobbs Creek, PhillyHistory.org