Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
|Townships||Abington , Cheltenham|
|Commissioners||Harvey Portner (West)|
Morton J. Simon, Jr. (Central)
Kathy A. Hampton (West)
|Elevation||157 ft (48 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight Time)|
|Area code(s)||215 and 267|
Elkins Park is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is split between Cheltenham and Abington Townships in the suburbs, which it borders along Cheltenham Avenue roughly 6 miles (9.7 km) from downtown. An affluent community, it is the home of Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room, derelict Gilded Age mansion.
Points of interest
- Beth Sholom Synagogue, the only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Elkins Estate, former family summer home of Pennsylvania Railroad Company magnate William L. Elkins.
- High School Park, an 11-acre park with four distinct ecosystems, was the original grounds of Cheltenham High School and became a township park in 1996 after the building burned down
- Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room, derelict Gilded Age mansion
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982
- Richard Wall House, a house listed on State and National Registers of Historic Places, had the distinction of being the oldest Pennsylvania house in continuous residence until rehabilitation work began
The portion in Cheltenham Township is zoned to Cheltenham Township School District.
- Myers Elementary School
- Elkins Park Middle School
- Lynnwood Elementary School (now closed and converted into an administrative building); served as an elementary school from February 1951 through 1977
The portion in Abington Township is zoned to Abington School District.
- McKinley Elementary School
- Perelman Jewish Day School
- Robert Saligman Middle School (closed in 2012)
- St. James Catholic School (shut down)
- Gratz College
- Salus University
- The former campus of the Tyler School of Art, the art school of Temple University
- Settlement Music School
Elkins Park is served by SEPTA Regional Rail trains on the Warminster Line, West Trenton Line and Lansdale/Doylestown Line at the Elkins Park station. The Jenkintown and Melrose Park stations are also found near the neighborhood of Elkins Park, and are served by the same regional rail lines. SEPTA bus routes 28, 55, 70 and 77 also provide service to Elkins Park.
Toward the western end of Elkins Park is Pennsylvania Route 611 (Old York Road). In Elkins Park, Pennsylvania Route 73 runs along Township Line Road, mostly marking the border between Cheltenham and Abington townships.
Prominent current or former residents
- Jay Ansill, composer and folk musician
- Michael S. Brown, Nobel prize winner in medicine or physiology
- Bill Cosby, actor, comedian and recently convicted felon lives in Elkins Park
- Douglas Feith, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, grew up in Elkins Park
- Marvin Harrison, NFL wide-receiver for the Indianapolis Colts
- Lil Dicky, rapper and comedian
- William Lukens Elkins, oil and transport magnate
- William McIntire Elkins, rare book collector
- Mark Levin, radio talk show host
- Edgar Lee Masters, poet; spent his final years in Elkins Park
- Mary Ellen Mark, photojournalist
- Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
- Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier and brother of Benjamin Netanyahu
- Ralph J. Roberts, co-founder of Comcast; father of current Comcast chief executive officer, Brian L. Roberts
- Jeffrey Solow, classical cellist and academic
- Peter A. B. Widener, head of a wealthy and historically prominent family
- Harry Elkins Widener, grandson of Peter A. B. Widener and namesake of Widener Library at Harvard University; born in Elkins Park and died on the RMS Titanic
- Eleanor Elkins Widener, founder of Widener Library to honor her son
- Bernard Wolfman, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
In popular culture
In the AMC period drama television series Mad Men, the character Betty Draper was raised in the "tiny Philadelphia suburb of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania". During the show's second season, Betty's father has a series of strokes, and is taken to "Elkins Park Hospital" in the script. This would have actually been the former Rolling Hill Hospital, which opened in 1953, and is now known as Mossrehab and Einstein at Elkins Park, part of the Einstein Healthcare Network.
- "Elkins Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
- National Park Service (March 13, 2009). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Daniel Arkin, Judge confines Bill Cosby to his Pennsylvania home until he is sentenced, NBC News (April 27, 2018).
- Steve Goldstein, Life in academia for a planner of Iraq war, Philadelphia Inqurier (January 29, 2007).
- George, John (November 10, 2003). "Einstein Rehabs Hospital". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
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