Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Clockwise from top, Wall House, Cheltenham Twinning Fingerpost, Cheltenham EMS Building, Cheltenham Township Municipal Building, Township Police Headquarters sign on Old York Road, Beth Shalom Synagogue
Clockwise from top, Wall House, Cheltenham Twinning Fingerpost, Cheltenham EMS Building, Cheltenham Township Municipal Building, Township Police Headquarters sign on Old York Road, Beth Shalom Synagogue
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Location of Elkins Park in Pennsylvania
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania is located in the United States
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°04′37″N 75°07′37″W / 40.07694°N 75.12694°W / 40.07694; -75.12694Coordinates: 40°04′37″N 75°07′37″W / 40.07694°N 75.12694°W / 40.07694; -75.12694
CountryUnited States
TownshipsAbington, Cheltenham
CommissionersAnn L. Rappoport (West)
Mitchell Zygmund-Felt (Central)
Brad M. Pransky (West)
157 ft (48 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight Time)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)215, 267 and 445

Elkins Park is an unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is split between Cheltenham and Abington Townships in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, which it borders along Cheltenham Avenue roughly 7 miles (11 km) from Center City. It is four station stops from Center City on Septa Regional Rail.[2] It was listed as a census-designated place prior to the 2020 census.

Historically Elkins Park was home to Philadelphia's early 20th century business elite, among them John B. Stetson, John Wanamaker, Henry W. Breyer, Jay Cooke, William Lukens Elkins and Peter A.B. Widener. In the later 20th century it was home to Ralph J. Roberts, co-founder of Comcast, as well as to the Gimbels family,[3] founders of the department store chain.

Today it remains home to many gilded age mansions such as Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room, neoclassical estate, the Elkins Estate presently being restored as a hotel-spa, distillery and events center[4] and the Henry West Breyer Sr. House, the former residence of the ice cream magnate which now serves as the Cheltenham Township Municipal building.[5]

In 2018 New York Magazine described Elkins Park as "an old, elegant neighborhood of close-clustered homes".[6] It is notable for its varied architectural styles (among them: Modern, American colonial and Dutch colonial, Queen Anne, English Cottage and Tudor[7]) its wealth of homes designed by renowned 19th and 20th century architects such as Horace Trumbauer,[8] Louis Kahn[9] and Robert A.M. Stern[10] and its diversity of religious institutions. With six synagogues it also makes up the foundation of the "Old York Road Corridor" of the Philadelphia area Jewish community, supported by the approximately 25,000 Jews in the Cheltenham-Jenkintown-Abington region.[11] Seasonally Elkins Park hosts a variety of religious and cultural festivals such as the "Taste of Greece" food festival,[12] the Romanian food festival, the Serbian food festival, various Jewish festivals such as a multi-congregation Purim celebration, and arts festivals like "Arts in the Park".[13]

Though distinct communities, the neighborhoods of Melrose Park and historic La Mott, share a postal code with Elkins Park.

Points of interest[edit]

Lynnewood Hall, a 110-room, Gilded Age mansion


Elkins Park is split between Cheltenham and Abington Townships in the suburbs of Philadelphia. It is represented by Madeleine Dean in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district.


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




Public transportation[edit]

Elkins Park is served by SEPTA Regional Rail trains on the Glenside Line, 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.


Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

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".[28] 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.

Ann Patchett's 2019 novel The Dutch House is primarily set in Elkins Park.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Elkins Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "SEPTA | Regional Rail Schedules". septa.org. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Lasky, Julie (June 27, 2018). "$925,000 Homes in Maryland, California and Pennsylvania". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Elkins Estate set for major renovation". PBS39 WLVT. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "History - Cheltenham Township PA". cheltenhamtownship.org. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Brennan, William (February 21, 2018). "This Is the Worst Roommate Story You'll Ever Read". Intelligencer. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  7. ^ McQuate, Bridget. "Foursquare, Years to Go". Old House Journal Magazine. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trumbauer, Horace (1868 - 1938) -- Philadelphia Architects and Buildings". philadelphiabuildings.org. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Romero, Melissa (August 15, 2017). "9 homes Louis Kahn designed in and around Philly". Curbed Philly. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Romero, Melissa (September 28, 2016). "Elkins Park apartment designed by a young Robert A.M. Stern asks $399K". Curbed Philly. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Old York Road". Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Greek Food Fest". ANNUNCIATION / EVANGELISMOS. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Arts in the Park / Parktoberfest · Friends of High School Park". Friends of High School Park. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
  14. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  15. ^ Adelman, Jacob. "Buyer of Tyler art school campus in Elkins Park revealed as program under international evangelical group". Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  16. ^ Johnson,Correspondent, Liz. "Young Adult author to talk about latest trilogy at Newtown Bookshop". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  17. ^ Meerbott, Kelly (October 30, 2020). "E34: Using Our Collective Power for Good- Jenna Arnold on White Women Creating Change | Kelly Meerbott - Leadership & Team Development Coach". Kelly Meerbott. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  18. ^ Iovine, Julie V. (July 22, 1999). "AT HOME WITH: MELISSA BANK; So Familiar, So Private". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  19. ^ digital.jewishexponent.com http://digital.jewishexponent.com/issues/ACR-February-2019/files/pages/translate/2a.html. Retrieved August 26, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ Writers, By Michael D. Schaffer and Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff. "A bear-hug farewell to Jan Berenstain, cocreator of the Bear family". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "Ilene Chaiken is a breakout star of 2004". EW.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  22. ^ Daniel Arkin, "Judge confines Bill Cosby to his Pennsylvania home until he is sentenced", NBC News (April 27, 2018).
  23. ^ Steve Goldstein, Life in academia for a planner of Iraq war, Philadelphia Inqurier (January 29, 2007).
  24. ^ DiStefano, Joseph N. "Raymond G. Perelman, master investor and philanthropist, dies at 101". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  25. ^ correspondent, Michael Elkin. "Brad Raider of Elkins Park: A Hollywood insider who now helps the stars look inward". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  26. ^ dmichaels (February 26, 2014). "The Cheltenham Man Behind the Oscar-nominated 'American Hustle'". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  27. ^ Obituary at The Philadelphia Inquirer
  28. ^ "The Inheritance". Mad Men. Season 2. Episode 10. AMC.

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