Ogontz, Philadelphia

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Ogontz
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Suffolk Manor Apartments in Ogontz, September 2010
Suffolk Manor Apartments in Ogontz, September 2010
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

Ogontz/Belfield is a neighborhood in Upper Northern Philadelphia that is located adjacent to West Oak Lane, East Germantown, Logan, and Fern Rock, Philadelphia.

History[edit]

According to Philadelphia Department of Records, Belfield is located in the "vicinity of Chelten and Olney Avenues, Wister Street and Ogontz Avenue. Named for the Belfield Mansion". Ogontz is "from Ogontz Avenue to Broad Street above Olney Avenue". Ogontz gets its name from Ogontz Avenue, a thoroughfare which runs diagonally through the uniform grid of streets in the city. Many of the commercial and residential properties on Ogontz Ave. began to decline in the early 1970s, but revitalization efforts have largely restored it to being an important destination for the surrounding community. Ogontz Avenue joins Pennsylvania Route 309 (old US 309), a limited access expressway, after it crosses into the suburbs.

The Ogontz theatre, built in 1926- 1927, was located at 6033 Ogontz Avenue; it was closed in 1988 then was torn down. [1]

The Central High School, Special Troops Armory, and Suffolk Manor Apartments are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Boundaries[edit]

•Bounded by Broad Street (beyond lay Fern Rock, Philadelphia)

•Bounded by Olney Avenue (beyond lay Logan, Philadelphia)

•Bounded by Stenton Avenue (beyond lay West Oak Lane, Philadelphia)

•Bounded by Wister Street (beyond lay East Germantown, Philadelphia)

Education[edit]

[Central High School, Philadelphia], La Salle University, Widener Memorial School, and Philadelphia School for Girls are located just south of the two neighborhoods, Ogontz and Belfield.

Imhotep Charter High School and Joseph Pennell Elementary are located in the Belfield neighborhood. Ogontz Academy and Prince Hall Elementary are located in the Ogontz neighborhood.

Public libraries[edit]

Free Library of Philadelphia operates the David Cohen Ogontz Branch at 6017 Ogontz Avenue at Church Lane.[3]

Recreation[edit]

Belfield Recreation Center, Belfield Park, and Kemble Park are located in the neighborhood.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[1]." Ogontz theater at [2]'. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "David Cohen Ogontz Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°03′27″N 75°08′48″W / 40.057446°N 75.146656°W / 40.057446; -75.146656