Reynolds-Morris House

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Reynolds-Morris House
Reynolds-Morris House, 225 South Eighth Street, Philadelphia (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania).jpg
Reynolds-Morris House in 1972
Reynolds-Morris House is located in Philadelphia
Reynolds-Morris House
Reynolds-Morris House is located in Pennsylvania
Reynolds-Morris House
Reynolds-Morris House is located in the United States
Reynolds-Morris House
Location225 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′49″N 75°9′18″W / 39.94694°N 75.15500°W / 39.94694; -75.15500Coordinates: 39°56′49″N 75°9′18″W / 39.94694°N 75.15500°W / 39.94694; -75.15500
Area< 1-acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectJohn & William Reynolds
Architectural styleGeorgian
NRHP reference #67000020
Significant dates
Added to NRHPDecember 24, 1967[1]
Designated NHLDecember 24, 1967[2]

The Reynolds-Morris House is a historic house at 225 South 8th Street in the Washington Square West neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in 1786–87 by John and William Reynolds, it is a well-preserved example of a Philadelphia Georgian townhouse. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967,[2][3] and is currently operated as a hotel.

Description and history[edit]

The Reynolds-Morris House stands one block west of Washington Square in Philadelphia's Center City, on the east side of South 8th Street between St. James and Locust Streets. It is a 3-1/2 story brick building, with a gabled roof pierced by pedimented gable dormers. It is five bays wide, with the main entrance at the center, framed by pilasters and a half-round transom topped by a gable. The walls are laid in Flemish bond, with projecting stringcourses between the floors. Sash windows are set under heavy splayed stone lintels with scoring that is intended to resemble keystoning. The interior spaces are adorned with high quality Federal period woodwork.[3]

The Reynolds-Morris House in 2012

The house is a rare example of a double rowhouse, built on two lots in 1786–87 by John and William Reynods. It was sold in 1817 to Luke Wistar Morris, the son of captain Samuel Morris of the First City Troop, of the prominent Morris family, who occupied the house for 120 years. Although it was built as a rowhouse, the neighboring houses were bought and torn down by the Morrises in the early 20th century.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Reynolds-Morris House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  3. ^ a b c Patricia Heintzelman (August 30, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Baldwin-Reynolds House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior, from 1907 and 1974 (32 KB)

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