Thomas Buchanan Read School

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Thomas Buchanan Read School
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Thomas Buchanan Read School, June 2010
Thomas Buchanan Read School is located in Philadelphia
Thomas Buchanan Read School
Thomas Buchanan Read School is located in Pennsylvania
Thomas Buchanan Read School
Thomas Buchanan Read School is located in the United States
Thomas Buchanan Read School
Location78th St. and Buist Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°54′24″N 75°14′52″W / 39.9066°N 75.2478°W / 39.9066; -75.2478Coordinates: 39°54′24″N 75°14′52″W / 39.9066°N 75.2478°W / 39.9066; -75.2478
Arealess than one acre
Built byStewart Construction Co.
ArchitectHenry deCoursey Richards
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Georgian Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference #86003325[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1986

Thomas Buchanan Read School is a historic school building located in the Elmwood Park neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Henry deCoursey Richards and built in 1906-1908. It is a two-story, 20 bay, red brick building with limestone trim in the Georgian Revival-style. It features a large projecting section, recessed entrance bays, brick piers with stone capitals, and a hipped roof with copper cupola.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1] It was home to the Motivation High School before it moved to its current location on Baltimore Avenue in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes B. Mintz (July 1986). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Thomas Buchanan Read School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ Matheson, Kathy (March 7, 2013). "4 Philadelphia schools saved, 23 closing after SRC vote". WPVI-TV. Retrieved March 21, 2017.