Thomas Durham School

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Thomas Durham School
Durham School in Philly.JPG
Thomas Durham School is located in Pennsylvania
Thomas Durham School
Location 1600 Lombard Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′41″N 75°10′10″W / 39.94472°N 75.16944°W / 39.94472; -75.16944Coordinates: 39°56′41″N 75°10′10″W / 39.94472°N 75.16944°W / 39.94472; -75.16944
Built 1909
Architect Henry deCourcy Richards,
Cramp & Co.
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 88002265[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

The Thomas Durham School is a historic school building in Philadelphia which was built in 1909. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

The building was built as part of a major construction program after the School District of Philadelphia was reorganized and consolidated in 1905. Between 1906 and World War I, the district built 44 elementary schools, one junior high school, and five senior high schools. The architect of this program, Henry deCourcy Richards, used a number of plans in different architectural styles, such as Regency architecture, Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, Classical Revival, Jacobethan, Mediterranean Revival, and Academic Gothic. In some cases, he built multiple schools from each pattern, but varying the ornamentation between individual buildings.[2]

The Thomas Durham School is one of his Regency designs. It was one of his plainest designs for the district, and also one of the cheapest to build. This may have resulted from its location in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.[2]

The Thomas Durham School building is now occupied by Independence Charter School.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Moak, J. M. (April 27, 1987). "Thomas Durham School" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 

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