Washington Avenue Historic District (Philadelphia)

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Washington Avenue Historic District
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1135 and 1201 Washington
Washington Avenue Historic District (Philadelphia) is located in Pennsylvania
Washington Avenue Historic District (Philadelphia)
Location Roughly bounded by Carpenter, Washington, 10th, and Broad Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°56′17″N 75°9′44″W / 39.93806°N 75.16222°W / 39.93806; -75.16222Coordinates: 39°56′17″N 75°9′44″W / 39.93806°N 75.16222°W / 39.93806; -75.16222
Area 16 acres (6.5 ha)
Built 1889
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84003561[1]
Added to NRHP September 7, 1984
Washington Avenue
Location Philadelphia
West end Grays Ferry Avenue in South Philadelphia
PA 611 (Broad Street) in South Philadelphia
Front Street in South Philadelphia
East end Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia

Washington Avenue Historic District is a national historic district located in the Hawthorne neighborhood of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It encompasses eight contributing buildings built between 1889 and 1927. They are large industrial buildings that were occupied by the Main Belting Company, John Williams Company and C. J. Milne textile manufacturers, John Wanamaker clothing factory, Curtis Publishing, American Cigar Company, John Wyeth Laboratories, and National Licorice.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]


Washington Avenue was a district of manufacturing plants and factories that was also known as the "workshop of the world" up until mid 20th century (1950s). The avenue was home to the Curtis Publishing Company printing press, "... which printed Ladies Home Journal and Saturday Evening Post, and the locally renowned merchant John Wanamaker’s."


  1. ^ a b Staff (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 George E. Thomas (March 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Washington Avenue Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.