Watson Comly School

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Watson Comly School
Watson Comly 1892.JPG
Watson Comly School, October 2010
Watson Comly School is located in Philadelphia
Watson Comly School
Watson Comly School is located in Pennsylvania
Watson Comly School
Watson Comly School is located in the US
Watson Comly School
Location 13250 Trevose Rd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°07′36″N 75°00′46″W / 40.1266°N 75.0128°W / 40.1266; -75.0128Coordinates: 40°07′36″N 75°00′46″W / 40.1266°N 75.0128°W / 40.1266; -75.0128
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built 1892–1893
Built by L. Dieterich
Architect Joseph Anschutz
Architectural style Colonial Revival
MPS Philadelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 88002324[1]
Added to NRHP November 18, 1988

Watson Comly School, also known as Somerton Masonic Hall, is a historic school building located in the Somerton neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Built in 1892–1893, it is a two-story, four-bay, brownstone building in the Colonial Revival style. It features a one-story stone entrance pavilion and large hipped roof with stone chimney.[2] The school was named for Watson Comly, a local resident who held many public offices, including serving several terms as a representative in the state legislature.

The building served as a school from its completion until 1928, when it was replaced by a larger building on Byberry Road. The same year, the site was acquired by the Masons, in exchange for the land on which the new school was built. The Masons used it for many years from 1930 as a lodge hall.

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]

References[edit]

  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 Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Watson Comly School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.