Pennsylvania’s communities are filled with special and meaningful historic places and spaces that add value to our lives and offer comfort and stability during these challenging times. Now more than ever, it is important to stay connected to our communities.

Today’s Spotlight: Paul Steinke

The next entry in PA SHPO’s #FavoritePAPlaces campaign is Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, talking about why the 200 block of St. Mark’s Square with its iconic Philadelphia row houses is one of his favorite Pennsylvania places.

St. Mark’s Square and Philadelphia Row Houses

The 200 block of St. Mark’s Square is located in the West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Historic District (Key #096254), which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The groups of thirteen three-story, two-bay Queen Anne row houses that line Locust Street contribute to the historic district. The neighborhood was also added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in November 1970.

Henry C. Gibson was developing property in this area of the city in the 1870s. The architectural firm G.W. and W.D. Hewitt designed the blocks, which were constructed by builder William S. Kimball circa 1879.

Interested in learning more about Philadelphia’s row houses? Check out these two articles:

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