University City Historical Society

Garden Court Historic District

Inventory of buildings

Note: Descriptions here are based on a survey done in 1984.



4600 block Pine Street

4601–11: Side of 330 S. 46th Street. —Out of District

4613–43: Monumental block long six-story multi-winged brick, cast stone trimmed Gothic Revival apartment house, John T. Coneys, architect, 1922; 9/9 sash in clusters of three lights, marking major rooms; "Garden Court" framed by salient wings and accented by towered bays flanking Gothic entrances; handsome plantings in each garden court; excellent condition. —Significant

4610: Red brick, stucco, half-timber medievalizing single family residence; first floor of brick with sun room toward Pine Street; main entrance accessible from side of site-, upper levels stucco with half-timber detail, slate roof (since replaced), rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922; excellent condition. —Significant

4614: Grey brick center hall single house with sun room toward street end and side entrance to center hall; handsomely styled French Renaissance roof, hooded door entrance bays-and other trim showing stylization toward Art Deco; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

4618: Stone based, stucco, medievalizing house in style of Lutyens with original slate roof and massive brick chimney as dominant element of facade, Mercer tile set into stucco above side entrance; glazed end sunroom projecting toward street; gabled slate roof; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

4622: Stucco and brick Arts and Crafts house with Mercer tile set into end wall and panels above windows; brick detail from William Price's Rose Valley cottages; side entrance and front sun porch; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

4628: Stone and half-timber variant on theme of side center entrance, slate gable roofed house; coursed stone walls to first floor; stucco above with half-timber panels; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

4700 block Pine Street

4701–15: Garden Court Plaza, 13-story brick and limestone trimmed twin Art Deco apartment towers, Ralph B. Bencker, architect, 1926–1930; vertical window strips framed by limestone panels rise to top story which carries large scale motif of vertical strips on eastern tower and round arched window on west. —Significant

4717–23: Limestone four bay entrance to monumental garage with roof garden; shop fronts flank double garage entrance; carved Gothic ornament in centers-of each bay; facade subdivided by projecting Art Deco piers. —Significant

4721: Vacant.

4700: Three-story gambrel roofed red brick center hall Colonial Revival house; bays flank central door under pent eave- small entrance portico carried by Tuscan columns; rear parking. —Significant

4720–40: Four-story Federal Revival multi-winged tan brick and cast stone trimmed apartment house; keys in jack arches over 6/1 windows; cast stone belt course at third floor below cast stone cornice and parapet; E.A. Wilson, architect, 1927. —Contributing

4744: Vacant —site of demolished half of 4748 Pine Street.

4748: Wing of brick and cast stone trimmed four-story Medieval Revival apartment house; bays rise from ground to third story on front and 48th Street side; cast stone mullions, belt courses and coping across roof; sash replaced with some through window heaters; in good condition despite alterations and loss of mirror half in fire; Stetler & Deysher, architects, 1926. —Contributing

4800 block Pine Street

4801–47: Eight 4-story apartment houses fronting north side of Pine Street; recessed central block framed by salient side wings; projecting central fanlighted entrance framed by quoins and capped by tall cast stone urn; 6/6 sash organized as triplets on each side; plain metal cornice below parapet; Grant Simon, architect, 1922. —Significant

4800–40: Handsome symmetrical apartment house block: 4800 —Pine Vista, 4820 —Pine Lodge, 4840 —Pine Manor; all same development; five-story U-shaped buildings at each end of the block flanking central rectangular building; major entrances in court of end buildings and in center of central block; terra cotta trim, belt course at base and top story, parapet around upper levels; 6/1 sash; Clarence Wunder, 1922 —Significant

4900 block Pine Street

4901–27: Two-story, brick base, screen porch front rowhouses; alternate gable front and turned gable roofs in pairs; stucco above brick base; rear parking; E. A. Wilson, architect, 1921. —Contributing

4931–57: 2 ½-story stone Colonial Revival row c.1925; sun porch fronts; broad segmental arched windows below central stone gables with modillioned cornice; rear parking. —Contributing

4900–08: Three-story dark red brick, cast stone trimmed Regency Revival apartment house' central Ionic portico below round-headed window in salient central block; recessed side wings with quoins at each change of plane; deep cast stone cornice below shallow parapet; deep side recesses create light court; Israel Demchick, architect, 1922. —Significant

4910–48: Twenty porch fronted, two-story Medieval Revival rowhouses; brick sun porches with angled spur buttresses; gables alternate between jerkinhead and plain, creating rhythm down block-, stucco upper walls above brick bases; 6/6 sash; imitation composite slate roofs; rear parking; all in good condition-,, 4910 has altered gable surface from stucco to asbestos shingle; 4932, 4938t 4940 have aluminum siding in gable; Israel Demchick, architect, 1922. —Contributing

4850: Three-story dark red brick, cast stone trimmed Regency Revival apartment house; central Ionic portico below round-headed window in salient central block; recessed side wings with quoins at each change of plane; deep cast stone cornice below shallow parapet; deep side recesses create light court; Israel Demchick, architect, 1922. —Significant

4600 block Osage Avenue

4607–29: Entire block made up of alternating double houses of two types; brick bases with projecting sun rooms; entrance through sun rooms; stucco above with half-timber on brick ornament; rear parking; each half shows difference from its twin to emphasize individuality; all intact; John T. Coneys, architect for Clarence Siegel, 1921. —Significant

4604–30: Entire block made up of alternating double houses of two types; brick bases with projecting sun rooms; entrance through sun rooms; stucco above with half-timber on brick ornament; rear parking; each half shows difference from its twin to emphasize individuality; all intact except 4614, where second floor gable window has been recessed to create second floor porch; John T. Coneys, architect for Clarence Siegel, 1921. —Significant

4700 block Osage Avenue

4715–37: Symmetrical two-story tan brick, sun porch fronted row, 1927; paired houses marked by different shared gables, alternating gambrel roof and gabled fronts; rear parking. —Contributing.

4714–44: Symmetrical two-story tan brick, sun porch fronted row c.1925; paired houses marked by different shared gables, half-timber at each end; gambrel roofs and Spanish tile roofs alternate down block; rear parking; all in excellent condition; 4714 has altered gable trim. —Contributing

4800 block Osage Avenue

4815–45: Red brick row, c.1925; sun porches at front; alternating half-timber and stucco gables; rear parking. —Contributing

4816–44: Symmetrical two-story tan brick, sun porch fronted row c.1925; paired houses marked by different shared gables, half-timber at each end; gambrel roofs and Spanish tile roofs alternate down block; rear parking;' all in excellent condition; 4818, 4820, 4830, 4834, 4836 and 4840 have alterations to second floor bays. —Contributing

4600 block Larchwood Avenue

4605–31: Brick and stucco-sun porch fronted double houses in English cottage style; centered massive chimnies; slate roofs; tile and brick decorative panels; symmetrical composition; I. Levin, architect for Clarence Siegel 1920. —Contributing

4605–07: brick

4609: badly restuccoed with unhistorical troweled surface

4611: stucco

4613–15: brick

4617–19: brick

4621–27: stucco

4629–31: brick

4616–50: Half-timbered Spanish Colonial and California styled doubles, alternately tan and red brick porch fronted houses; symmetrical block/half-timber at each end, Dutch Colonial next toward center, etc; rear parking; all in excellent condition; John T. Coneys, architect for Clarence Siegel, 1921 —Contributing

4700 block Larchwood Avenue

4715–45: Tan brick row, alternate pairs of half-timbered dormer or Spanish tile bay roofs on sun porch fronted row; short front lawns; rear parking areas; 4733, 4735 and 4743 resurfaced with half-timber gables. —Contributing

4716–46: Tan brick row, alternate pairs of half-timbered dormer or Spanish tile bay roofs on sun porch fronted row; short front lawns; rear parking areas; half-timber in gable removed in 4718. —Contributing

4800 block Larchwood Avenue

4815–45: Tan brick row, alternate pairs of half-timbered dormer or Spanish tile bay roofs on sun porch fronted row; short front lawns; rear parking areas; gables altered on 4817–25, 4831–37; some bays resheathed. —Contributing.

4812–42: Tan brick row, alternate pairs of half-timbered dormer or Spanish tile bay roofs on sun porch fronted row; short front lawns; rear parking areas; half-timber gables altered on 4820–22. —Contributing.

South 46th Street

401–19: Immense c.1921 three-story doubles arranged in symmetrical group; Spanish tile and stucco houses at each end, flanked toward center by half-timber doubles; center house stucco, Arts and Crafts, with Mercer tile decorative patterns; all have sun porches at first floor set in volume of house; two-story bay above, given the stylish motif; rear parking; all in excellent condition. —Significant

425–39: Imposing rough cast stucco doubles joined at rear corners to create a continuous row; front sun porches incorporated into volume of house; triangular side elevation with massive projecting dormers at front; brick window outlines; slate roofs; derived from Rose Valley houses by Price and McLanahan in Arts and Crafts style; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, for Clarence Siegel, 1921. —Significant

400: 2 ½-story red brick center hall Regency Revival house fronting on 46th Street; center Tuscan portico flanked by side-lit small paned windows; sun porches at each end of building; large pedimented dormers in slate roof; rear parking; front gate fence and brick posts; John T. Coneys, 1921. —Significant

414: 2 ½-story brick and stucco center hall Colonial Revival (similar to 4700 Pine) with bays flanking door and linked by pent eave; second floor stuccoed with brick lintels left exposed above windows; sun porch at south end and open porch on north create symmetrical appearance; rear parking. —Significant

430: Highly original 2 ½-story brick center hall Regency Art Deco residence with limestone trim, suggesting influence of John Soane; interesting asymmetrical composition of oversized door frame with massive key and voussoirs flanked by projecting stone balcony; off stair landing; leaded glass in parlor, sun porch on south end; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect for Clarence Siegel, 1922. —Significant

South 47th Street

401: 2 ½-story brick center Hall Colonial house, c.1920; slate pent eave across front with canopied head over door; 6/6 sash; brick jack arches over window; gabled dormers on slate roof; front sun porches at north end; rear parking. —Contributing

415: 2 ½-story brick and stucco Gothic house; leaded glass windows in front bays; wood entrance porch; side sun porch; rear parking; makes transition from stucco and brick Gothic houses of Osage to the brick Colonials of 47th Street; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

421: Highly original tan brick eclectic house, similar asymmetrical composition to 4616 Pine; porticoed door with Mercer tile in lunette; flanking round-headed stair window (without balcony); bay at side to mark dining room; front sun porch; dentilled cornice, slate mansard with segmental dormers in Francois ler style; rear parking; excellent condition; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. —Significant

433: 2 ½-story red brick center hall Colonial Revival house; small paned colonial sash; southern sun porch; rear parking; John T. Coneys, architect, 1922. -—Contributing

404: Half-timber, stucco and brick Medieval Revival single residence; brick base, projecting sun porch; half-timbered balcony; massive center brick chimney; porch entrance; rear parking; good condition; John T. Coneys, architect, for Clarence Siegel, 1922. —Contributing

408: Brick trimmed stucco Arts and Crafts house; sun porch at front; side bays in projecting pavillion; slate roof; segmental double width dormer; rear parking; good condition; John T. Coneys, architect, for Clarence Siegel, 1922. —Contributing

414: 2k-story brick Colonial Revival; front sun porch undergoing repair; three register front; paired segmental headed dormer in roof; main focus toward street (south) with large centered doorway; rear parking. —Contributing

418–32: Stucco, porch fronted double houses in Arts and Crafts cottage style; front brick or stucco sun porches; massive central chimney flanked by alternating gabled and jerkinheaded dormers; rear parking; all in excellent condition. —Contributing

500: The Larchmont, Stitler and Deysher, architects, 1924; three-story tan brick, cast stone trimmed Regency Revival apartment house; flattened central frontispiece; wrought iron balcony above; round-headed windows on either side of door on first floor; shallow cast stone cornice below parapet; excellent condition. —Contributing

South 48th Street

419–29: Lou-El Apartments (formerly Osage: renamed for owner Louis Elgart); four-story brick Regency Revival U-shaped apartment house, J. Fuller, architect, 1927; alternate window types: first floor square-headed, second floor "Gothic" tracery in round-head to imitate piano nobile, square-headed in third and fourth floors below pressed metal cornice. —Contributing

431–55: Two-story brick row, front sun porches with Spanish tile roofs; rear second story bay with tile roofs (alternately red and green in pairs)- tile set into brick piers below brackets of roof for Arts and Crafts touch; houses divided into groups of seven (431–43) and six (445–55); 437, 439, 441, 445, 447, 449 have new aluminum siding over porch cornice; all in excellent condition; rear parking. —Contributing

414–24: Sylvania Gardens Apartments, four-story brick Regency Revival U-shaped apartment house, Stetler & Deysher, architects, 1926; central court in fashion of Garden Court; alternate window types on elevations: first floor square-headed, second story roundheaded with faux light (as if piano nobile), square-headed with panels on third floor; raised parapet at roof; good condition. —Contributing

432–56: Two-story brick row, front sun porches with Spanish tile roofs; rear second story bay with tile roofs (alternately red and green in pairs); tile set into brick piers below brackets of roof for Arts and Crafts touch; houses divided into groups of seven (432–44) and six (446–56); 444 and 456 have new aluminum siding over porch cornice; all in excellent condition; rear parking. —Contributing

South 49th Street

413–49: Stone and stucco row block-front sun porches with slate roofs; above, wall gables, alternately pairs of triangular or jerkinheaded, all with half-timber overlay and small triangular gable over door; all developed with saliant front block attached to continuous "row" wall behind sun porch; rear parking; all good condition; 443 has altered gable trim. —Contributing

414–50: Stone and stucco row block; front sun porches with slate roofs; above, wall gables, alternately pairs of triangular or jerkinheaded, all with half-timber overlay and small triangular gable over door; all developed with saliant front block attached to continuous "row" wall behind sun porch; rear parking; all good condition; 414, 432 and 438 have altered gable trim. —Contributing

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