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A Brief History of Chestnut Hill, PA

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The car accident lawyers in Chestnut Hill, PA, present this article to share some detailed information about the area.

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood is known for its rich history and wealthy residents. Chestnut Hill belongs to zip code 19118 and area codes 215, 267, and 445.


Chestnut Hill originally belonged to the German Township founded by Francis Daniel Pastorius. During the American Revolutionary War, Chestnut Hills retained its reputation as an affluent neighborhood and was a known vacation destination. Vacationers were drawn to the area for its cool temperatures.

In 1854, Chestnut Hill was affected by the Act of Consolidation and was incorporated into Philadelphia. Following the Act of Consolidation, Chestnut Hill's railroad opened to the public and functioned as a commuter rail for workers in the city.

Throughout the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries, Chestnut Hill functioned as a streetcar suburb and became a desirable place to live.

Much of the architecture remaining in the town is reflective of the 19th and 20th centuries and today is known as the site of the Chestnut Hill Historic District.

Historic Landmarks

Chestnut Hill is a longstanding community representative of Philadelphia wealth. The neighborhood also consists of several historical landmarks that maintain the neighborhood's classic charm.

Some of the most notable landmarks in Chestnut Hill include,

Chestnut Hill Historic District

  • The district spans across the entirety of Chestnut Hills and consists of 1,987 contributing properties. The district comprises structures designed in the Mid 19th Century Revival, Late Victorian, and Early Republic architectural style. Some notable contributing structures include the Inglewood Cottage, Esherick House, and Graver's Lane Station. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1985.


  • Also referred to as the Potter Residence, the building built in 1883 spans 1 acre. The building was designed by Wilson Eyre and functioned as a sanatorium in the 1970s. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1982.

Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences

  • The public elementary and middle school (grades K-8) hosts an approximate student population of 600. The school building was built in 1922 and designed by Irwin T. Catherine in the Late Gothic and Tudor Revival styles. The school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.


Chestnut Hill is home to approximately 12,304 residents, with a slight majority of female residents (55%) and a minority of males residents (45%).

The racial demographic of Chestnut Hill is as follows:

  • 69% White
  • 17% African American
  • 5% Asian
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 3% Two or More Races

Residents of Chestnut Hill live a comfortable lifestyle with a median household income well above the national average ($62,843) at $103,948.

The slight majority of Chestnut Hills residents rent their homes (53%) at a median rent of $1,541. The minority of residents (47%) own their homes at a median home value significantly above the national average ($217,500) at $540,749.

Chestnut Hills is considered a family-friendly area, with 25% of households consisting of families with children. According to Nich Survey Polling, 100% of residents say there is a good sense of community in Chestnut Hills, and 100% say LGBTQ+ residents are very accepted.

If you're looking for a neighborhood with rich history, several landmarks, and wealthy demographics, then consider Chestnut Hill, PA.

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David Petrone
Date Published: July 19, 2021
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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