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A History of Oxford Circle, PA

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The personal injury lawyers in Oxford Circle, PA, sponsor this article to present a detailed excerpt about the area.

Oxford Circle is a neighborhood in lower Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood does not have fixed borderlines but generally includes areas up to Roosevelt Boulevard and Oxford Avenue. Oxford Circle belongs to ZIP codes 19111, 19149, and area codes 215, 267, and 445.


Oxford Circle originally belonged to Oxford Township, which ceased to exist following the Act of Consolidation in 1854.

During the time, the area of Oxford Circle consisted of Tacony Creek and Wissinoming Creek. The town was largely used as farmland until developers bought the land before World War II.

The stunning trees and nearby waterways attracted developers who built up stone and brick rowhouses in the early 1940s and 1950s. One of the largest contributors to the residential development was the Hyman Korman Company.

The neighborhood continued to develop throughout the years, and in the 1960s and 1970s, Oxford Circle became a thriving white middle-class neighborhood.

During the time, a large population of Oxford Circle was first or second-generation Jews.

The area continued to develop but faced challenges in the late 1990s up until the early 2000s. As the population expanded, Oxford Circle experienced the negative impacts of white flight.

Oxford Circle remains a diverse neighborhood with a population including Jewish, Hispanic, Caucasian, Korean, West Indian, Asian, and African American racial and ethnic groups.

Historic Places

Oxford Circle is rich with culture and historic locations throughout the neighborhood. If you're looking to learn more about the history of the neighborhood, be sure to stop by some of Oxford Circle's historic locations including,

The Laura H. Carnell School

  • Built from 1930-1931 and named for educator Laura H. Carnell, the elementary school was designed by Irwin T. Catherine, the chief architect of Philadelphia public schools from 1920-1937, in the late Gothic Revival Style. The stunning school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Old Trinity Church

  • Also known as Trinity Church Oxford, the Episcopal church was founded in 1698, and the present building was erected in 1711 of red and black brick believed to be brought from England. The beautiful church known for its grand arches can be found on modern-day Oxford Street.

Bushrod Library

  • The library, originally founded by Dr. Bushrod Washington James, who left behind instructions for the opening, opened on October 25, 1950. The library is a neighborhood treasure and consists of two floors with reading rooms and a special room dedicated to Dr. Bushrod's children.

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 16, 2021
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