The Doors of Ethan Allen School - Philadelphia, PA
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N 40° 01.786 W 075° 03.732
18T E 494692 N 4431062
Quick Description: This building wins the award for best entranceway of a school in Philadelphia. There are two entrances in the front, each with extensive frieze-relief art in an art deco style.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 7:44:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM91Y6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:

According to the National Register of Historic Places, this building has an architectural style of Art Deco. The Allen School is probably one of the most beautiful of Philadelphia school with two breath taking entrances.

From across the street, the school is identical to our other schools built in the same era. Upon closer inspection, the absolute beauty of this structure can be discerned; its architecture is the reason why it was added to the NRHP. When you walk up to it the Art Deco hits you right away. There is spectacular relief work above the left and right entrances. There is extensive frieze work also above the entrances as well as high up top, along the entire front. There is all kinds of colorful patterns and designs on the outer facade as well. There is a cornerstone on the lower right hand side of the school with a 1929 date written in a weird kind of Gothic script.

The school is located in the Northeast section of Philly, close to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge surrounded by row homes and an old Catholic Church. The structure has always served educational purposes being a school for 81 consecutive years.

I have used the right entrance as the location for the posted coordinates.

Type of material of the door: Wood

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On private property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": Free but in a restricted area

Style: Modern

Address or physical location:
6329 Battersby Street Philadelphia, PA 19149-3199 (215) 537-2530

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