40th and Pine Streets, Philadelphia
John P. Levy House -
David Porter Leas Mansion
The property in question, 400 S. 40th Street, is in two National
Register Districts, adjacent to a third, and a stone's throw from
the Woodland Cemetery, a National Register Landmark. In 1973 it
was added to Philadelphia's Historic Register, joining the
previously certified neighboring properties on the 4000 block of
Pine Street. (map)
| House still
quite recognizeable in spite of 1960s addition.
Look over the top of the 1960s addition.
|Stair tower was the
most visually unfortunate addition (1975).
However, all of the walls of the house itself survive intact.
Take a look around the back of the tower
|Neighboring houses on
Pine Street are also on both Philadelphia and National
Historic Registers. At the far left is the corner of
40th and Pine. Explore more of the neighborhood
The Case against Hardship Demolition
Chronology of 400 S. 40th Street Before and After Penn's ownership
40th & Pine: History, Historic Designation & Zoning
Contact the 40th & Pine Neighbors for information or to make donations
Links to other websites:
Why the John P. Levy's House is Important Hidden City
From Hamiltonville to Samuel Sloan and the Emerging Suburb
Plan for West Philadelphia, 1995
"University City's neighborhoods will continue to attract professional families, and the character and integrity of those neighborhoods will not be threatened by expansion of the universities." p. 16
Penn's pledge of Responsible Urban Development Jim Saska, Daily Pennsylvanian (2008)
Properties In Danger of Demolition:
|In the News:
Tie Decision in the First Appeal
PlanPhilly.com (Feb 22, 2013)
If These Walls Could Talk: Deconstructing History
34th Street Magazine (Sept 20, 2012)
Penn's lawyers attempt to deny community's right to appeal. Planphilly
Philadelphia Historical Commission Lacks Spine?
Philadelphia Daily News/ Philly.com (July 3, 2012)
Community Reaction to 'Azalea Gardens'
UC Review, October 19, 2011