Girard Estate History

Girard EstateGirard’s country home was on a plot of  land he named Gentilhommiere in what was formerly called Passyunk Township of Philadelphia County. He was likely the richest man in the United States when he died in 1831, and he left most of his $6 million estate to the City of Philadelphia.

Girard’s will stated that the city must establish a school for poor orphaned white boys in his name, and that Gentilhommiere must not be sold. To meet the second stipulation, the Board of City Trusts, trustee of the Girard Estate, developed 481 rental homes which became the Girard Estate homes.

Most of the semi-detached homes were designed by architects John and James Windrim, and were built from 1906 to 1916. The architectural styles included Bungalow, Prairie, Mission, Jacobean Revival and Colonial Revival. They are a marked difference from the typical South Philly row homes.

In 1950, the city received permission to sell all 481 homes of Girard Estate to private owners. All the homes were sold within two years.

Girard EstateGirard Estate Boundaries

Girard Estate, also known as Girard Estates, is part of South Philadelphia. Its boundaries stretch from Mifflin Street on the north to the south side of Pollock Street on the south, and from the west side of Broad Street on the east to 22nd Street on the west. It is named after Stephen Girard whose South Philadelphia property was developed in the 1920s by the City of Philadelphia.

City Council District: 2nd, Council President Anna Verna (D)

Ward: 26th

Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione; Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson

Civic Groups: Broad Street West Civic Association; Girard Estate Area Residents; Girard Estate Neighbors’ Association

Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St.

Schools: St. Monica Junior School, 17th and Ritner streets, and Senior School, 16th and Porter streets; Girard Academic Music Program (once Edgar Allen Poe School), 22nd and Ritner streets; Philadelphia Job Corps, 2810 S. 20th St., Building 12

 


Property Listings in Girard Estate

  1. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 3,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Century 21 Advantage Gold-South Philadelphia
  2. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,752 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Listing with: JG Real Estate, LLC
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,360 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: SRS Real Estate
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,244 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Summit Real Estate
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,068 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Weichert Realtors
  6. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,020 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: Mercury Real Estate Group
  7. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,036 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: Alpha Realty Group
  8. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: Alpha Realty Group
  9. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,064 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Listing with: EveryHome Realtors
  10. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Center City
  11. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,036 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Listing with: Century 21 Target Realty

See all Real estate in the Girard Estate Area tract.
(all data current as of 11/24/2017)

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