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Cobbs Creek, Philadelphia

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Cobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District
Cobbs Creek Auto burb.JPG
LocationRoughly bounded by Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce St., 62nd St., and Angora St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′1″N 75°14′50″W / 39.95028°N 75.24722°W / 39.95028; -75.24722
Area100 acres (40 ha)
ArchitectE.A. Wilson; et al.
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Bungalow/craftsman
NRHP reference No.98001366[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1998

Cobbs Creek is a neighborhood located in the West Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, named for the creek which forms part of Philadelphia's western border. Cobbs Creek is generally bounded by Market Street to the north, Baltimore Avenue to the south, 52nd Street to the east, and the border of Upper Darby along Cobbs Creek to the West.

In 1998, the Cobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District was created, with Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce Street, 62nd Street, and Angora Street its boundaries. The District protects 1049 buildings, with Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, and Bungalow/Craftsman architectural styles contained within the district.

The Walnut Park Plaza is located in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood.
The Walnut Park Plaza is located in the Cobbs Creek neighborhood.

Philadelphia architect William Alesker, who was involved in the plans for a Trump Tower in Center City, and Evangelical minister Tony Campolo, one of Bill Clinton's spiritual advisers, lived, respectively, in the 6200 blocks of Pine and Delancey Streets back in the 1940s and 1950s.

Fires from the 1985 bombing of the MOVE headquarters at 6221 Osage Avenue spread to 64 other buildings in the neighborhood.[2] The destroyed homes were hastily rebuilt by the city, but were later condemned after years of attempted repairs to the shoddy construction.[3]

Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places are the Holmes Junior High School and Walnut Park Plaza Hotel.[1]


Primary and secondary schools

The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools. Andrew Hamilton Elementary School located at S.56th St. & Spruce St., Sayre High School (formerly a middle school) is located at S.58th St & Walnut St. and West Philadelphia High School.

In 2011 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closures of St. Cyprian Catholic School, as its student numbers had declined.[4]

Public libraries

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch

Free Library of Philadelphia operates the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch at 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway at the intersection of 59th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The branch opened in 1925 and was renamed in 1990 after an area activist.[5]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Philadelphia MOVE Bombing Still Haunts Survivors". NPR. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  3. ^ Moore, Martha (2005-05-11). "1985 bombing in Philadelphia still unsettled". USA Today. PHILADELPHIA. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  4. ^ "Three Catholic schools closing in Bucks County". Bucks County Courier Times. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  5. ^ "Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on November 7, 2008.

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