Suburban Development of Lansdowne at the Turn of the Century

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The Suburban Development of Lansdowne at the Turn of the Century

presented by Kate Clifford

Lansdowne Borough is an early commuter suburb that developed in the late 19th- early 20th Centuries as a result of the railroad’s expansion through the area. Several subdivisions, including two National Register districts and one of the earliest themed neighborhoods, were developed in this time period. The borough retains an amazing number of historic buildings- over 1800 are identified in the Historic Resource Survey for a borough of only 1.2 square miles, most of them in historic districts. This talk will feature four of the early subdivisions and the changes the central business district has undergone as a result of the residential development in the borough.

Kate Clifford is a resident of Lansdowne Borough, a member of the Lansdowne Historic & Architectural Review Board and a senior planner for Delaware County. She is a volunteer tour guide with the Preservation Alliance and has developed neighborhood walking tours of Upper Darby and Haverford Townships. She loves to promote Delaware County history and showcase its significance in the region.

$15 | General Admission

$10 | Alliance Member 

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