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Spruce Hill, Philadelphia


Spruce Hill, Philadelphia

Spruce Hill
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
Dickens Statue in Clark Park in Spruce Hill
Dickens Statue in Clark Park in Spruce Hill
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215
Chestnut Street Baptist Church and Ternacle Baptist Church. (4017 Chestnut Street) Recently purchased by West Park Church of Deliverance.

Spruce Hill is a neighborhood in the University City section of West Philadelphia. It is between 40th and 46th streets, and it stretches from Market Street south to Woodland Avenue. It has a population of over 16,000. It was built as a streetcar suburb[1] for Center City between 1850 and 1910. It is a racially and ethnically diverse part of the city, where much historic architecture is preserved.

A statue of Charles Dickens, cast in 1890 by Francis Edwin Elwell, stands in the neighborhood's Clark Park; it is one of just two known statues of the author.[2]


  • Education 1
    • Public libraries 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The School District of Philadelphia operates Penn Alexander School and the Paul Robeson High School for Human Services. The Spruce Hill Christian elementary and middle school is located on Baltimore Avenue. The University of Pennsylvania campus extends into Spruce Hill and the University of the Sciences campus is also in the neighborhood.

Public libraries

Walnut Street West Branch

The Free Library of Philadelphia Walnut Street West Branch serves Spruce Hill.[3]

See also


  1. ^ West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Historic District, UCHS
  2. ^ Malkin, Bonnie (14 March 2011). "Rare Charles Dickens statue restored to Sydney park after 40 years missing". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Walnut Street West Branch." Free Library of Philadelphia. Retrieved on October 19, 2012.

External links

  • Spruce Hill Historic District
  • Spruce Hill Community Association
  • West Philadelphia Data and Information Resources - University of Pennsylvania

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