A Brief History of Mayfair, Pennsylvania

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The abuse attorneys of Mayfair bring you the following article on Mayfair. We hope you learn something new about the history of the neighborhood and its many amenities.

Short History of Mayfair

Mayfair is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of Philadelphia. It is bordered by Pennypack Park to the north, Holmesburg to the east, Tacony and Wissinoming to the south and east, and Oxford Circle and Rhawnhurst to the west. The area consisted of farmland and was home to The Edwin Forrest Home for Children and The Oxford and Lower Dublin Poo House before it was developed in the 1920s.

Established in 1929, Mayfair is a community that provides a fresher and more spacious living experience in an urban environment. It wasn't until after World War II that the neighborhood came to fruition. As a forerunner to American suburbanization, it served to connect other surrounding neighborhoods of the Northeast. Mayfair also featured a number of groundbreaking concepts for city dwellers. This included bigger rowhomes with parking garages in the back and yards in the front.

The neighborhood has always been historically populated by Irish Americans. However, recently, an increase in the Asian American population has been evident. As of the 2010 census, the population of the neighborhood is 38,202 people.

Ethan Allen School

Ethan Allen Schools is a school in Mayfair serving students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. It is within the School District of Philadelphia. Built between 1929 and 1930, the historic school building was designed by architect Irwin T. Catharine of the Art Deco architectural style. The three-story, eight-bay, yellow brick building features an arched entryway with terra cotta cornice, terra cotta trim and brick parapet. It was named in honor of patriot Ethen Allen. On November 18, 1998, the historic school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Students attending the school are zoned for Abraham Lincoln High School.

Edwin Forrest School

Edwin Forrest School is an elementary school on Cottage Street in Mayfair. Also part of the School District of Philadelphia, it was built between 1928 and 1929. Just like the Ethan Allen School, it was designed by Irwin T. Catharine of the Arc Deco style and includes the same features. This school was named for actor Edwin Forrest. On November 18, 1988, it was also added to the NRHP. Students in the public elementary school feed to Austin Meehan Middle School.

Mayfair Park

Mayfair Park is a recreational space for residents in Mayfair. Located on Princeton Avenue, adjacent to Mayfair Elementary School, it provides amenities such as:

  • A playground
  • A baseball and softball field
  • Park benches
  • Drinking fountains
  • Overhead lights
  • The Mayfair Community Center

The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and is wheelchair accessible. However, it is not stroller friendly.

Mayfair Shopping Center

Mayfair Shopping Center is a shopping plaza catering to residents and visitors in the neighborhood. The retail space offers a variety of stores and services for the area. Some of which are a Dollar Tree, Moon flower house, Mayfair Market by Hung Vuong Food market, Sally Beauty, Holiday Hair, Planet Fitness, Montesini Pizza, Foot Locker, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Photo License Center, The Imperial Agency, Frankford Cleaners and Wells Fargo Bank.

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