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The Historical Aspects of West Oak Lane, PA

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The law firm of child sexual abuse in West Oak Lane presents this article to the residents and visitors of the neighborhood. Our dedicated attorneys are thrilled to assist you in learning more about West Oak Lane and its many historic features.

Description of West Oak Lane

West Oak Lane is a neighborhood within the northwestern part of Philadelphia. It is bounded by Cheltenham Avenues, Broad Street, Washington Lane and Stenton Avenue. Developed between the early 1920s and late 1930s, it was a predominately Caucasian neighborhood until the mid-1960s. Today,  it is one of the middle-class African American communities of Philadelphia. The tree-lined streets of West Oak Lane feature larger detached homes with small yards. Architecturally different from those of the surrounding neighborhoods, the houses had a median home sale price of $122,941 in 2015.

West Oak Lane Jazz Festival

The West Oak Lane Jazz Festival was a popular jazz festival held annually in mid-June. Established in 2003, the neighborhood became known for its jazz festival throughout the city. Artists that have performed in it include:

  • Chrisette Michele
  • Jeffrey Osbourne
  • Chaka Khan
  • Teena Marie

However, in March of 2012, the festival was officially canceled. Naka Killebrew, the director of marketing and public relations for the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, expressed that the festival was never supposed to last forever. It has accomplished what it was supposed to do.

Ogontz Hall

Ogontz Hall was designed by architect G. Harold Murphy and built in 1929. The historic residential and commercial building complex consists of six buildings featuring the primary four-story Ogontz Hall. They are of the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style and include a limestone and buff brick exterior with terra cotta tile roofing. On November 14, 1991, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Philadelphia National Cemetery

Philadelphia National Cemetery was constructed in 1862 for those who died in the nearby Civil War hospitals. It is one of the original 14 National Cemeteries. Encompassing 13.3 acres of land, the United States National Cemetery can be found on the junction of Haines Street and Limekiln Road in West Oak Lane. It is managed by the National Cemetery Administration at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery and administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The cemetery consists of a Mexican-American War Monument honoring 38 buried veterans, an American Revolutionary War Monument honoring buried Continental soldiers from the Battle of Germantown, and a Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument honoring the 184 prisoners of war who died in Philadelphia's hospitals and camps during the American Civil War. On July 24, 1997, the national cemetery was added to the NRHP.

Read on about a Brief History of Mayfair, Pennsylvania.

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