A Guide to Overbrook, Pennsylvania

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The lawyers of child abuse in Overbrook presents to you this article on the neighborhood of Overbrook. Learn more about the many features of the area.

Summary of Overbrook

Overbrook is a neighborhood to the northwest of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is bounded by the SEPTA regional rail tracks on the northeast, Lansdowne Avenue on the south, North 63rd Street on the west, and a small portion of Woodbine Avenue on the north. However, the name Overbrook is often referred to a larger area that includes the neighborhoods of Overbrook, Overbrook Farms, Overbrook Park and Morris Park.

The neighborhood of Overbrook developed in several stages between 1900 and 1960. Most of the houses in the area are row homes built between 1915 and 1930 for middle-class Philadelphians who moved away from the more crowded communities. Overbrook was built as a community of choice. The neighborhood also features a number of semi-detached houses that are typically two to three floors and include over 2,000 square feet. As for single-family homes, there are not many in Overbrook. Those that could be seen were constructed before the neighborhood was developed.

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Overbrook High School

Overbrook High School was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1924 of the Late Gothic Revival architectural style. It is a public, four-year secondary school on Lancaster Avenue in the neighborhood of Overbrook. The School District of Philadelphia has designated the high school as Location #402 in the West Region. During the 2019-2020 school term, it had a total enrollment of 473 students in 9th through 12th grade. Famous actor Will Smith was an alumnus of the high school. When establishing his production company, he named it Overbrook Entertainment after the neighborhood. On December 4, 1989, Overbrook High School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Overbrook School for the Blind

Overbrook School for the Blind was founded in March 1832 by Julius Reinhold Friedlander as The Pennsylvania Institution for Instruction of the Blind. It sat at the site of the present Franklin Institute in the neighborhood of Logan Square. However, when a larger building was needed in the 1890s, a building was designed by Cope and Stewardson and built in Overbrook. In 1946, the school officially changed its name to the Overbrook School for the Blind.

Overbrook School for the Blind is one of the only four approved charter schools in Pennsylvania for blind and deaf children. It produced the Gospel of Mark – the first embossed book in America – and the first magazine for the blind. Elisabeth Freund, a German-Jewish educator and writer, also developed a Touch and Learn Center for the school that was later adopted by other blind centers worldwide.

Morris Park

Morris Park is a green urban playground for residents and visitors in the Overbrook neighborhood. Situated on North 68th Street near the Overbrook School for the Blind, the park was established by the City of Philadelphia as part of a donation done by Wistar Morris of the affluent Morris family in Philadelphia when he died in 1891. The donation helped with the preservation of Indian Creek in the park.

However, because the city failed to maintain it, the park was littered with trash for years left by local residents. In 2004, local resident Dan Gasiewski and his brother Tom founded the Friends of Morris Park. The nonprofit volunteer organization spent ten years revitalizing the 147-acre park to what it is today. Morris Park is now a perfect escape for nature lovers. It offers two miles of trails for walking, biking, hiking, and bird and wildlife watching. Picnic areas are also located throughout the park for relaxation and group gatherings. During the summer, concerts are also held in the park for residents and visitors of the area to enjoy.

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