The area known as Cedar Park was originally farm land. Residential homes were built in the area between 1895 and 1920. The neighborhood is predominantly residential with both attached and semi-detached houses and commercial buildings. Within this vibrant community also lies a strong religious presence. Many of the churches that still stand today were erected in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These buildings possess beautiful architecture.
In the late 1880s trolley lines linked West Philadelphia to Center City. This enabled residents to commute more conveniently. With increased access to the neighborhood, the population began to grow and purpose-built apartment buildings were constructed. The architecture of the neighborhood remained diverse and often two or three groups of houses were built on a single block by different contractors and with differing styles and motifs. A common style was Queen Anne. These houses were attractive to city dwellers because of the broad tree-lined streets, front porches, bay windows and balconies.
Cedar Park is one of the neighborhoods included in the West Philadelphia Streetcar Suburb Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. The majority of the housing stock is single family homes and apartment buildings with Baltimore Avenue serving as the main commercial corridor. The community has continued to change through the years and its population has become more diverse.
Interactive Map and Boundaries of Cedar Park
Cedar Park is bounded by 46th Street west to 52nd Street, and Larchwood Avenue south to Kingsessing Avenue along the R3 railroad tracks.
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