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Ground-breakers were contractor Culhane of the Wilmington Construction Company, Leo Kirk of FHA, Mayor Clifford Peoples and banker Percy H. Madeira, as Highland Gardens was officially begun.  Photo from The Delaware County Advocate, April 1942
Ground-breakers were contractor Culhane of the Wilmington Construction Company, Leo Kirk of FHA, Mayor Clifford Peoples and banker Percy H. Madeira, as Highland Gardens was officially begun. 

*AMERICA'S LARGEST PRIVATELY-FINANCED 
DEFENSE HOUSING PROJECT BEGUN IN CHESTER

Despite lowering clouds and a spongy terrain ground was broken in Chester on March 31 [1942] for Highland Gardens. The magnitude of this project probably had something to do with the unusually large audience that watched the principals in the ceremonies.

The entire area from Tenth Street to Chichester Road and extending east 1000 feet from Highland Avenue will eventually be covered with 783 homes, to be priced at approximately $4500 each. Defense workers will be given first chance to BUY these homes which will be ultra-modern.

Present plans call for 119 houses to be rushed to completion although this does not imply any skimping on, construction. Those who have seen the attractive Edgemoor Terrace development of the Wilmington Construction Company will know the same standards will be followed at Highland Gardens.

The homes will be heated by gas and air-conditioned, of masonry construction with stone foundation and the remainder of brick, with shingle roof. There will be three bedrooms and a bath on the second floor, while the first floor will include living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room.

The 73-acre area of Highland Gardens is adjacent to Buckman Village and to the FHA Thurlow Acres [later renamed McCaffery Village], rapidly rising across the road. It will have ample bus service, and is within walking distance of Ninth Street, main artery of through traffic. It is handy to the Highland Avenue Station of the Penna. Railroad and not far from the Baltimore & Ohio Feltonville Station should that line cater to the growing traffic.

From The Delaware County Advocate - April 1942
Thanks to Harvey Martin

Detail of house from Highland Gardens blotter

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Highland Gardens blotter courtesy of Bill Crowther; Click to zoom in

Blotter courtesy of Bill Crowther

Highland Gardens, Twelfth & Highland Ave., Chester, PA
..Your home of tomorrow is ready today!

"The lowest priced 3-Bedroom Home in Delaware County!
Full cost, $4945 - And only $95 down.
The simplest home purchase plan ever arranged:

(1) $10 down when home is selected
(2) $85 within 10 days
(3) Move In!"

  

The note below was posted on September 25, 2007 by our friend and Chester Police Officer Michael A Trasatti on our Rez Class Reunions page:

Date: 25 Sep 2007
Time: 14:57:50

Message

This is for anyone who is interested they started tearing down the first phase of Highland Gardens today. The first house to fall was 1000 Culhane Street and they're working their way up the street.


Photos of the demolitions c. 10/3/2007 courtesy of Barbara Selletti

 


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