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Cliveden

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County of Philadelphia.
Germantown Avenue, between Johnson and Cliveden Streets
National Register Number: 66000677
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
2004.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: House Museum; www.cliveden.org..
Web Site: www.cliveden.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 20, 1961):
Completed in 1767, this Georgian-style house with handsome pediments, cornices, and a fine doorway was the home of Benjamin Chew, Attorney General of Pennsylvania. It is the most important surviving landmark of the Battle of Germantown (October 4, 1777) which, combined with the American victory at Saratoga in the same month, helped to secure the alliance of the United States with France.

Condition:
Owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private organization.

Matching funds in the amount of $300,000 from the 2003 federal Save America's Treasures program will support the installation of a climate control system to protect the house against moisture penetration and rising damp. Cliveden is experiencing severe interior plaster and exterior stucco damage from an as yet unidentified source. Remediation may require disassembly of a large roof-top urn and brick pier. The estimated cost of work is $10,000.


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