- Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Torresdale, also formerly known as Torrisdale, is a neighborhood in the Far Northeast section of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Torresdale is located along the Delaware Riverbetween Holmesburgand Bensalem Township in neighboring Bucks County.
The adjacent confluence of the
Poquessing Creekwith the Delaware Riverhad been favored by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, as the site for the city that Penn planned to found. Although a more southerly site was finally selected, Holme and others acquired property there, where he is buried.
Torresdale was named by
Charles Macalesterfor his Scotland home.
In 1894, Torresdale was the site of the regatta of the
Rowing Association of American Colleges. [ [http://www.rowinghistory.net/IRA.htm List of winners of the regatta of the Rowing Association of American Colleges] ]
Long before there was what is referred to today as the
Pennsylvania Main Line, Torresdale, along with Holmesburg to its south and Andalusia to its north, had been Philadelphia's posh suburban neighborhood, as evidenced by, for example, Glenn Foerd on the Delaware, a luxurious riverside estate.
Torresdale is the site of
Holy Family University.
The Frankford Avenue Bridge over Poquessing Creek is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
[http://allsaintstorresdale.homestead.com/home.html All Saints' Episcopal Church] was established in 1772.
Eden Hall Chapel, built in 1849, was demolished in 2007.
The municipal Baxter Water Treatment Plant opened in 1909 as the Torresdale Water Treatment Plant.
Prominent former residents include
Virginia Knauer, William J. Green, Jr., William J. Green, III, Francis Anthony Drexel, Saint Mother Katharine Drexel, 1930s news commentator Boake Carterand Gia Carangi.
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