Cliveden (Chew House)

Address: 6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Neighborhood: Germantown


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Contact: 215-848-1777

Description: Cliveden, completed in 1764, survives as a superb example of late-Georgian architecture, and as the most important landmark associated with the Battle of Germantown. The stuccoed-stone house, its gabled roof decorated with arched dormers and urns, was the country estate of Benjamin Chew, attorney general of Pennsylvania. The battle that raged around it on October 4, 1777, left its scars when Washington ordered a full-scale assault on a British contingent. Although Germantown was an American defeat, it was not a disaster. Impressed with Washington’s strategic ability—aided by the victory at Saratoga that same month—the French decided to help the American cause. Cliveden has been restored and is open to the public as a historic house museum.

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  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond

Image courtesy of Cliveden of the National Trust