A little slice of modernity in Holme Circle

You’ve probably driven by it countless times in your commute along Holme Avenue. Or perhaps you’ve parked in front of it while attending a game at Crispin field. Or even idled near it while stuck behind a SEPTA bus. But you probably never actually noticed it – Greenbelt Knoll, that is.

A small, one-street development off Holme Avenue, tucked into Pennypack Park between Holme Circle and Convent Avenue/Pennypack Street, Greenbelt Knoll has been eluding residents’ attention since 1956.

The 18 single-family homes on Longford Street were built by Morris Milgram, a pioneer of opening housing, and were featured last week on PlanPhilly. Writer Alan Jaffe highlights the homes’ modern designs, including their bold colors, angular lines and their incorporation of their natural surroundings. He also took photos of some of the impressive homes.

Several local historians have lived in the development over the years, including Milgram, and Greenbelt Knoll was placed on the city’s Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Who said there’s nothing historic about the Northeast?

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