Experience how good life can be in Lansdowne, one of the Philadelphia area’s original streetcar suburbs. Combining a rich mix of culture, convenience, and history, the 1.2-square mile borough offers all the benefits of small-town living, just minutes from downtown Philadelphia.
Located in Delaware County, Lansdowne is a diverse and progressive community of people, places, interests, and ideas. Its services, charm, architecture, and history of civic dedication combine to create a warm sense of community, all within sight of Center City Philadelphia.
Lansdowne is the perfect community to stretch your legs, get out, and go for a walk. We’ve created three customized walking tours so you can explore the beautiful and historic town by foot. See if you can spot a few of the famous landmarks we’ve mentioned below.
Lansdowne is a suburban Philadelphia community of historic churches, spectacular schools, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, and several examples of work by the renowned architect Frank Furness. It offers the best of old and new, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy living. Housing is a diverse mix that includes modest apartments, luxury condominiums, and classic single-family, row, and twin homes on tree-lined streets.
Lansdowne’s character, community, and commitment to civic engagement are what set it apart. On weeknights, residents regularly volunteer to lend a hand in making Lansdowne a thriving community through one of its many neighborhood or community organizations. Weekends can be spent sight-seeing, shopping, taking in some of its many cultural opportunities, or enjoying open space in one of Lansdowne’s nine lush parks.
When it comes to everyday errands, those too are easy. Shopping is simple. The borough is home to numerous commercial corridors that feature grocery markets, health food stores, dry cleaners, and more. Just outside the borough, you’ll find a Giant Supermarket and the famous “Golden Mile” along Baltimore Pike, which offers major retailers of all shapes and sizes.
And if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Lansdowne, remember, Philadelphia isn’t too far away. Served by SEPTA’s Elwyn Regional Rail Line, residents regularly make the trip into Philadelphia for work or whim.
Many of the same factors that make Lansdowne a lovely place to live are why it’s a wonderful place to work and own a business. Its pedestrian-friendly nature, diverse mix of people, and proximity and accessibility to Philadelphia have all helped it prosper.
One of the main reasons that Lansdowne is a business-friendly borough is its freedom from business and wage taxes. The borough supports its businesses; government and city council are volunteer, transparent, and cooperative.
Commercial rents are affordable and business corridors plentiful. Lansdowne features a lively mix of locally owned shops and businesses. From artists to accountants, doctors to dentists, restaurateurs to retailers, all have found their place in Lansdowne.
Lansdowne is a lively community. An eclectic mix of retailers comprises its commercial corridors, with shops ranging from antiques to health food, books, musical instruments, clothing, an award winning cafe, and produce stands. In addition, Lansdowne hosts an annual town-wide yard sale. Lansdowne also offers an excellent mix of entertainment and cultural options, including the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, Celebration Theater, and Lansdowne Folk Club. All provide entertainment throughout the year.
Outdoor activities in Lansdowne are equally abundant. The borough boasts nine parks. Residents can enjoy everything from shooting hoops to swimming laps, spending time with their children on the playground, or exploring acres upon acres of open space.
Regular community and cultural events and annual festivals enliven this friendly town and engage both residents and visitors alike.
A number of local groups provide entertainment throughout the year. The acclaimed Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra always presents a season of magical performances. The Celebration Theater of Lansdowne regularly brings big drama to this small town. And the Lansdowne Folk Club frequently puts on concerts that feature a mix of traditional and contemporary folk, blues, and jazz.
Summer is filled with celebrations that begin with Lansdowne’s annual Memorial Day Parade and continue with the Fourth of July Celebration. In September, the Lansdowne Art Festival attracts a diverse array of local and regional artists and performers.
Lansdowne welcomes winter with parades, holiday house tours, and more.
Kick-off your day in this inviting community at the iconic Lansdowne Theater. Continue your walking tour with stops at bountiful parks, three beautiful churches, and other historic landmarks. Your trip will be nothing short of spectacular in lovely Lansdowne.
The Lansdowne Theater opened on June 1, 1927, featuring the silent film “Knockout Riley” starring Richard Dix. Films were shown Monday through Saturday at 2:30, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Ticket prices ranged from 15¢ to 35¢. In recognition of the historical and architectural significance of the building, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
The church’s cornerstone was laid on May 24, 1887. During World War One, Miss H. Emilie Groce, first principal of New Lansdowne School, became active in the church’s civic movements: promoting planting war gardens, planning community send-off celebrations for volunteers and draftees, packing kit bags, and advocating correspondence with the boys in the service.
Standing at 108 feet tall with a trunk circumference of 22 feet and a crown width of 129 feet is the Lansdowne Sycamore. The tree is estimated to have been germinated in the mid-1600s. Lansdowne is the only Pennsylvania city to have earned the National Arbor Day Foundation’s this award for Sterling Community award for promoting continuous, systematic tree care for 10 straight years.
This subdivision includes boundaries of the property owned by Henry Albertson, a Philadelphia merchant, in the 1880s. Various styles of architecture are represented in the 71 houses in the district including American Four-Square, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Dutch Colonial, Prairie School, Queen Anne, Shingle, and Tudor Revival.
First built in 1895, it was originally Trinity United Methodist. The church has been serving the community for over 100 years and the grounds include the Living Cathedral Gardens fosters new collaboration between churches, civic groups, public and private schools and the Borough.
This passive park is three acres and scenery includes the rushing waters of Falls Run.
The park features a bubbling stream that runs diagonally through it with a wetland area and natural vegetation.
The Lansdowne Park Historic District illustrates the transformation of a rural eighteenth-century farm into a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century middle-class Philadelphia suburb. No other community in Delaware County has as large and cohesive a collection of Queen Anne-style residential architecture.
This house is the oldest residence in Lansdowne and was built in 1732 with an addition built in 1790. Local tradition tells of Generals Lafayette and Washington stopping here on their way from the Battle of Brandywine at Chadds Ford to Valley Forge. Traveling through Chester over Kings Highway (now Chester Pike) with their troops, they turned onto Darby and Radnor Road, now Lansdowne Avenue.