Watson Comly School
Watson Comly School, October 2010
Watson Comly School is located in Philadelphia
Watson Comly School
Watson Comly School is located in Pennsylvania
Watson Comly School
Watson Comly School is located in the United States
Watson Comly School
Location13250 Trevose Rd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°07′36″N 75°00′46″W / 40.1266°N 75.0128°W / 40.1266; -75.0128
Area8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built byL. Dieterich
ArchitectJoseph Anschutz
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002324[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

Watson Comly School, also known as Somerton Masonic Hall, is a historic school building located in the Somerton neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Built in 1892–1893, it is a two-story, four-bay, brownstone building in the Colonial Revival style. It features a one-story stone entrance pavilion and large hipped roof with stone chimney.[2] The school was named for Watson Comly, a local resident who held many public offices, including serving several terms as a representative in the state legislature.

The building served as a school from its completion until 1928, when it was replaced by a larger building on Byberry Road. The same year, the site was acquired by the Masons, in exchange for the land on which the new school was built. The Masons used it for many years from 1930 as a lodge hall.

The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Jefferson M. Moak (May 1987). "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Watson Comly School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.