William S. Peirce School
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William S. Peirce School, May 2010
William S. Peirce School is located in Philadelphia
William S. Peirce School
William S. Peirce School is located in Pennsylvania
William S. Peirce School
William S. Peirce School is located in the United States
William S. Peirce School
Location2400 Christian St.,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°56′30″N 75°10′59″W / 39.9418°N 75.1830°W / 39.9418; -75.1830Coordinates: 39°56′30″N 75°10′59″W / 39.9418°N 75.1830°W / 39.9418; -75.1830
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built byWeiss Construction Co.
ArchitectIrwin T. Catharine
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
MPSPhiladelphia Public Schools TR
NRHP reference No.88002307[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 18, 1988

William S. Peirce School is a historic school building located in the Southwest Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine and built in 1928–1929. It is a four-story, nine bay, brick building on a raised basement in the Late Gothic Revival-style. It features pilasters with limestone caps and a projecting entrance pavilion with an arched opening.[2]


It opened in 1928 as a K-8 school, but elementary grades were dropped in 1988.[3]

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

By 2002 Universal Companies took control of the school.[4]

The school has been closed since 2007, although the building is still owned by the School District of Philadelphia.[5][6]


  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: William S. Peirce School" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  3. ^ "About Our School". William S. Peirce Middle School. 2001-06-16. Archived from the original on 2001-06-16. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  4. ^ Tuleya, R. Jonathan (2002-09-12). "Reform brings the norm". South Philly Review. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  5. ^ "What to do with W.S. Peirce School?". Naked Philly. July 14, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Adelman, Jacob (December 23, 2016). "Philly school district puts former Peirce Elementary building up for sale". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 19, 2017.