William S. Peirce School
William S. Peirce School, May 2010
William S. Peirce School
William S. Peirce School
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.