Gas House and Community Garden

Glen Foerd

Gas House and Community Garden

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

Created By: Glen Foerd on the Delaware


Glen Foerd’s first owner constructed this building as a "gas house" to fuel his own house as well as the surrounding residences in the Torresdale community. Gas for the buildings was manufactured every Monday and stored here until used. By 1903 with the introduction of electrictricity, gas was no longer needed for illuminating households. At that point, this structure was converted to a boathouse, and in 1915 it was redesigned as a Swiss chalet to be used as a residence or guest house. Please be respectful of the current residents while touring the grounds.

Across the road, you’ll see our twenty-plot community garden, where our neighbors rent space for growing their own vegetables.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Glen Foerd


Leave a Comment



Download the App

Download the PocketSights Tour Guide mobile app to take this self-guided tour on your GPS-enabled mobile device.

iOS Tour Guide Android Tour Guide



Updates and Corrections

Please send change requests to