Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse

City of Philadelphia, PA

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting selected a 1.83-acre site located on the edge of Fairmount Park for their new 8,500 sf place of worship. Seeking a place for peaceful reflection in our busy world, the new meetinghouse is an environmentally friendly, traditionally styled building surrounded by woods and gardens. The new location also incorporates energy efficient and sustainable design and honors the heritage of Quaker architecture. 

Nave Newell’s civil engineers incorporated sustainable design features such as rain gardens, rock swales, and porous pavement to meet the requirements of the Philadelphia Water Department and the Wissahickon Watershed Standards. Nave Newell also evaluated possible design modifications to reduce the City and State permitting costs for the Meetinghouse and secure exemptions to many of the City stormwater requirements.