World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Upsala (mansion)

Article Id: WHEBN0014168401
Reproduction Date:

Title: Upsala (mansion)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Upsala-mansion.png, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, National Register of Historic Places listings in Northwest Philadelphia
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Upsala (mansion)

Upsala (mansion) is located in Pennsylvania
Upsala (mansion)
Location 6430 Germantown Avenue
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Area < 1-acre (4,000 m2)
Built 1798-1801
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Cliveden, Inc.
NRHP Reference # 72001174[1]
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972

Upsala is a historic mansion in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was the site of an American concentration of forces during the Battle of Germantown, used as a staging ground for the attack on British forces at Cliveden across the street.[2]

Upsala was built in 1798 by John Johnson, III, the grandson of the builder of the nearby John Johnson House, who is said to have bought the land in 1766. It stands directly across Germantown Avenue from Cliveden, Benjamin Chew's mansion. Although he was raised as an English-speaking Quaker, Johnson was descended from one of Germantown's earliest settlers, Dirk Jansen. Johnson married Sally Wheeler in 1801, and together they had nine children at Upsala.

Dirck (or Dirick) Jansen owned the land before 1775. The older, rear part of the house was built around 1745. John Johnson, Sr. is said to have bought the land in 1766. There is speculation over whether father or son owned the house first. John Johnson, III inherited the property in 1797 and built the front section of the house.[3]

It was a staging ground of the Continental Army at the Battle of Germantown in 1777.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It is a contributing property of the Colonial Germantown Historic District.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "Upsala". National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 1971. 
  3. ^ Eberlein, Harold Donaldson; Horace Mather Lippincott (1912). The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and Its Neighbourhood. J. B. Lippincott Company. p. 255. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 

Further reading

  • Marion, John Francis. Bicentennial City: Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia. Princeton: The Pyne Press, 1974.
  • Moss, Roger W. Historic Houses of Philadelphia: A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
  • Tinkcom, Harry A. and Margaret B. and Grant Miles Simon, Historic Germantown: From the Founding to the Early Part of the Nineteenth Century. Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Soc., 1955.

External links

  • Article at
  • Listing at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
  • Photographs at the Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Philadelphia's Historic Northwest Coalition, Historic Sites - link to Upsala museum tour information
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.