The Germantown Cricket Club is a cricket club in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was one of the four principal cricket clubs in the city and was one of the clubs contributing members to the Philadelphian cricket team. It was founded on 10 August 1854[2] in what is now the northwest section of the city, and is the nation's second oldest cricket club[citation needed]. Its clubhouse was designed by architects McKim, Mead & White. The U.S. National tennis championship, precursor to today's US Open, was played on Germantown Cricket's lawn tennis courts from 1921 to 1923.[3]

Germantown Cricket Club
Germantown Clubhouse.gif
Clubhouse of the Germantown Cricket Club in 1893
Germantown Cricket Club is located in Philadelphia
Germantown Cricket Club
Germantown Cricket Club is located in Pennsylvania
Germantown Cricket Club
Germantown Cricket Club is located in the United States
Germantown Cricket Club
Location5140 Morris St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°1′25.10″N 75°10′24.31″W / 40.0236389°N 75.1734194°W / 40.0236389; -75.1734194Coordinates: 40°1′25.10″N 75°10′24.31″W / 40.0236389°N 75.1734194°W / 40.0236389; -75.1734194
Built1890
ArchitectMcKim, Mead & White; Charles F. McKim
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Queen Anne, Other
NRHP reference #87000758 [1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 27, 1987

The Germantown Cricket Club was located in Nicetown from 1877 until 1890 when it moved to its present Manheim Street location after the merging with the Young America Cricket Club in 1890. The Newhall brothers joined the Germantown cricket team at this time after being the backbone of the Young America Cricket Club for forty years.

It continues as a private club with facilities for tennis, squash, swimming, and special events. The club's facilities are a designated National Historic Landmark.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Melville, Tom (1998). The Tented Field: A History of Cricket in America. p. 28. ISBN 0-87972-770-5.
  3. ^ "Germantown Cricket Club History". Germantown Cricket Club. Retrieved December 15, 2013.

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