The Drexelbrook Apartment Community opened in 1948. We have been under the same management for the past 53 years. L.William Kay is the General Partner of Drexelbrook Associates LLC which owns the apartment community. The Drexelbrook Management team are committed to providing you and your family with an affordable, safe and well kept lifestyle.
Drexelbrook offers many amenities and services not readily found at other apartment communities. We maintain our own streets; employ our own maintenance staff including: plumbing, carpentry, HVAC, as well as general clean-up of the grounds. Trash removal is from your basement, not the street. Security is 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Click here to read some of our many “letters of appreciation”.
Businesses at Drexelbrook
The following businesses are located directly across from our rental office, closest to the trolley stop.
The Discovery Tree, an Early Childhood Education Center
7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, year-round.
Half and Full Day schedules available
Currently 3 to 5 years old
(Starting in September 2009, we will also accept two-year-olds)
Children graduate from the program just before they start Kindergarten.
Children do not need to be potty-trained to enroll.
The Discovery Tree provides nutritious meals daily, including breakfast, morning snack, hot lunch, and afternoon snack. Menus are planned in accordance with guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Cakes, Cookies and Confections for every Occasion. Sophisticakes is your one stop shop for everything sweet! Delicious and Creative Cakes, Home Baked Cookies and unique treats await you. Residents can enjoy coffee or tea in front of the store or take-out for everyday or special occasions.
Dragon II Chinese Restaurant
The Dragon II features all your favorites. Chicken Fried Rice is a local favorite. Soups, salads, meats and drinks all served quickly in a clean environment. When you need good food fast, stop by the Dragon II.
The History of Drexelbrook...
“The Fundamental things still apply, as Time goes by…”
Established in 1948
Drexelbrook’s history began in 1947 with the idea of two dreamers, prominent developers Daniel G. Kelly and Fred P. Meagher. The pair realized the potential for an affordable, planned community on the site of the original Aronimink Country Club, that would offer the feel of single-home living. Kelly and Meagher’s idea blossomed into a colonial garden community of 1,223 homes in 90 federal-style buildings nestled in Philadelphia’s western countryside. Our carefully laid-out streets became accentuated with the addition of 150 original Philadelphia gas lanterns. Proudly, the lantern serves as our logo.
Further enhancing the lives of our residents were a shopping center, still here today, a 165-foot swimming pool, an ice skating rink, championship tennis courts and the Swim and Tennis Club. In 2000, we replaced all but the shopping center with a stat-of-the-art catering and corporate events center. Our current Catering & Corporate Events Center once housed 17 cottage-style guest rooms and three comfortable dining rooms. It was a private club and boasted membership in the thousands. The Club’s popularity attracted big bands like Guy Lombardo and a variety of local and national celebrities. The club catered to members until it opened to the public in 1979.
Creating Lasting Traditions
Through time and generations, our Drexelbrook community has been known for its friendliness and enduring spirit. Our Garden club, organized in 1952, is a fine example of community involvement. Thriving for almost 45 years, the club decorated the sample apartment for the holidays, hosted poolside events and annually planted 10,000 bulbs.
During the fifties, sixties and seventies, the holiday season provided the perfect opportunity for our residents to show off during our annual decorating and lighting contest. According to William Manchester’s Book, The Glory and the Dream – A Narrative History of America, “The rivalry between the garden courts became so imaginative that a hundred-thousand Philadelphians drove out every year to see it”
Many illustrious careers began at Drexelbrook. Resident Dick Clark held his American Bandstand on the restaurant’s stage for the club’s members. The young Clark was profiled by Edward R. Murrow on NBC’s popular Person-to-Person program. Clark’s new friend, one-time club manager and host, Ed McMahon, launched his career while employed at Drexelbrook. In his book, For Laughing Out loud, McMahon credits Drexelbrook owner Dan Kelly for learning “about generosity and grace”
From the fields of medicine to sports, from technology to entertainment, Drexelbrook’s list of residents looked like a page from Who’s Who in America. One Time regional manager for the Ford Motor Company, Lee Iacocca, called Drexelbrook his home.
We have hosted dignitaries at all levels from Presidents to Heads of State, Movie Stars, Religious Leaders and international celebrities.
Growing Through Change
Our long and colorful history couldn’t possibly be told here. These are just a few of the memories meticulously preserved in our extensive archive collection.
What began as a noble experiment more than a half-century ago has become a legend – one of the largest garden type apartment communities in the Philadelphia area. Today, we still apply the fundamental things; the elements of a quality, caring community. Like fine wine, we have improved with age. Our beautifully maintained community continues to attract people of all ages and backgrounds…a lasting tribute to our founders, current owners, management staff and employees.