Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Public Housing

Westfield Acres, Camden

photograph of Westfield Acres

Completed in 1938 and designed by the same architect responsible for the Mackley Homes in Philadelphia, Oscar Stonorov, this complex served low-income residents well until undercut by rising levels of poverty, and in the 1980s, a scourge of drugs. ( St. Joe’s Carpenter Society)

St. Joe’s Carpenter Society


Completed in 1938 and designed by the same architect responsible for the Mackley Homes in Philadelphia, Oscar Stonorov, Westfield Acres in Camden served low-income residents well until it was undercut by rising levels of poverty, and in the 1980s, a scourge of drugs. Torn down with funds from HUD’s Hope VI program to create a more residential look and feel to the community, the new Westfield Acres extended outward with the guidance of the community development organization.

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