Ted Bundy's grandparents' house.

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Ted Bundy's grandparents' house in Roxborough, Philadelphia.

This is the location where Ted Bundy's grandparents' "Colonial-style" house once stood.

At the time, the address was 7202 Ridge Avenue. Nowadays, the lot is home to a small strip mall.

Bundy lived here with his mother, aunt, and maternal grandparents (Samuel and Eleanor Cowell) until he was three years old.

The identity of Ted Bundy's biological father is unknown. His mother, Louise Cowell, gave birth to him outside of wedlock on November 24th, 1946. According to family members, Ted's father was a Navy veteran who refused to have any involvement in his son's life.

During the 1940s and 1950s, there was a large social stigma attached to being an unwed mother. As a result, Ted's grandparents decided to raise him as their own child.

In 1950, his mother Louise opted to leave Philadelphia and move to her uncle's house in Tacoma, Washington. Before relocating to the west coast, she changed Ted's surname from Cowell to Nelson in order to hide the fact that he was an illegitimate child.

In 1951, Louise met a hospital cook named Johnny Bundy at a Methodist church in Tacoma.

Later that year, the couple were married, and Johnny adopted Ted as his own son. It was at that stage that four-year-old "Ted Nelson" became officially known as "Ted Bundy."

Where did Ted Bundy's grandparents live?

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates.

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

40.045338, -75.232438

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

499 Domino Lane
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
PA 19128
United States

Directions.

The lot is situated on the corner of Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane in Roxborough. The strip plaza is currently home to Tony Roni's Pizza and Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard. It is opposite the Ivyridge shopping mall. The original address of the house was 7202 Ridge Avenue.

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A photograph of the house.

Ted Bundy's grandparents' house

This is an old photograph of Ted Bundy's grandfather's house in Roxborough. It was taken on March 29th, 1950. At the time, Ted was still living here. He would have been nearly three and a half years old.

On the right, you can see Ted's pajamas (or jumpsuit) hanging from the clothesline.

Bundy lived in this "Colonial-style" house until his mother decided to start afresh by moving to Tacoma.

Photo courtesy of PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records.

7202 Ridge Avenue.

Bundy's grandfather, Samuel Cowell, was a gardener who regularly advertised his flower nursery in the local newspaper.

The advertisement above was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 25th, 1950. The address is listed as 7202 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia.

Bundy's grandparents' home.

Bundy grandparents' home location

The house is visible in this aerial image from 1965. As you can see, it sat on the corner of Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane in Roxborough. The strip plaza that is present today was built five years later, in 1970.

The large shopping mall to the south did not exist while Bundy was living here.

1948.

1948 Roxborough

This aerial photograph was taken on May 2nd, 1948. At the time, Bundy was an 18-month-old toddler. During the 1940s and 1950s, this was a rural middle class neighborhood in the northwest of Philadelphia.

Ted Bundy as a child.

Ted Bundy as a child.

These are colorized photographs of Ted Bundy when he was a young child.

For the first few years of his life, "Ted Cowell" lived at his grandparents' house on the north side of Philadelphia. During this time, he was led to believe that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother, Eleanor, was his sister.

One story about this period of Ted's childhood claims that the three-year-old placed a number of knives around his aunt while she was sleeping.

However, the accuracy of this story has been disputed. Judging by an 1989 letter that we saw posted on the "Hi, I'm Ted" Facebook page, this story may have been exaggerated.

In the letter, Ted's aunt Julia claims that on that particular day, he was in a "rambunctious mood" and had taken various items out of a kitchen drawer and placed them on the bed.

However, he didn't just select knives. He also grabbed harmless utensils such as an egg beater.

If this is true, then it means that Ted didn't menacingly surround his aunt with a set of knives.

Samuel Cowell.

Samuel Cowell

Samuel Knecht Cowell was Ted Bundy's grandfather. He married Eleanor Longstreet in 1923.

The couple had three daughters: Louise (Bundy's mother), Julia, and Audrey. Cowell worked as a landscaper and gardener.

There have been conflicting reports about Samuel Cowell. According to the findings of psychiatrist Dorothy Lewis, Samuel Cowell was an abusive alcoholic who was cruel to animals and spoke to "invisible" entities. He was also prone to fits of anger.

However, a number of people who knew Cowell claimed that he was a kind, supportive, and helpful gentleman who loved his family.

Roxborough Gardens Club

Roxborough Gardens Club

Ted's grandfather was a member of the Roxborough Gardens Club. This newspaper clipping is from an article that was published in February of 1949.

4617 Pulaski Avenue.

4617 Pulaski Avenue.

Ted's grandparents moved to 4617 Pulaski Avenue in Philadelphia after they sold their house in Roxborough. It is likely that Ted visited this house on a number of occasions while he was temporarily living at his aunt's house in Lafayette Hill in 1969.

His grandmother Eleanor Cowell passed away in April of 1971 at the age of 76. Eleanor was a diabetic who suffered a stroke during the mid-1950s. She also underwent Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for depression. Because she had agoraphobia, she seldom left her house - especially during the final years of her life.

In December of 1983, his grandfather Samuel passed away at the age of 85. By that stage, Bundy was on death row.

Coordinates: 40.022151, -75.165723

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Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane.

Ted Bundy Philadelphia

This Google Street View image of Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane was taken in October of 2018.

The back.

Samuel Cowell house

This is a photograph of the back of 7202 Ridge Avenue, as seen from Domino Lane. It was taken on March 29th, 1950.

Photo courtesy of PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records.

Ted Bundy in the 1950 census.

Ted Bundy census

The United States census of 1950 was held on April 1st, 1950. The data was released to the public 72 years later, on April 1st, 2022.

This census record shows that the Cowell family was living at 7202 Ridge Avenue. It also shows that three-year-old Ted was listed as Samuel and Eleanor's son.

Aerial image.

Aerial image

This aerial image illustrates the location where the house once stood.

Overlay.

Overlay

Above, we've overlaid the old photograph on top of the most recent Street View image. Note that its position is approximate.

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