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Robert Smith

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
1. Robert Smith Marker
Inscription. Here stood the home of colonial Philadelphia’s leading architect and builder. Born Jan. 14, 1722 at Dalkeith, Scotland, he died Feb. 11, 1777. Among his buildings are the Christ Church steeple, St. Peter’s Church, the Walnut Street Prison, and Carpenters’ Hall.
 
Erected 1982 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.436′ N, 75° 8.751′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South 2nd Street just south of South Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 606 S 2nd St, Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Decatur (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Queen Village / The New Market and Head House (about 600 feet away); Mason-Dixon Survey (about 600 feet away); Society Hill / The New Market and Head House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Capt. Charles Massey House (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Forten (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Smith (1722–1777)
Robert Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 14, 2010
2. Robert Smith Marker
. “Smith, who quickly became a member of Philadelphia’s Carpenters' Company, is considered by many authorities to be the foremost master-builder, or carpenter-architect, of the Colonial Period. (The term ‘architect,’ which connotes formal training didn't come into parlance in the United States until about the year 1800.) A master-carpenter was a jack-of-all-trades. He not only knew the art of woodworking as one might expect, but the arts of engineering, masonry, and contracting as well.” (Submitted on June 12, 2010.) 

2. Robert Smith: Architect, Builder, Patriot. 2000 book by Charles Peterson et. al. on Amazon.com (Submitted on June 13, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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