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Carpenters’ Hall

 
 
Carpenters' Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Carpenters' Hall Marker
Inscription. . . . for the purpose of obtaining instruction in the science of architecture and assisting such of their members as should by accident be in need of support, or the widows and minor children of members . . .
By-laws of the Carpenters' Company
Carpenters' Hall, completed in 1774, was the meeting place of a group of Philadelphia master builders known as the Carpenters' Company. The Carpenters banded together to establish architectural standards, to set prices for work, and to aid members' families in times of need.
A visitor to Philadelphia in the 1700s would have seen many buildings designed and constructed by members of the Carpenters' Company, including the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), Old City Hall, The Pennsylvania Hospital, Benjamin Franklin's mansion, and their own Carpenters' Hall.
The Carpenters aided the leaders of the American Revolution by offering them the use of Carpenters' Hall. It was here that the First Continental Congress gathered in 1774 to air their grievances against Great Britain.
Carpenters' Hall is a part of Independence National Historical Park, but is still owned and operated by the Carpenters' Company. Visitors are welcome during scheduled hours.
 
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
 
Marker series.
Floor plan of Carpenters' Hall, 1786 image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
2. Floor plan of Carpenters' Hall, 1786
Drawing Designs, making out bills of scantling, collecting materials, and flicking up stuff, are to be charged by the Carpenters in proportion to the trouble.
To take the demensions of floor of joists in brick buildings and nine inches, and in flone tweleve inches, more than the clear of the walls on the side the joists bear on.
An excerpt from the Rules of the Carpenters' Company
An arched dormer window
A fan sash over a door
A wooden gate
Examples of architectural details from the 1786 Rule Book of the Carpenters' Company which gave prices for house-carpenters' work.
This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.893′ N, 75° 8.832′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the entrance path to Carpenters' Hall east of 4th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Continental Congress (a few steps from this marker); Quaker School Site (a few steps from this marker); New Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker Meeting House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fawcitt House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Bank of the United States (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Working-Class House in the Capital City (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Colonial EraFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceLabor UnionsNotable BuildingsNotable Events
 
Carpenters' Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. Carpenters' Hall
Has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site posesses exceptional value<br.in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United States
U. S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1970
Carpenters' Hall image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
4. Carpenters' Hall
<i>Philadelphia - Carpenters' Hall</i> image. Click for full size.
By Work Projects Administration, circa 1938
5. Philadelphia - Carpenters' Hall
Image courtesy of the Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).
<i>Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
Photochrom postcard by the Detroit Photographic Company, 1901
6. Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.
Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
 
 
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