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Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration

 
 
Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 6, 2019
1. Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker
Inscription.  (Large image of Cupola)
Merchants' Exchange Building is based on Classical Greek architecture

Choragic Monument of Lysicrates
(Image of stereograph)
Illustrated above in a 1907 stereograph, the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athen, Greece was built between 335/334 BC and is the first Classical Greek structure to used exterior Corinthian capitals.

Published in 1762, Stuart & Revett's The Antiquities of Athens' plate at the right was part of the first scholarly study of Classical Greek architecture. Architect William Strickland used it to design the Exchange's cupola.

(Black & white illustration.)
Plate Chap. IC, Plate III. The Antiquities of Athens, 1762, Stuart & Revett.

Problems of repairs.
(Three color images.)
Deteriorated window sash
Deteriorated column bases
Failing protection paint coating

The Cupola has Changed Over Time
(Six images dated 1864, 1947, 1963, 1964, 1971, Today)
Over the years, the Merchants' Exchange Building cupola has undergone changes. As seen in this 1864 photograph, architect William Strickland based the cupola
Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 6, 2019
2. Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker
on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. In 1901 as part of a complete building rehabilitation, architect Louis Hickman demolished the original cupola and, as seen in the 1947 photograph, moved it to the center of the east circular apse believing that that he was correcting Stickland's design mistake. In 1963, the National Park Service removed Hickman's cupola and began reconstructing the original design in 1964. In 1971, repairs were made and, again today, they are required.

Maintenance is preservation.
Funded by the National Park Service Repair/Rehabilitation Program.

Visit the Merchants' Exchange Building exhibition accessible from Third Street, 8:00 to 4:30 Mon - Fri.

Park Information
Please call (215) 597-8787 or visit http://www.nps.gov.inde for information.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park.
 
Location. 39° 56.842′ N, 75° 8.722′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Dock Street near Walnut Street. Marker is on Dock Street near Walnut and South 3rd Streets, on the right when traveling north. It is across the cobblestones to the right of the building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. House Where Lived in 1791 Alexander Hamilton
Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 6, 2019
3. Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The City Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Hannah Callowhill Penn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Bond House (about 300 feet away); William Penn (about 400 feet away); Washington Crossing the Delaware (about 400 feet away); Fraunces Tavern (about 400 feet away); Auditor’s Office Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Merchants Exchange Building, National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park. (Submitted on August 8, 2019.)
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 6, 2019
4. Merchants' Exchange Cupola Restoration Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2019. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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