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Washington Square West in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

On This Site

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), December 16, 2022
1. On This Site Marker
Inscription.  
In 1868 a building of octagonal shape, designed to admit maximum light, was erected here to succeed the original amphitheater in the Pine Building. Formally opened in 1869, the new structure provided additional seating for the record numbers of medical students and physicians who came to the Hospital to observe surgery and attend lectures. It also housed, on the wall near the operating table, the Benjamin West painting of Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple. The painting had been donated to the Hospital by the artist in 1817.

The Octagonal Building was replaced by the Chapel Building in 1901, housing administrative offices, the West painting, and an auditorium used as a chapel and meeting room. It was later renamed the Elm Building in recognition of the great Elm tree growing beside it. This tree had been planted in 1841 as a cutting from a direct descendant of the William Penn Treaty Elm.

The structure which now replaces the Elm Building is the Gallery Pavilion completed in 1983. It provides the West painting once again with its own "Picture House" and serves as a unique link between the Hospital's
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historical buildings and modern facilities. The public is invited to view the painting and related historical exhibits.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Walking Tour. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducationHorticulture & ForestryScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 39° 56.709′ N, 75° 9.33′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Washington Square West. Marker can be reached from Pine Street just north of Delancey Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 Pine St, Philadelphia PA 19107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Site Directory (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); March 25, 1952 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different
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marker also named On This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pennsylvania Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 19, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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