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Society Hill in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Thomas Neval

1721 - 1797

 
 
Thomas Neval Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
1. Thomas Neval Marker
Inscription.  
Master Carpenter - Educator - Patriot
338 South Fourth Street

1767 -
Lot purchased by Thomas Neval.
1771 - House completed. That same year Thomas Neval established the Carpenters' Guild, opening what is thought to be the first school of architectural drawing in Philadelphia - later to be carried on by the newly formed University of Pennsylvania.
1777 - Due to Thomas Neval's involvement in the American Revolution this property was sold.

Highlights of Thomas Neval's Career

1750 -
Called upon to build the clock tower and steeple of Independence Hall. The initials T.N. are thought to be his above a doorway frieze.
1759 - Made repairs on Pennsylvania Hospital.
1766 - Oversaw the construction work on the alms house.
1770 to 1783 - Designed and continually worked on Carpenter's Hall and Library Company's rooms established on the second floor.
1774 - Made Lt. Col. of the City Artillery Battalion.
1775 - Supervised the installations for the defense of Philadelphia on both sides of the Delaware
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1776 - Oversaw the construction of gun carriages for both the Continental Army and naval vessels.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkColonial EraEducationGovernment & PoliticsScience & MedicineWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1767.
 
Location. 39° 56.64′ N, 75° 8.922′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Society Hill. Marker is at the intersection of South 4th Street and Lawrence Court Walk, on the right when traveling south on South 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 S 4th St, 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. Philip Syng Physick (within shouting distance of this marker); Physick House (within shouting distance of this marker); Baruch S. Blumberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Here lieth the body of Samuel McCutchon… (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel McKaraher (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church Historic Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); In 1835… (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Paul Cox (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Thomas Neval Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
2. Thomas Neval Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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