Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Street Scene in the Capital City
Public Ledger, April 20, 1887
Close by the Pennsylvania State House and other important government buildings were vibrant neighborhoods which mixed the elegant with the mundane.
This historic print depicts the street in front of you in 1799, at the close of the decade when Philadelphia was the capital of the United States. Side by side with the stately public buildings and the brick houses of the wealthy were the small wooden homes of the working class. Next to Library Hall stood the unpainted shanty of a craftsman.
None of the original buildings in the drawing survive. Library Hall, with the statue of Franklin above the door has been reconstructed.
Erected by Independence National Historical Park.
Location. 39° 56.929′ N, 75° 8.887′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is near 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 Philosophical Hall ( a few steps from this marker); Old Custom House ( a few steps from this marker); Philadelphia Bank Building ( within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph and Amy Cassey ( within shouting distance of this marker); Second Bank of the United States ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Signer ( within shouting distance of this marker); Quaker Meeting House Site ( within shouting distance of this marker); Gilbert Stuart House ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Regarding A Street Scene in the Capital City. Engraving of 5th Street in 1799 by William Birch & Son. Library Hall on the left housed the oldest subscription library in the United States, founded by Benjamin Franklin. The original structure stood from 1790 to 1884. Rebuilt in 1959, it now contains the library of the American Philosophical Society
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,014 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.