"…a device like a bellpull, at the head of the Doctor's bed, raised and lowered an iron, bolt through staples at the top of the door; until this bolt was raised the door could not be opened."
Col Carr's Recollections
May 25, . . . — — Map (db m192921) HM
"…his library is a very large chamber…the walls are covered with shelves filled with books. Four large alcoves also filled in the same manner."
Dr. Manasseh Cutler's Diary
July 13, 1787 — — Map (db m192940) HM
"…I want also the dimensions of the windows in the little north room and the number of them for which you would have me bring curtains."
Ben to Deborah Franklin
London, Fall 1765 — — Map (db m192949) HM
"…in the room we call yours is your desk, the Armonica, a large chest with all your writings, boxes of glasses for the electricity, your clothes and pictures."
Deborah Franklin to Ben
Phila., Fall 1765 — — Map (db m192946) HM
Nobody with dark skin could live without fear of the kidnappers who operated under a virtual man-hunter's license provided by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. For free Philadelphians of African descent, fear always stalked the streets as man-stealers . . . — — Map (db m102438) HM
Thomas Jefferson resided at his site while drafting the Declaration of Independence. In little more than two weeks, Jefferson finished his timeless defense of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
While Jefferson labored over . . . — — Map (db m106131) HM
"…let the papier mache musical figures be tacked to the middle of the ceiling of the blue room; when this is done, I think it will look very well."
Ben to Deborah Franklin
London, June 12, 1767 — — Map (db m192927) HM
"…the curtains are not made for the blue room nor did I press for them as we had a great number of flies. It is observed they are very fond of new paint."
Deborah Franklin to Ben
Phila., Fall 1765 — — Map (db m192926) HM
"…two windows at each end, the north and south, will make it (drawing/dining room) an airy summer room; and for winter there is a good chimney in the middle made handsome with marble slabs."
Ben to his sister Jane Mecom
Phila., May 30, . . . — — Map (db m192939) HM
In March of 1793, Washington signed the Fugitive Slave Act, which gave slave owners explicit authority to recover escaped slaved from any part of the nation. Some agents even took advantage of this law to kidnap free people of African descent. — — Map (db m102240) HM
The Rampant Lion [Image of a lion with sword and shield] Crest of the the PA National Guard. Near this site, the Associators, a group of citizen-soldiers organized by Benjamin Franklin and predecessor to the modern Pennsylvania National . . . — — Map (db m19096) HM
On July 4, 1795, angry Philadelphians crowded the streets to protest the ratification of the Jay Treaty. The mob burned an effigy of former Chief Justice John Jay, who had negotiated a treaty with England that many people despised for its . . . — — Map (db m102220) HM
"For the best room in the addition…I want a mirror measuring 59½ French inches long and 43 inches wide…no frame is to be with it as it is fixed over the chimney."
Ben to Ferdinand Grand
Phila., April 22, 1787 — — Map (db m192933) HM
Hercules, Washington's enslaved chef, asked that his son Richmond be brought to Philadelphia. If Hercules wanted Richmond to witness free people of African descent in Philadelphia, his wish ended after a short period of time. Washington sent . . . — — Map (db m102439) HM
Here in 1677, Swedish settlers founded the first Christian church within what is now Philadelphia. Religious services were originally held in a log blockhouse. The present edifice, was erected in 1698-1703 and dedicated on June 2, 1700. In 1845 the . . . — — Map (db m21803) HM
"He also showed us his long artificial arm and hand for taking down and putting books up on high shelves, which are out of reach."
Diary of Manasseh Culler
Phila., Jul. 13, 1787 — — Map (db m192938) HM
Oney Judge's strong desire for freedom drove the 22-year-old enslaved seamstress to flee the President's House on May 21, 1796. With the help of friends of African descent, she found passage to New Hampshire, where she married, raised a family, . . . — — Map (db m179587) HM
On November 22, 1790, President Washington arrived at the President's House to establish his home and office. With him were eight enslaved African descendents, ordered by Washington himself to be rotated back to Mount Vernon to evade Pennsylvania's . . . — — Map (db m179613) HM
Many evenings, Oney Judge would sit on her pallet where she slept at the foot of Martha Washington's bed, sewing and listening to the First Lady read the Bible, sing hymns, and pray with her two granddaughters in the next room.
In the 1840s, . . . — — Map (db m102275) HM
Using culinary influences from Abruzzi, Italy. Brothers Pat and Harry Olivieri created one of the nation's favorite fast foods. The steak sandwich, from a centuries-old recipe used in American homes, Pat's steaks originated here in 1930 and invented . . . — — Map (db m82079) HM
"The blue room has the armonica and and harpsichord in it, the gilt sconce, a card table, and a set of tea china I brought since you went from home."
Deborah Franklin to Ben
Phila., Fall 1765 — — Map (db m192928) HM
By 1915 a second generation of Italian Americans organized a business association due to competing nearby markets. The Association's officers' ancestries hailed from central and southern Italy, and eastern Sicily; other members also were Americans . . . — — Map (db m81641) HM
"This addition is on the side next to the river. There are a good many hands employed and I hope to see it covered in before winter."
Ben to his sister Jane Mecom
Phila., Sept. 21, 1786 — — Map (db m192935) HM
"We have no plates or dishes fit to eat before your friends. The Queen's ware is thought very elegant here, perhaps you could bring them when you return."
Sally Franklin Bache to Ben
Phila, Oct. 30, 1773 — — Map (db m192920) HM
Abigail wrote to her sister in May of 1798 expressing her fears as the political debate heated up over President Adams' policies towards France. Over one thousand men marched in support of Adams on the street outside her window, while rumors . . . — — Map (db m102222) HM
Built in 1759 with adjoining Paschall House. Last of the 18th century inns of colonial Philadelphia owned by Colonel Blaithewaite Jones, who was in charge of the Delaware River defenses of Philadelphia during the Revolution, and John Wood, famous . . . — — Map (db m31273) HM
At his print shop here, Robert Bell published the first edition of Thomas Paine’s revolutionary pamphlet in January 1776. Arguing for a republican form of government under a written constitution, it played a key role in rallying American support for . . . — — Map (db m32264) HM
On this site in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s narrative poem, “Evangeline,” Gabriel LaJeunesse and Evangeline Bellefontaine were reunited in the almshouse of the Society of Friends, located here 1729–1841. — — Map (db m50804) HM
In this church on the 4th of July 1779 was held the first public - religious commemoration of the Declaration of Independence. Attendance at the Holy Mass, then sung, was The Continental Congress, The President and official head of the new . . . — — Map (db m9113) HM
About the Mural:
This mural project was a partnership of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD), the PFD Family Association and Wawa to honor and celebrate the first responders in the city of Philadelphia. The PFD's . . . — — Map (db m210980) HM WM
This mural was restored in 2004 by artist Ernel Martinez. The original mural was designed and painted by Cliff Hudson. Cliff passed away in 2009. He created this mural and many others throughout Philadelphia as part of the Anti-Graffiti Network and . . . — — Map (db m210896) HM
Nathan Rapoport (1911-1987) began his career in Poland, where he won a scholarship to study art in France and Italy. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Rapoport, who was Jewish, fled to Russian controlled territory, where he worked briefly in . . . — — Map (db m192763) HM
Persistence is an imagined portrait by artist Jason Andrew Turner that was created in collaboration with women at the Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) in 2019. The portrait does not portray an existing person in the present, but rather . . . — — Map (db m210872) HM
The Charles C. Harrison Building at 1001-1005 Market Street housed offices, stores, and commercial uses. But in 1893-1984, it was designed by the architectural firm of Cope and Stewardson, one of the most influential architectural firms to work . . . — — Map (db m191793) HM
1885 - 1926: Home of Dr. Joseph Leidy, Jr. Notable Philadelphia physician
1925 - 1980:: Poor Richard Club and Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism
1980 - Present: Headquarters, District 1199C, National . . . — — Map (db m191625) HM
Formerly a station for the Pennsylvania Rail Road, John Wanamaker purchased this property in 1876 and created a large central market called Wanamaker's Grand Depot.
When the Depot first opened it only sold men's clothing. In 1877 Wanamaker . . . — — Map (db m191791) HM
The groundbreaking for the 1234 Market Street Building took place in April 1972. This twenty story office building, pictured here in a photo from 1976, was designed by Bower and Fradley Architects and is located between the John Wanamaker . . . — — Map (db m191847) HM
Long before it was a busy commercial corridor. Walnut Street was a fashionable resident address. But by 1930, the wealthy occupants of houses like these on the 1200 block had moved on, to mansions at Rittenhouse Square and elsewhere, and the . . . — — Map (db m191885) HM
The Western Farmers' Market was located on Market Street, west of 15th Street. This 1859 photograph shows the market sheds where fresh produce was delivered from farms that, at the time, were just north and west of Philadelphia's urban center. . . . — — Map (db m191850) HM
These photos feature attendees at the Walnut Street Walk, also known as "Let's Walk Again." First sponsored by 1971 by the Walnut Street Business Association, the walks sought to both promote Walnut Street as a place to shop and to get people out . . . — — Map (db m191881) HM
This was the center gun of Turret 1 on the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) from 1943 until 1954, fired in anger during World War II and the Korean War.
It was constructed at the Washington Navy Yard and installed on the ship here . . . — — Map (db m146660) HM
A Publication of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons since 1953
Former Building Occupants
1600 Spruce ca 1840
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Frames . . . — — Map (db m194422) HM
In the late 19th century, civic leaders in Philadelphia proposed a diagonal boulevard linking the new City Hall to Fairmount Park. In 1907, after nine different plans and much debate, Mayor John Reyburn enlisted architect Paul Crét to create a . . . — — Map (db m191903) HM
This stately Renaissance-style home at the Northwest corner of 16th & Walnut Streets was built in 1901 for a wealthy banker and designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, who also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This . . . — — Map (db m191880) HM
Originally called Broad Street Suburban Station, the large underground rail station running from 15th to 16th Streets opened up to the public on September 28, 1930. The 20-story office building above the station. One Penn Center, designed by . . . — — Map (db m191905) HM
Compass card, end of the 18th century.
View of Philadelphia, 1702. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Philadelphia.
The "new" mariner's quadrant was commonly used on ships for obtaining an estimated position. It came into use as . . . — — Map (db m192820) HM
This early version of the modern marine chronometer resolved the problem in navigation on determining longitude accurately. It increased the efficiency and safety of maritime trade and travel, which directly affected the prosperity of the port of . . . — — Map (db m192831) HM
A virtually traffic-free Walnut Street greeted passersby in 1865. The homes in this photo housed the city's wealthiest, most influential citizens. Rittenhouse Square can be seen in the center of the photo, with the tower of Holy Trinity Church . . . — — Map (db m191879) HM
Orukter Amphibolos, a steam-powered dredge, designed by Philadelphian Oliver Evans in 1834. It was used to dredge the banks of the Delaware River.
G. Matter's Bird's Eye View of Philadelphia, 1840. Courtesy of the Free Library of . . . — — Map (db m192845) HM
This handsome structure at the southeast corner of 18th & Walnut Streets, shown circa 1865, was home to William Weightman, a wealthy industrial magnate. The Rittenhouse Claridge, built in 1951, now stands on the site.
In 1865 . . . — — Map (db m191878) HM