Historically Significant Buildings in Philadelphia

The design of a building, especially those from historical periods, is an art form. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the oldest cities in the country, and as such, contains some of the most historically significant structures. Plan a trip to admire some of these buildings firsthand.

The Oldest Inhabited Street

Elfreth’s Alley has the unique designation of being the oldest continually occupied street in the city. Many of the brick buildings were constructed over 50 years before America declared its independence from Britain. The narrow road gives you a sense of what the rest of the city looked like. Since vehicles didn’t exist, they only needed to be old enough for a horse and carriage.

Franklin Court

Benjamin Franklin had the distinction of being one of the country’s founding fathers. He was a revered statesman, scholar and inventor. While his home no longer stands, a seemingly basic structure stands that gives you a glimpse of the home’s footprint.  As any architectural expert Philadelphia PA can attest, what lies under the ‘ghost structure is the original foundation of the house from which Franklin did some of his most notable work. The elder statesman passed away in the home in 1790.

Carpenters’ Hall

The Carpenters’ Company formed in 1724. By 1771, they had built many iconic structures, including Carpenters’ Hall. The building has been one of the most significant meeting places in the history of the country. It hosted the first Continental Congress that put together the plan for the colonies split from British rule. In late 1775, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay hosted a trio of secret meetings here with a French emissary, setting forth plans to implore France to join the colonists in fighting the French during the Revolutionary War. The building later housed the first bank.

An appreciation for historic buildings in America should include those in Philadelphia. The architectural beauty and significance for what went on inside will help reach a better understanding of the nation’s beginnings.

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