Friday, November 21, 2008

Then and Now: 300 block of Market Street, Philadelphia


Today, the brick buildings that stand at 314-322 Market Street and their enclosed courtyard are well known as Franklin Court, a museum run by the National Park Service in honor of Benjamin Franklin on the site of the home which he built for himself. In the courtyard is the famous metal "ghost" of Franklin's house, designed by the firm of Robert Venturi and completed in 1976. Less known, however is the fact that the brick faux-colonial buildings on Market Street are also reconstructions from the 70s.

Original Photo: "Historic Commission-12380-3." 1971. Philadelphia City Archives. Philadelphia Department of Records. Oct. 26, 2008.

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