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169 Pennsylvania National Historic Landmarks


1762 Waterworks (Bethlehem) - 12/28/2015
This early industrial construction used river power to pump water up the hill to the colonial town
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Academy of MusicPlaque (Philadelphia) - 5/21/2013
A concert hall and opera house, built in 1857 and the oldest opera house in the U.S. that is still used for its original purpose, being the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia
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Albert Gallatin House - 4/11/1997
Also known as "Friendship Hill", the home of the government servant (including U.S. Representative and Secretary of Treasury) from 1788-1832
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Allegheny Portage Railroad - 4/12/1997
The first railroad constructed through the Allegheny Mountains using a series of 10 inclines and horse-drawn barges
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American Philosophical Society HallPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Founded in 1743 and considered the first learned society in the U.S., promoting useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities
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Andalusia (Andalusia) - 5/20/2013
Also known as the Nicholas Biddle Estate, it was built in 1794 by John Craig, expanded in 1806 and 1834 in Greek Revival style by architect Benjamin Latrobe, and acquired by the Biddle family in 1811
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Arch Street Friends Meeting House (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Built in 1803, the oldest meetinghouse of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) still in use in the U.S.
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Asa Packer MansionPlaque (Jim Thorpe) - 12/28/2015
This Italianate Villa-style house was the 1861 home of the coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University
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AthenaeumPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
A special collections library founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the U.S.eful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" for public benefit
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Augustus Lutheran ChurchPlaque (Trappe) - 2/29/2016
Designed by Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg in 1743, it is the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in the U.S. in continuous use by the same congregation
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Benjamin West Birthplace (Swarthmore) - 3/15/2014
This was the birthplace of the artist who supported other artists including Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale
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Beth Sholom SynagoguePlaque (Elkins Park) - 10/18/2015
The only synagogue designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Boathouse Row (Philadelphia) - 10/3/2004
Fifteen boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells on the east bank of the Schuylkill River
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Bost Building (Homestead) - 7/1/2006
Built just before the 1892 Homestead Strike, it was used as headquarters by the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers and for reporters covering the confrontation
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Brandywine Battlefield - 3/15/2014
The battle fought here in September 1777 was a major victory for the British and enabled them to capture the city of Philadelphia
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Bryn Athyn Historic DistrictPlaque (Bryn Athyn) - 10/18/2015
The District includes three family residences—father John Pitcairn’s Beaux-Arts mansion, Cairnwood, and sons Harold and Raymond’s residences, Cairncrest and Glencairn, respectively, and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
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Buckingham Friends MeetinghousePlaque (Buckingham) - 10/18/2015
Built in 1768 in a "doubled" style, it is nationally significant as a model for other Friends Meeting Houses
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Carlisle Indian Industrial School (Carlisle) - 9/9/2016
The flagship Indian boarding school in the U.S. from 1879-1918, where Native American children would be immersed in mainstream Euro-American culture
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Carpenters' Hall (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Completed in 1773, this building hosted key meetings in the early history of the U.S., including the First Continental Congress
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CedarcroftPlaque (Kennett Square) - 3/15/2014
This was, from 1859 to 1874, the residence of poet, novelist, and Civil War correspondent Bayard Taylor
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Charles Wilson Peale HousePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
The 1810-1826 home of the painter, soldier, scientist, inventor, politician and naturalist, and now a part of La Salle University’s campus
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Christ ChurchPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Founded in 1695 and the first Protestant Episcopal church in the U.S., this is the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and the congregation included 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence
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Church of the Advocate (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2015
Built in 1887 as a memorial to merchant and civil leader George W. South, it was intended to serve as the Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia
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Cliveden (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
Also known as the Benjamin Chew House, it was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the 1777 Battle of Germantown
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College of PhysiciansPlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Founded in 1787 by 24 Philadelphia physicians "to advance the Science of Medicine…”, it is the oldest private medical society in the U.S.
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Colonial Germantown Historic District (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
Settlement in the Germantown area began, at the invitation of William Penn, in 1683 by Nederlanders and Germans fleeing religious persecution
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David Bradford HousePlaque (Washington) - 5/27/2016
Built by the successful lawyer and deputy attorney-general for Washington County who would later become a leader in the Whiskey Rebellion
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Delaware and Hudson Canal - 5/8/2008
Constructed between 1828 and 1899 to carry anthracite coal via barge from the mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania to New York City via the Hudson River
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Delaware Canal (New Hope) - 10/18/2015
At 60 miles, running parallel to the Delaware River, it is the only canal that remains fully intact from the towpath canal-building days of the 19th century
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Drake Oil Well (Titusville) - 7/1/2007
The first commercial oil well in the U.S., drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859 along the banks of Oil Creek
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Dwight D. Eisenhower Farmstead (Gettysburg) - 2/15/1997
The home and farm of the General and President
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Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
The 1829 wagon wheel-shaped penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment
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Edgar Allan Poe House (Philadelphia) - 11/3/1996
A home once rented by the author
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Edward Drinker Cope HousePlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The home of the prolific geologist, paleontologist and noted herpetologist
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Edward G. Acheson HousePlaque (Monongahela) - 9/10/2016
The home of the inventor of carborundum and the likely site of its 1890s invention
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Elfreth's Alley Historic District (Philadelphia) - 11/6/2006
Dating back to the early 18th century, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country
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F. Julius Lemoyne House (Washington) - 5/27/2016
1812 home of Dr. John LeMoyne, and his son, Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne, a noted abolitionist and builder of the first crematory in the U.S.
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Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia) - 5/21/2013
Philadelphia's second municipal waterworks, designed in 1812 by Frederick Graff, built between 1812 and 1872, and operating until 1909
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First Bank of the United States (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Chartered by Congress in 1791 for a term of twenty years as one in a three-part expansion of federal fiscal and monetary power, championed by Alexander Hamilton
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Fonthill, Mercer Museum and Moravian Pottery and Tile WorksPlaque (Doylestown) - 7/3/1994
The only poured-in-place concrete structures built by Henry Chapman Mercer, a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement
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Forks of the Ohio (Pittsburgh) - 8/6/1994
The confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, forming the Ohio River and bounding Point State Park
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Fort MifflinPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/3/2004
Bombarded and captured by the British Army as part of their conquest of Philadelphia in 1777, it housed prisoners during the Civil War
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Founder's Hall, Girard College (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2015
Considered one of the finest examples of American Greek-Revival architecture, the dimensions and plan of the 1833 building were specified by school founder Girard in his will
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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper HousePlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The home of the African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet and author
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Friends Hospital (Philadelphia) - 3/14/2014
The Quakers established the nation’s first privately-run psychiatric hospital in 1813 as “The Asylum for Persons Deprived of the U.S.e of Their Reason”
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Furness Library, University of PAPlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The 1888 red sandstone, brick-and-terra-cotta Venetian Gothic building, part fortress and part cathedral, was built to be the primary library of the University of PA, and to house its archeological collection
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GemeinhausPlaque (Bethlehem) - 12/28/2015
Built to house the married couples of the Moravian community as well as the community's place of worship, it is the oldest surviving building in Bethlehem and is also significant for its association with the botanist and mycologist Lewis David de Schweinitz
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General Friedrich Von Steuben Headquarters - 5/21/2013
The residence of the drill-master at Valley Forge
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George Nakashima Woodworker Complex (Solebury) - 10/18/2015
The site is significant for its architecture and for its association with the artist and furniture maker
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George Taylor HousePlaque (Catasauqua) - 12/28/2015
This 1760 home was built by the successful ironmaster and signer of the Declaration of Independence
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Germantown Cricket ClubPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
Founded in 1854 is was one of the four principal cricket clubs in the city and was one of the clubs contributing members to the famous Philadelphian cricket team
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Gifford Pinchot HousePlaque (Milford) - 8/10/2015
This is the ancestral home of the first director of the U.S. Forest Service and twice elected governor of Pennsylvania
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Graeme ParkPlaque (Horsham) - 10/18/2015
Constructed in 1722 by Sir William Keith as a summer residence, it is the only surviving residence of a colonial-era Pennsylvania governor
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Grey Towers Castle (Glenside) - 10/18/2015
Now on the campus of Arcadia University, it was designed by Horace Trumbauer and built in 1893 as the estate of William Welsh Harrison
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Henry Antes House (Upper Frederick Township) - 2/29/2016
Designed and built by the important regional religious and political figure in 1736, it is an example of Moravian settlement houses, in particular of a German three-room plan house.
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Henry O. Tanner House (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The boyhood home of the successful African-American painter who studied under Thomas Eakins
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Hill-Keith-Physick House (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Built in 1786 by wealthy Madeira importer Henry Hill, it was a home of "father of American surgery" Philip Syng Physick
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Historic Moravian Bethlehem Historic DistrictPlaque (Bethlehem) - 12/28/2015
A complex of the oldest surviving buildings in Bethlehem, especially early buildings constructed by the Moravians who settled the city in the 18th century
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Honey Hollow Watershed - 10/18/2015
This Conservation Area was created in 1939 and was the first agricultural area in a small watershed to show the benefits of soil, water, and wildlife conservation in action
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Horseshoe Curve - 7/2/2006
A railroad horseshoe curve in Kittanning Gap near the summit of the Allegheny Front, it covers about 220 degrees of arc
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Humphry Marshall House (Marshallton) - 3/15/2014
The 1773 residence of the botanist and a "rare example of a Pennsylvania country house"
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Institute of the Pennsylvania HospitalPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2015
An 1841-1997 psychiatric hospital, with first superintendent Thomas Story Kirkbride, known for more humane method of treatment for the mentally ill
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Insurance Company of North America Building (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Designed by architects Stewardson & Page it opened in 1925 as the home office of one of the largest property insurance companies in the U.S.
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J. Peter Lesley House (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The home for 27 years of the renowned geologist
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James Logan HomePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
The 1723 country home of James Logan, colonial Mayor of Philadelphia and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
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John Bartram House (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The 1728 home of the botanist, which includes an arboretum and the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America
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John Coltrane House (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The home of the saxophonist and jazz pioneer from 1952 until 1958
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John Johnson House (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
Between 1770 and 1908, the house was the residence of five generations of the Johnson family, and was significant for its role in the antislavery movement and the Underground Railroad
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John Wanamaker Store (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The first department store in Philadelphia, and one of the first in the U.S.
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Kuerner Farm (Chadds Ford) - 3/15/2014
This site is notable for its association with artist Andrew Wyeth, who created about one-third of his work, over 1,000 paintings and drawings, on subjects he found there over a span of 77 years
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Laurel Hill CemeteryPlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/29/2016
Founded in 1836 by John Jay Smith, it is the second major garden or rural cemetery in the U.S.
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Lightfoot MillPlaque (Chester Springs) - 2/29/2016
An archetypal small, 18th century custom grain mill and probably the only surviving one in the U.S. with an intact colonial-era power transmission system
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Lukens Historic DistrictPlaque (Coatesville) - 2/29/2016
This district is associated with Rebecca Lukens, who played a leading role in the 19th-century American iron industry, owning and managing Brandywine Ironworks, later Lukens Steel Company
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M. Carey Thomas Library (Bryn Mawr) - 5/20/2013
A former college library in Bryn Mawr College in use as a library until 1970, and today a space for performances, readings, lectures, and public gatherings
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Meadowcroft RockshelterPlaque (Avella) - 9/10/2016
The archaeological site shows the earliest known evidence of human presence and, from at least 16000 years ago, the longest sequence of continuous human occupation in the New World
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Memorial HallPlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Now home to the Please Touch Museum, this is a Beaux-Arts style building originally built as the art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exposition
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Merchants' Exchange Building (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Designed by William Strickland, in the Greek Revival style, the first national American architectural style, it operated as a brokerage house in the 19th century
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Merion Cricket Club (Haverford) - 5/20/2013
A private club, founded in 1865, and in its sixth clubhouse at the location where the club moved in 1892
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Merion Friends Meeting HousePlaque (Merion Station) - 5/20/2013
The second oldest Friends meeting house in the U.S., founded by the first known group of Welsh settlers who arrived in 1682
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Merion Golf ClubPlaque (Ardmore) - 5/21/2013
A private golf club with two course designed by Hugh Wilson; the East Course has been consistently rated by Golf Digest among America's greatest golf courses
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Mill Grove (Audubon) - 5/21/2013
The first home in America of painter John James Audubon, for whom the community is named
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Minisink Archeological Site - 8/10/2015
In an area of NJ and PA that has supported human habitation for 10,000 years, it is part of a region occupied by Munsee-speaking Lenape for the majority of the 17th and 18th centuries
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Mother Bethel A.M.E. ChurchPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1794 by Richard Allen, and is the oldest church property continuously owned by African Americans
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Mount Pleasant (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The Georgian mansion built about 1761 by privateer John Macpherson
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N. C. Wyeth Home and StudioPlaque (Chadds Ford) - 3/15/2014
The 18-acre site includes the 1908 home and studio of the artist and illustrator, along with a barn and other structures
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New Century GuildPlaque (Philadelphia) - 5/21/2013
One of the earliest, largest, and most successful organizations created in the late 19th century to deal with the problems that arose as women in considerable numbers entered the labor force
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New MarketPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Established in 1745, this is an historic street market used well into the 19th century
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Old West, Dickinson CollegePlaque (Carlisle) - 9/9/2016
Completed in 1822, this was the original building of the College, built in response to the complaints that students could not live there
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Pearl S. Buck HousePlaque (Perkasie) - 10/18/2015
The home where the Nobel-prize-winning author lived for 40 years, raising her family, writing, pursuing humanitarian interests, and gardening
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Founded in 1805, it is the oldest art museum and school in the U.S. and is internationally known for its collections of 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper
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Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Founded in May 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond, it was the first hospital in the U.S. as well as home to the first surgical amphitheatre and first medical library
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Pennsylvania State Capitol Building (Harrisburg) - 10/6/2008
Designed in 1902 in a Beaux-Arts style with Renaissance themes, it is the seat of government for the state
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Philadelphia City HallPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The world's tallest masonry building and tallest habitable building in the world from 1901 to 1908, it is the house of government for Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Contributionship (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire is the oldest property insurance company in the United States, organized by Benjamin Franklin in 1752, and incorporated in 1768
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Philadelphia Masonic TemplePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Built in 1868 with bold and elaborate elevations of Norman architecture, it is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons
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Philadelphia Savings Fund Society Building (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Also known as the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, and built in 1932, it was the first International-style skyscraper
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Philadelphia School of Design for Women (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2015
Established by the Franklin Institute in 1850 it was the largest art school for women in the country
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Printzhof, The (Essington) - 3/15/2014
This is the site of the 1643 home of Johan Björnsson Printz, governor of New Sweden
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Race Street Meetinghouse (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
An historic and still active Quaker meetinghouse known for its role in the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, and the civil rights movement
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Reading Terminal and Trainshed (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
A complex of buildings from the 1890s composed of the Headhouse, the Trainshed, and the Market, at the time one of the largest single-span arched-roof structures in the world
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Reynolds-Morris HousePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Built in 1786 by John and William Reynolds and sold in 1817 to Luke Wistar Morris, the 3½-story brick house is significant for its late-18th-century Georgian architecture
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Richards Medical Labs/Goddard Labs (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Designed by architect Louis Kahn, the buildings helped set new directions for Modern architecture with their clear expression of served and servant spaces
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RittenhouseTown Historic DistrictPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
An early industrial community where the first paper mill in British North America was built by William Rittenhouse and his son Nicholas on the north bank of Monoshone Creek
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Searights Tollhouse, National RoadPlaque (Uniontown) - 5/27/2016
Erected in 1835, this is one of the National Road’s original toll houses
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Second Bank of the United States (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
Served as the nation's federally authorized central bank during its 20-year charter from February 1817 to January 1836, modeled on Alexander Hamilton's First Bank of the United States
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St. James-the-Less ChurchPlaque (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The 1846 church is the first example of the pure English Parish church style in America, and one of the best examples of a 19th-century American Gothic church for its coherence and authenticity of design
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Jim Thorpe) - 12/28/2015
Built in 1869, the Gothic Revival church is constructed of regularly-coursed dressed stone and is in the form of a Latin cross
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Philadelphia) - 2/21/2013
An Episcopal church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition built by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849, based on an original design by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter
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St. Peter's ChurchPlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
An historic church built in mid-Georgian auditory style and opening in 1761, serving as a place of worship for many of the United States Founding Fathers during the period of the Continental Congresses
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SummerseatPlaque (Morrisville) - 2/20/2013
A brick and stone Georgian house built in the 1770s, significant for its association with George Clymer and Robert Morris, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, also serving as George Washington's headquarters in December 1776
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Thomas Eakins House (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
The studio and home of the realist painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator
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Thomas Sully ResidencePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The house was built in 1820 and briefly a home of the painter
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United States Naval Asylum (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Built in 1827 as a hospital, it later housed the Philadelphia Naval School, served as a home for retired sailors for the United States Navy from 1834 to 1976, and was ultimately redeveloped as luxury condominiums
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USS BecunaPlaque (Philadelphia) - 3/15/2014
Becuna is a Balao-class submarine, named for the pike-like fish, and served in the Pacific in World War II
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USS Olympia (Philadelphia) - 3/15/2014
Olympia saw service from her commissioning in 1895 until 1922 and was the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War
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Valley Forge - 6/10/1995
The military camp of the Continental Army over the winter of 1777–1778
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Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2015
A natural history museum founded in 1855 by William Wagner, a merchant, philanthropist, and gentleman scientist of the time
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Walnut Street TheatrePlaque (Philadelphia) - 10/18/2013
The oldest continuously operating theatre in the English-speaking world and the oldest in the U.S.
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Washington's CrossingPlaque - 5/20/2013
The location of Washington's crossing of the Delaware with a 2,400-man detachment of Continental Army, memorialized in Washington Crossing Historic Park
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Washington's Headquarters - 5/21/2013
Located in the Isaac Potts House, General George Washington made his headquarters here during the encampment at Valley Forge of the Continental Army, during the winter and spring of 1777-1778
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WaynesboroughPlaque (Paoli) - 5/21/2013
The home of Revolutionary War general Anthony Wayne; built by his grandfather in 1724, Wayne lived there for all his life except his last 5 years
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Wharton Esherick Studio (Malvern) - 5/21/2013
The studio of the craftsman-artist, built between 1926 and 1966, and reflecting his evolving sculptural style—from Arts and Crafts, through German Expressionism, ending with the free form Modernist curves that marked his later work
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William Brinton 1704 HousePlaque (Chadds Ford) - 3/15/2014
Built in 1704 by the son of the English physician and having the distinction of being one of the 14 houses standing during the Battle of Brandywine
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Woodford (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Build in 1756 as a summer residence by William Coleman, a wealthy merchant and justice, it is the first of the great, opulent, late-Georgian mansions to be erected in the Philadelphia area
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Woodlands, The (Philadelphia) - 2/28/2016
Originally the 1735 Andrew Hamilton estate, it includes a Federal-style mansion, a matching carriage house and stable, and a garden landscape that in 1840 was transformed into a Victorian rural cemetery with an arboretum of over 1,000 trees
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Woodmont (Gladwyne) - 2/29/2016
Designed in 1891 by architect William Lightfoot Price in the French Gothic style for steel magnate Alan Wood, Jr., it became the home of evangelist Father Divine, and the center of his International Peace Mission movement
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Wyck House (Philadelphia) - 10/19/2015
Also called the Haines House and the Hans Millan House, the house is actually an accumulation of 18th-century parts from 1700 to 1773, and has been little altered since 1824
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