Girard College, Main Building, Philadelphia


This print is a view of Founder's Hall, Girard College, Philadelphia, issued in around 1835 as a souvenir of the building while it was under construction. The text at bottom announces: “Girard College. Main Building. Now erecting near Philadelphia under the superintendence of T.U. Walter, Esq.” The building was designed in the Greek Revival style by Philadelphia architect Thomas Ustick Walter and constructed in 1833-47. It occupied a site between what became Girard Avenue and Ridge Avenue at Corinthian Avenue. Small figures are seen in front of the building, emphasizing its great size. Girard College was established through a bequest from Stephen Girard, a Philadelphia financier and philanthropist, for the creation of a school for poor white male orphans. The illustration is by George Lehman (circa 1800–70), a Swiss-born landscape artist and lithographer, who in 1824 immigrated to the United States with his family, several of whom were also stonecutters.

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Publication Information

Lehman & Duval, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Girard college. Main building

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 26 x 31 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 309


  1. George Lehman, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia,
  2. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary of Lithographers,

Last updated: February 26, 2014