U.S. Mint, Philadelphia


This lithograph print shows the second building of the United States Mint, which needed more space for its rising production than was afforded by its first structure. The new Mint opened in 1833 and was designed by William Strickland (1788–1854) in the early Greek Revival style. It is a simple building with two stories and a basement. Its wide flight of stairs, portico, and Ionic columns appear both dignified and inviting. The print is by John Caspar Wild (circa 1804−46) a Swiss-born artist and lithographer, who arrived in Philadelphia from Paris in 1832. He produced paintings and prints of Philadelphia and other American cities, including Cincinnati, Saint Louis, and Davenport, Iowa. His works are important historical records of these cities before the era of large-scale industrialization and rapid urban growth.  Wild partnered with John B. Chevalier in 1837−38 to publish Wild's “Views of Philadelphia."

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Lithography of Wild & Chevalier, Philadelphia


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2 prints : lithograph ; 18 x 23 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 764
  • Issued as plate 16 in Views of Philadelphia, and Its Vicinity (Philadelphia: Published by J.C. Wild & J.B. Chevalier, Lithographers, 72 Dock Street, 1838).


  1. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org.
  2. U.S. Department of the Treasury, http://www.treasury.gov/about/history/exhibition/Pages/philadelphia.aspx.
  3. John Caspar Wild, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.librarycompany.org/pos/posdictionary.htm.

Last updated: February 26, 2014