Masonic Hall, Chesnut Street, Philadelphia


This print by David Chillas is an exterior view of the two-story Masonic Hall on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The Gothic-style building is adorned with battlements, pointed windows and doors, and a 180-foot-high (54.86-meter) wood steeple. The hall was constructed between 1808 and 1811, purportedly after the designs of William Strickland (1788–1854), adjacent to brick row houses on the north side of Chestnut Street. Pedestrian traffic in front of the hall includes three men conversing on the sidewalk, a couple strolling by, two ladies walking arm-in-arm, and an older woman moving with a basket balanced on her head. A fancy horse-drawn carriage moves west along Chestnut Street. The hall, rebuilt in 1820 following a fire the previous year, was demolished in 1853. Based in Philadelphia, Strickland was one of the first architects of the Greek Revival style in the United States as well as a civil engineer and artist. Chillas was a Scottish-born lithographer and printer, active in Philadelphia circa 1852−58, about whom little is known.

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Subject Date

Publication Information

William Spink, William Kneass & Philip R. Engard, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Masonic Hall Chesnut St. Philada. Erected A.D. 1813. Destroyed by Fire A.D. 1819.

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 49 x 46 centimeters


  • Digital catalog number: POS 460

Last updated: January 8, 2018