Elevation Plan of Granite Street Buildings and those Connecting with Walnut, Dock and Front Streets


This advertising print from 1853 depicts three rows of elevations showing the basic architectural stylings of the 23 distinct properties on Granite Street in Philadelphia that were constructed by John Rice for Jesse Godley between 1849 and 1853. The first two rows show the front elevations of the north and south sides of Granite Street extending from Front to Dock Streets (100–127 Granite Street). The third row shows the east and west side elevations of Granite Street, including the underground storage vault and the front elevations of properties facing Front, Dock, and Walnut Streets (200 block of South Front Street; 137–143 Dock Street; 100 block of Walnut Street). The plans include pre-consolidation property numbers; notes about properties that extend, and are accessible, from both Granite Street and Front, Walnut, and Dock Streets; and depictions of pedestrian traffic, including laborers rolling barrels on the sidewalk, horse-drawn carts, and men and women walking on the sidewalks. Godley financed the "Granite Street Improvements" in anticipation of an increase in trade that the Central Railroad would bring to the area. Builders included John Rice, stone masons Lukens & Hutchinson, brick worker George R. Creely, and granite workers S.K. Hoxie, John C. Leiper, and William Keys. The innovative granite-covered storage vault, measuring 24 feet wide by 325 feet long, was built under the street with a brick-arch arcade and was for the joint use of the tenants. The properties and vault were demolished in 1960.

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A. Kollner's Lithography, Philadelphia


Title in Original Language

Elevation Plan of Granite St. Buildings and those connecting with Walnut, Dock and Front Streets

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1 print : lithograph ; 74 x 108 centimeters


  • Scale: 1/8 of an inch to the foot
  • Digital catalog number: POS 204

Last updated: August 19, 2015