Panorama of Philadelphia. Chestnut Street, East of Fifth


This lithograph from circa 1856 shows a panoramic view of businesses marked with pre-consolidation addresses located on the south side of the 400 block of Chestnut Street (134–140, i.e., 420–428) in Philadelphia. Signage and ornaments adorn the buildings. The view includes L.J. Levy & Company, dry goods store (420); Bailey & Kitchen, jeweler, and Broadbent & Company, daguerreotype rooms (422); W.F. Warburton, late W.H. Beebe & Company, hatter, and C. Stinger, dressmaker (424); James E. Caldwell & Company, jeweler (426); and M.A. Root, gallery of daguerreotypes, Wriggens & Warden, jeweler, and S. Marot, engraver (428). The scene also shows heavy street and pedestrian traffic, including horse-drawn carriages and an omnibus. Part of the old City Hall, located at Fifth and Chestnut Streets, is also visible. A crowd of people stands at the tree-lined street corner near the building. The lithograph was produced by the firm Schnabel, Finkeldey & Demme, a partnership between three German-born Philadelphia lithographers: William Demme, John F. Finkeldey, and Edward Schnabel. The firm was active under this name circa 1856–57, and produced a series of prints detailing commercial buildings on Chestnut Street, as well as sheet music covers.

Last updated: January 9, 2018