Merchant's Hotel, Number 38, North Fourth Street, Philadelphia

Description

This advertisement shows the front facade of the five-story hotel with balcony built in 1837 at 38 North Fourth Street in Philadelphia after the designs of William Strickland (1788–1854). The name of the proprietor, Sanderson, i.e., Joseph M. Sanderson, adorns the entranceway. Also shown is the hat shop of Lazel Elmes, a tenant in the building. A display of hats adorns the doorway to the shop. Merchant's Hotel was a premier early 19th-century hotel that was visited by several presidents and used as the presidential campaign headquarters of James Buchanan in 1856. The building was destroyed by fire in 1966. 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. The illustration is by John Caspar Wild (circa 1804–46), a Swiss-born artist and lithographer who produced paintings and prints of Philadelphia and other American cities.

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Publication Information

P.S. Duval, Lithographer, Philadelphia

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Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 22 x 22 centimeters

Notes

  • Digital catalog number: POS 471

References

  1. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.librarycompany.org/pos/posdictionary.htm.
  2. John Caspar Wild, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org.

Last updated: April 16, 2014