Founder's Hall, Girard College

Corinthian and Girard Aves., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Girard College, Founder's Hall

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Founder's Hall at Girard College is one of the greatest expressions of nineteenth-century Greek Revival architecture in the United States. As a civic ensemble, it ranks among the most notable in the country, and is integrally linked to the metropolitan expansion of Philadelphia and the growth of its institutions for education, social reform, and humanitarian aid. Furthermore, this landmark building and the unique orphans' school for which it is the centerpiece, honors its founder Stephen Girard; its endowment heralded an epoch of unparalleled philanthropy by America's wealthiest citizens. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS PA-1731)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 1969
Reference number
69000158
Area of significance
Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
District
Historic function
College
Current function
College
Period of significance
1825-1849
Significant year
1848
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2012: Updated by wdzinc: Updated Map Coordinates

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