American Philosophical Society Hall

Independence Sq., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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American Philosophical Society

1. EXTERIOR VIEW

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Since 1789 this two-story late-Georgian brick building has housed the fortnightly meetings of one of America's oldest and most honorable learned societies. The organization traces its origins to 1743, when Benjamin Franklin publicly urged the creation of an institution to stimulate interest in learning. Over the years the Society has counted America's intellectual elite among its members. Thomas Jefferson was one, and at his urging, the records of the Lewis and Clark Expedition are preserved in the Hall. The Society's journal, "Transactions", continues as the country's oldest scholarly periodical. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 12, 1965

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000675
Architectural style
Georgian
Areas of significance
Science; Religion; Social History; Invention
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Research facility
Current function
Research facility
Period of significance
1750-1799
Significant years
1768; 1789

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2012: New Street View added by wdzinc

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