Benjamin West Birthplace

Swarthmore College campus, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Description 

Located on the campus of Swarthmore College, this is the birthplace of Benjamin West (1728-1820), who made major contributions to American art through his support for young artists, such as Gilbert Stuart and Charles Willson Peale, as well as through his own painting. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 21, 1965

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000662
NR name
West, Benjamin, Birthplace
Area of significance
Art
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1750-1799
Significant years
1738; 1753