Philadelphia Contributionship

212 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Description 

In 1752, Benjamin Franklin helped organize the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, the first fire insurance compnay in the United States and a pioneer institution in the development of the insurance business. Since 1836, this 3 1/2 story red brick house has been the company headquarters. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 22, 1977

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 27, 1971
Reference number
71000732
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Professional
Current function
Professional
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant year
1835