Item No: pdcl00051
Title: 4th Street at Prune (now Locust)
Additional Title: 4th Street at Prune (now Locust)
Historic Street Address:
Fourth and Locust Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"4th Street at this intersection is filled with historic associations. On the southwest (far) corner is the residence of Dr. Caspar Wistar, famed professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. This house, built about 1750, was the scene of Saturday evening parties, a kind of salon, to which gentlemen of social and intellectual distinction were invited. Continued after Wistar's death in 1818, they became known formally as the Wistar Parties and were a social function to which guests were admitted only by membership. On the northwest corner opposite Wistar's house a small house occupied from 1796 to 1800 by Louis-Philippe, Duc d'Orlâeans (later King of France), and his brother the Duc de Montpensier."--OPEP, p. 54.
Rows of houses with tree-lined sidewalks.
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.