Item No: pdcc00607
Title: Rau's Photo of Philadelphia.
Print and Picture Collection
Halftone reproduction of panoramic photograph of Philadelphia. Shows the familiar skyline of the city when the statue of William Penn atop City Hall was the highest point. Buildings are identified from left as Racquet Club, Hotel Walton, Bellevue-Stratford, Land Title, "North American", City Hall, Wanamaker's, Com. Trust, Girard Bldg., "Reading Terminal", Mutual Life, Penn Mutual, P.O., Continental Hotel.
Inscription lower left corner reads: Copyright, 1907, by Wm. H. Rau.
Caption reads: Rau's photo of Philadelphia, from southeastern section of old city toward City Hall, showing the great retail business, hotel and theatre district; about 55 square miles of the city's area is built up, with nearly 400,000 structures; the real estate is assessed at $1,250,000,000; city debt, $61,620,320; 1,730 miles of streets, occupying nearly one-third of the city's area. Philadelphia was the first city in the world built according to plan, which was prepared for Penn by Thomas Lloyd, a London surveyor, who laid out streets from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and intersected at right angles.
A917.481 P536 v.7
Rau, William Herman, 1855-1920 - Photographer
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler