Philadelphia Almshouse - Drawing

Historical Images of Philadelphia Philadelphiana
Philadelphia Almshouse - Drawing

Item Info

Item No: pdcp00641
Title: Philadelphia Almshouse - Drawing
Media Type: Drawings
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Located in Box: Allens Lane Art Center - Arcade Folder: Almshouses

View across the Schuylkill River of the Philadelphia Almshouse (referred to as "Old Blockley") in West Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Almshouse was previously locatated in the area between Spruce, Pine, 10th & 11th Streets in the Washington Square Area of Philadelphia (see pdcp00640). Market Street Bridge shown middle-right, and Eastern State Penitentiary in far distance.

Location in drawing constructed ca. 1832 near what is now 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard in West Philadelphia. Almshouse renamed Philadelphia General Hospital in 1902. Existed as Philadelphia General Hospital until 1977.

Ink and pencil rendering of a J.T. Bowen lithograph of the same view (see pdcp00642).

Charleton, Ian. Philadelphia General Hospital (Old Blockley): Philadelphians "Ain't Goin' to no Bellevue". Historical Society of Philadelphia - PhilaPlace website. Retrieved from:

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