The Old London Coffee House, Philadelphia

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
The Old London Coffee House, Philadelphia

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01078
Title: The Old London Coffee House, Philadelphia
Historic Street Address: Front & Market Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection


Depicts the building on the corner of Front & Market Streets that housed the London Coffee House in colonial times. Opened by William Bradford in 1754, The London Coffee House quickly became the place to talk politics and conduct business, including the inspection and auctioning of slaves. In 1796, James Stokes bought the establishment and converted it into his home and a store. In the following decades until it was torn down in 1883 the old building, which had been the center of business and political life in Philadelphia, housed a variety of businesses. This illustration from about 1854 shows the building occupied by a tobacco store and a clothing store.

Creation Year: ca. 1854
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.142135
Geocode Latitude:39.949680

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.11
Creator Name: Devereux, Nicholson B., approximately 1813- - Artist
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler