London Coffee House

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01080
Title: London Coffee House
Historic Street Address: Front & Market Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection


Depicts 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. Shows Black women standing on a raised platform being bid on at a public auction. 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. 

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.142135
Geocode Latitude:39.949680

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.11
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler