Item No: pdcc01255
Title: Third Street, Philadelphia, - Showing The Ledger, and Jayne's Buildings.
Historic Street Address:
3rd & Chestnut Streets
Print and Picture Collection
Depicts a busy street scene where Chestnut intersects with Third Street. Shows passengers alighting from a horse-drawn omnibus; newsboys competing with each other to sell their newspapers to a gentleman in front of the Public Ledger building; well-dressed ladies and gentlemen walking on the sidewalks and crossing Chestnut Street; a dray being driven along Chestnut Street hauling a barrel; a coach stopped at the intersection allowing pedestrians to cross the street.
During the first half of the Nineteenth Century, the vicinity of Third and Chestnut was the business center of Philadelphia. Banks, insurance offices and most of the newspaper offices were located here. On the right is a partial view of the first Public Ledger Building, home to Philadelphia's most popular newspaper in the latter half of the19th century. Also shows the United States Insurance Office building on the Southeast corner of the intersection, and the offices of the Evening Argus newspaper next door. The Venetian-Gothic facade of the Jayne Building, seen here on the left, dominated the 200 block of Chestnut Street. Built in 1850 for David Jayne, a chemist and patent medicine manufacturer, the eight-story building was designed by William L. Johnston, and greatly influenced the development of the skyscraper. Thomas Ulstick Walter added the two wings and the wooden observation tower. The building was demolished in 1958.
A917.481 P536 v.12
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler