Mercantile Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00091
Title: Mercantile Branch
Additional Title: Harper's Weekly illustration of the Mercantile Library, 1869
Historic Street Address: 10 S. 10th Street
Media Type: Engravings
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Mercantile Library, originally a subscription library founded in 1820, was relocated in 1869 to this much larger building at 10 S. 10th Street. This building was previously a market and railroad depot, built in 1845, designed by William L. Johnston.

In 1869, Harper's Weekly magazine published this illustration (an embellishment of a photograph), on the occasion of the library opening in its new location.

In 1944, the Mercantile Library became the Mercantile Branch of the Free Library.  In 1953, the branch moved to a new building around the corner at 1021 Chestnut Street, after this building was demolished.

The Mercantile Branch served the Center City population, until it permanently closed in 1989.

Creation Year: 1869
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.157106
Geocode Latitude:39.951006

Creator Name: Harper's weekly - Engraver
Wenderoth, Taylor & Brown - Photographer