Item No: pdcc01752
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.17, Education 1, page 5
Additional Title: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts [First Building]
Historic Street Address:
10th & Chestnut Streets
Print and Picture Collection
Item 1, top: Illustration of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' first building, a white marble structure in the neo-classical style, which stood along Chestnut Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Streets. The building, designed by amateur architect John Dorsey, was notable for both its domed rotunda and the wooden American eagle above the door, which was believed to have been carved by William Rush. The structure was home to the Academy from 1806 to 1845, when it was almost completely destroyed by fire. In 1847, a new home for the instituion was built on the surviving foundations of this original structure. Engraving by Benjamin Tanner after J. J. Barralet, 1809. 18.4 x 13.0 cm.
Item 2, bottom: An engraving by C. G. Childs based on George Strickland's drawing of the first home of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Published in an unknown source in 1828, this image showcases the front facade of PAFA's neo-classically designed edifice as it appeared along Chestnut Street, set between rowhomes. Recessed on its lot, the PAFA building is fronted by a landscaped yard and separated from the Chestnut Street sidewalk by an ornate iron fence line. A handful of male and female pedestrians are featured along Chestnut Street, giving life to the otherwise still image. 21.59 x 16.51 cm.
A917.481 P536 v.17
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Tanner, Benjamin - Engraver
Barralet, John James, approximately 1747-1815 - Artist
Childs, Cephas Grier, 1793-1871 - Engraver
Strickland, George, 1797-1851 - Artist