Castner Scrapbook v.5, Old Houses 2, page 27

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.5, Old Houses 2, page 27

Item Info

Item No: pdcc02104
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.5, Old Houses 2, page 27
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcc00372, top [image dimensions 17.0 cm x 21.8 cm]:

Photograph shows a small run-down stone building surrounded by trees and an unkempt garden. A man wearing a leather apron leans by the sill of an open window. In better days, the building, situated on the Darby Road east of Kingsessing, was the Union schoolhouse run briefly by Alexander Wilson, the famed naturalist, author and illustrator of the nine-volume American Ornithology (1808-1814). After Wilson abandoned the school in 1804, the building was used as a blacksmith-shop prior to its demolition in 1875.

Building demolished: YES 1875


Item pdcc00434, bottom right [image dimensions 10.5 cm x 12.7 cm]:

View of a two-and-a-half story white frame house, with a two-story porch supported by four huge wooden columns. The mansion, named "Whitehall", was built in 1820 by Henry Pratt on land northwest of the P.R.R. below Wakeling Street, near Frankford. A successful merchant trader, Henry Pratt also built Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park.  Whitehall remained in the Pratt family until 1853. It was eventually destroyed in 1887.

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.5
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813