Castner Scrapbook v.17, Education 1, page 64

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.17, Education 1, page 64

Item Info

Item No: pdcc03047
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.17, Education 1, page 64
Historic Street Address: 1021-1029 Chestnut Street
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item 1, entire page: Detailed article about the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), established in 1805, making it the country's oldest functioning museum and school of fine arts. The article is accompanied by an image of its 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 institution was built on the surviving foundations of this original structure.  Reproduction of an 1809 engraving by Benjamin Tanner after J. J. Barralet, for an unidentified publication, 16 x 11.5 cm, undated.  The article contiues on the next item, #pdcc03047.

Creation Year: 1845
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.157915
Geocode Latitude:39.950478

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.17
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
John Dorsey - Architect
Benjamin Tanner - Engraver
John James Barralet, approximately 1747-1815 - Artist