Category Archives: Federal

Early American Federal Style architecture

Lower States on the Delaware River

The George Read House is called Stonum, a historic residence not far from the banks of the Delaware river in New Castle DE, in what was originally called the “Lower States on the Delaware River”. Read signed both the Declaration of Independence and … Continue reading

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Seven MPH on the Chamounix Speedway

The world moved much slower before the automobile. So for thrills, Philadelphia “drivers” would saddle up and race down Chamounix Speedway, named for Chamounix Mansion in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Soon after the horse speedway opened, the Quaker City Motor Club modified the horse … Continue reading

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Courthouse turned Capital of United States

Not to be confused with the Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey (one of the oldest beach resort communities in the country), this Congress Hall in Center City Philadelphia is part of Independence National Historical Park. The building started as a County … Continue reading

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High-tech Quaker farmhouse

Using a giant cauldron for boiling water in an oversized hearth was old-school equipment. Early-adopters in the 18th century worked on kitchen technology at Cedar Grove in Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania. Cedar Grove farmhouse In this historic house, the owners experimented with prototypes of … Continue reading

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Last of the Schuylkill River Villas

Rockland Mansion Fairmount Park Rounded dormers and the widows walk are the first notable features of Rockland Mansion, one of the Schuylkill River Villas in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Well proportioned columns and the half-round porch match the overall symmetry of … Continue reading

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Fanlight window and fluted columns

Venrnon-Wister House Germantown, Philadelphia, PA James Mathews is the owner of the building in the records from 1804. The Historic American Building Survey uncovered records from previous owners that date back to 1778, two years after the American Revolution. There … Continue reading

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