AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE "LETTERS FROM PHILADELPHIA"

FROM THE 1876 EDITION OF THE AMERICAN ARCHITECT AND BUILDING NEWS




 




The “Letters from Philadelphia” in The American Architect and Building News offer a unique eyewitness account of developments in Philadelphia’s architectural scene. Part of AABN’s series of editorial correspondence about the built environment in major American cities, these letters offer a snapshot of American architecture—and architectural criticism— in the late nineteenth century.

This project seeks to contextualize and illustrate the letters for 1876, bringing them to life for the contemporary reader. The following web pages contain transcriptions of the three letters that appeared in 1876, with links to illustrated descriptions of the buildings mentioned. These descriptions are only starting points. Philadelphia’s archives offer a wealth of information about the city’s architectural history, and wherever possible we have provided suggestions for further research. The 1876 letters themselves represent only a small sample from the correspondence series, which appeared sporadically and is not included in AABN’s index. A complete survey of the “Letters from Philadelphia” remains a challenge for future researchers.

 

Letters from Philadelphia, 1876

American Architect and Building News: October 14, 1876, Pages 334-336

The Philadelphia Row House, the New York Mutual Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia Masonic Temple, Works of Frank Furness


American Architect and Building News: December 2, 1876, Page 390

Gifts to the City (Centennial Buildings), the Times Building, the Y.M.C.A., St. Mark’s Church, Obituary for William Struthers


American Architect and Building News
: December 23, 1876, Pages 43-44

The Castellani Collection at the Centennial, Sale of Centennial Buildings, Centennial National Bank