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This project was undertaken under the direction of the University of PennsylvaniaíńŰs Graduate Program for Historic Preservation in Historic Documentation.¨› The two watercolors on which this site is focused are found in Folio 268 in the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera at the Winterthur Library. These watercolors were composed by an unknown artist known only as "Taylor." His sketchbook, entitled "Taylor, Sketchbook, 1861," is an excellent source for architectural documentation. It is not clear why Taylor chose certain buildings as his subjects, but several guesses have been made. It has been theorized that he was capturing the vernacular landsape of Philadelphia as it was on the verge of radically changing. It was this particular website's purpose to focus on two watercolors and to trace back the evolution of these sites through many different modes of documentation. To view more sites regarding the Taylor watercolors completed by graduate students at University of Pennsylvania for HSPV 600, please visit the Taylor Sketchbooks, 1861.