Project Intent

This website has been created as a part of Professor Jeff Cohen's Documentation and Archival Research course at the Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

The aim of this project is to find as much information as possible about the history of the buildings in watercolor sketches of Philadelphia, using archival resources from various Philadelphia institutions.看看The Winterthur Library, located at the University of Delaware, holds a collection of these watercolor sketches, which were rendered in 1861 by the artist identified only as Taylor.看

The Taylor watercolor we focused on for this branch of the project was located on the 700 block of Market Street.看 Additionally, two views of city blocks were also researched to provide a broader view of the building Taylor depicted -- the north side of the 700 block of Market Street and the south side of the 700 block of Arch Street.看 It seems likely that Taylor chose to document this site in 1861 just before its destruction, as the city of Philadelphia was becoming more rapidly developed and industrialized.看 This website contains a record of our research as we traced this location through time, including written summaries, maps, and a timeline showing the evolution of the site of a city block once containing simple businesses and residences to a vastly expanded commercial district.看