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Insurance Records & Ownership Data

Insurance records from Mutual Assurance and the Franklin Fire Insurance Company provide extensive, if occasionally illegible record of historic structures built in 18th and 19th Century Philadelphia. In addition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission's records for Almond / Kenilworth Street often contain record of ownership and miscellaneous notes. What follows below is an excerpt from several surveys and ownership records of Almond Street properties. Together, this information provides a view to the kinds of structures built and a sense of their age and history and can provide a starting point for further research.

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DATA SOURCE: Mutual Assurance and Franklin Fire Insurance Company records for homes along Almond / Kenilworth Street.

114 Almond St. (image left) - Built 1747

1747 Samuel Griscom (house carpenter) sells “New” brick messuage
1761 Ellis Price (carpenter)
1762 Philadelphia Contributorship 718 to Ellis Price (shingling 15 yrs a covered pent eave front
1764 John Fuller (lawyer)
1822 Mutual Assurance 4187, 4241 to John B Palmer

114 Almond St. - Mutual Assurance Policy #4241 (1822)

Front building

John B Palmer's house - 3 story brick house
16ft front includes of 3' alley x 20'deep
1st level - 1 room
- Marble mantle
- Neat washboards
- Windows cased
- Arched head front door
- Neat jambs
- Brick arch
2nd story - 1 room
- Plain mantle
- Closets
- Windows cased
3rd story - 2 rooms
- Plain mantle
- Washboards
- Closets
- Windows cased
- 1 flight common winding stairs
Garret in one room not plastered
- Trap door
- New roof
Piazza - 7'6"x8'6" , 3 Stories high
- New with 2 flights common winding stairs

Kitchen - 11x18, 2 Story

- New 1st story finished as customary
2nd story
- Plain mantle
- Washboards
- Closets
- Windows cased
- Loft floored with rough boards 2 floors narrow heart pine, others heart pine boards
- Party walls 9"
- Board partitions

3 story brick houses to the East and West
water plenty