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.

116 Almond St. (image center) - Built c1745

1753 - Philadelphia Contributorship (205) to Jonathan Sune cites front house shingling 7-8 years old and kitchen shingling 5 years
John Stow (recast Liberty Bell) made the first 250 plaques for the Philadelphia Contributorship. This plaque is the earliest known remaining and is in the collection of the Insurance Co. of N America.