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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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124 Almond St. - Mutual Assurance Policy #3950 (1818)
Rachael Montgomery - SS Almond between Front and 2nd

Front - 3 story brick house, 18'x25' include of 3' alley

Lower story - 2 rooms,
- Breasts
- Plain mantle
- Surbase
- Washboards
- Closets
- Windows cased
2nd story - 2 rooms similar to the 1st story
3rd story - 2 rooms
- Washboards
- Window jams plastered
Garret - 2 rooms
- Not plastered
- Trap door
- Roof new
- 1 flat top dormer window 6 lights, glass 8"x10"
- Common winding stairs

Kitchen - 12'x30', one story high in two parts

- Washboards
- Closets
- Windows cased
- Roof new
- Plain joists & railing
- Floors heart pine boards
- Glass 8"x10"
- Party walls 9"
- Board partitions
- No ash hole

East - 3 story brick house
West - two story brick house

124 Almond St. - Franklin Fire Insurance # 64454 (1885)

3 story brick front house with 2 story brick back building and partly 1 story addition
18’x28’ front building, 12’x22’ back building and 11 story addition of 8’
- Gas lights introduced
- Yellow pine floors
- Square head front door frame with panel door
- Grecian moldings
- Marble mantle shelf with bracket