185 E. Walnut Lane
Survey, Franklin Fire Insurance Policy O 23864
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

plan of 1st floor

Note: First floor plan included.

"Survey made February 21st, 1856, and reported to the Franklin Fire Insurance Company of Philadelphia.

"For Thomas Brown Smith

"A two story dwelling house and two story stone kitchen rough cast. Situate on the northwest side of Chestnut Street (Walnut Lane) about 75 feet west of Morton Street, 22nd ward, late borough of Germantown.

"Dimensions of main house 27 ft 3 in front by 34 ft deep. The kitchen 15 1/2 ft by 19 1/2 ft. Floors at the 1st story 2 girders running across the building 9 in square joist.....white pine window frames, yellow pine sills, sash all double.....at all windows of the first story 1 1/2 in. white pine panel'd shutters hung with iron strap hinges and at all the windows of 2nd story 1 1/4 in. outside pivot blinds with butt hinges.....at the front of hall a square head white pine plank door frame with side lights and transom, jambs and heads cased and panel'd, side lights with 1 in. panel'd shutters, brown stone sill. In hall a continued rail stairs to garret, yellow pine steps, mahogany hand rail.....stairs panel'd wainscotting, closet under stairs with door opening in dining room.....The parlor has 3 casement windows, 2 at front and one at the side, inside sash doors, each in two parts on hinges with 3 lights of glass and one panel in each, glass 15x22 in. At east end of parlor a bay window, sash double hung, 32 lights of glass, 9 1/2x18 in., 1 in. inside panel'd shutters, top of window covered with tin, a fireplace with white marble mantel and fireboard with register, the ceiling finished with plaster cornice and centre piece. The dining room has one casement window same as in parlor.....A closed private stairway off the kitchen to 2nd floor, white pine steps, and flight of stairs under to cellar. The kitchen has 2-8 light windows, glass 14x16 in, a fireplace with Hill & Shocks cooking range, a large kitchen closet with 6 doors panel'd and 2 drawers, an out door to wash house, water pipes, door and window jamb faced with 3 in. molding.....Story 8 1/2 ft.....

"Second story divided same as the first story with two rooms over the parlor, a door from entry to west room front, and also to room over the dining room. Windows of 2nd story 8 lights glass 14x16in.....The west room front has 2 windows front and one at the side, a marble slab mantel, a register at chimney, closet at side of chimney.....a door to east room which has one window front and one at the side and door to room over the dining room which has a window at the side and one back, a closet in the wall, a small open fireplace with register at the side, wood shelf mantel.....

"Garret divided same as the first story.....in each gable end an 8 light twin window, 4 lights in each sash.....a pediment window at the front of roof.....the front room has a wood shelf mantel and closet. Back room wood shelf mantel.....Story in centre 8 1/2 ft.

"Second story of kitchen, a small entry at head of private stairs and 2 rooms, one the bath room, other chamber.....The bathroom has a plank bathtub with pipes for hot & cold water.....Story 8 1/2 ft.

"Hardware of good quality, stud partitions. Gas pipes, a heater in the cellar. The main house a double pitch slate roof, with a large pediment at front of roof, the eaves and gable extending over the wall about 18 in. and plastered under eaves.....The kitchen a double pitch slate roof, wood cornice, tin gutters. A piazza at the front of house, yellow pine floor.....ceiling plastered.....A piazza at the hall door same as front, a portico at casement window of dining room.....Adjoining the kitchen a one story frame wash house, weather boarded with 1 in. white pine boards, running lengthwise, tongued, grooved, plan'd and painted, a single pitch white pine shingle roof, plain eaves, yellow pine floor, an out 4 panel'd door.....windows 8 lights.....outside panel'd shutters, inside plastered and ceiled....Pilasters and heads around the outside of the window frames. House new."

Addendum:
"November 16th, 1860: Survey of addition and alteration to the within described building. The one story frame wash house removed and a two story frame kitchen built in place. Weatherboarding 1 in. white pine boards running lengthwise plan'd, jointed, tongued, grooved and outside painted. First story one room yellow pine floor, an out doorway square head.....The cooking range, dresser and sink taken from stone part and placed in this, 2 closets off first story door.....Second story a doorway to stone part, yellow pine floor, a small entry room and bathroom.....Bath room one window, 8 lights glass 14x14 in. all windows in 2nd story with outside folding blinds, plank bath tub lined with copper tin'd. From bathroom a door to frame passageway to 2nd story of a 2 story frame privy, the passageway about 3 ft 4 in wide 8 ft long and story 7 1/2 ft on the inside and has 2-8 light windows.....and privy one window.....The kitchen has a double pitch slate roof, eaves furnished same as back building of stone part. Gas through all parts and woodwork well painted."

See original for more details regarding materials, woodwork, windows, shutters, eaves and cornices, etc.


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