300 S. 4th St. / 400 Spruce St. (SW corner of Spruce and 4th Sts.)

Atlas images (collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia)

These historic atlas images trace the evolution of the building footprints over time. They are all oriented with North facing up. Spruce St. is the street on the top and 4th St. is the street on the right.

300 S. 4th St. (also known as 302 S. 4th St.) is on the southwest corner of Spruce and 4th Sts. It is located in the upper right corner of each map pictured here. The property as transferred in deeds also includes the two adjoining buildings to the rear/west (402 and 404 Spruce St).

In this particular location, the actual footprint of the building does not change, but the usage does, as indicated by the notations on the maps from 1897 on. The footprint for 402 Spruce St. may have included the brick and wood-framed structure at the rear of the building as illustrated in the 1857 and 1874 atlases. This part of the structure was demolished by 1885.

 

1857
Hexamer & Locher, Maps of the City of Philadelphia, Volume 1, Plate 4

 

1874
G.H. Jones & Co., Atlas of Philadelphia, Volume 1, Plate 4

 

1885
G.W. Bromley & Co., Atlas of the City of Philadelphia, Volume 1, Plate H

 

1897
Earnest Hexamer & Son, Insurance Maps of the City of Philadelphia, Volume I, Plate 4 1/2

 

1915
Earnest Hexamer & Son, Insurance Maps of the City of Philadelphia, Volume I, Plate 4 1/2

 

1939
Franklin Survey Co., One Hundred Per Cent "Intra City" Business Property Atlas of Philadelphia Penna., Plate 8

 

1956
Sanborn Map Co., Insurance Maps of Philadelphia, Volume One, Plate 50