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

City Surveys

City surveys are completed by the city and/or by the property owner for the purposes of city documentation and oftentimes for fire insurance policies. The city surveys sometimes do not contain a lot of information, but do notate ownership and lot size associated with a specific date.

 

This 1785 survey indicates that the property was owned by George Catton and was 19 feet by 80 feet.

1785

City of Philadelphia Archives

 

This survey from 1837 indicates that the property was owned by Margaret McDonough and is 80 feet deep.

1837

City of Philadelphia Archives

 

This 1842 survey also indicates that the property was owned by Mrs. McDonough and is 19 feet by 80 feet.

1842

City of Philadelphia Archives