513-515 S. 4th St.

513-515 Spruce St.

Taylor sketch, 1861
Thorp, 2004

The historic drawing on the left shows a double lot containing a residence on the right and a workshop on the left, separated by an alley. The exact dates of construction for these two structures are unknown, but obviously prior to 1857 as illustrated on the atlas. The following is a table describing the evolution of the lots from 1857 to 1956. It was determined that at the time of the drawing, the lots were both owned by Alexander Robb. They were transferred as a parcel three times, ending with a sale to George Griffiths in April of 1867. In November of that same year, he divided the property and sold the west portion (alley and shop) to Charles G. Artzt. Sometime between 1867 and 1869, the shop at 515 Spruce St. was demolished and a new three story masonry dwelling was constructed. Probably at the same time, the building at 513 Spruce St. was also demolished and replaced with a matching three story brick building. These buildings still exist on the lots today. Also note that 509 Spruce St. (pictured on the right edge of the drawing and photo) remained unchanged from 1861 to 2004.

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Chronology

Date
515 Spruce St.
Combined lots
513 Spruce St.
1857 Atlas   Atlas showing wood framed shop and brick building  

1861

  Taylor sketch showing wood framed shop and three-story brick building  
February 1, 1862  

Alexander Robb to the Philadelphia Contributorship

“all that certain brick messuage or tenement, and lot or certain piece of ground”

 
December 15, 1866  

The Philadelphia Contributorship to Joseph Scattergood

“all that certain lot of ground”

 
April 5, 1867  

Joseph Scattergood to George Griffiths

“all that certain lot of ground with improvements thereon erected”

 
November 30, 1867

George Griffiths to Charles G. Artzt

“all that certain lot or piece of ground with the frame shop on the western part thereof erected...[and] one half of the party wall now erected between this lot and the premises No. 513 Spruce St.”

   
1869

Fire insurance policy no. 11378 for Charles G. Artzt

"brick dwelling house...three stories high with a wooden verandah at north end of back building" for $2500

   

1874 Atlas

  Atlas showing two adjoining brick buildings  
February 1, 1877

Charles G. Artzt to Charles F. Bonsall

“all that certain lot or piece of ground with the three story brick messuage or tenement thereon erected”

   
1885 Atlas   Atlas showing no changes to building footprints  
October 13, 1893 Charles F. Bonsall and Mary L. his wife to Charles T. George    
1897 Atlas   Atlas showing additions to the back of both buildings  
June 30, 1905 Charles T. George and Ella B. his wife to Benjamin Weisberg    
1915 Atlas   Atlas showing no changes to building footprints  
December 31, 1915     George Griffiths to Inter-City Realty Co.
July 5, 1917     Inter-City Realty Co. to Frank L. Scott
July 2, 1918     John S. McCormick, Jr. and Helen Scott his wife, William Scott and Mary F. his wife, Lidie West Scott, widow (of Frank L. Scott) to Lidie West Scott
July 22, 1919     Lidie West Scott to Virginia Kaskey, wife of Mitchell
April 12, 1923     Mitchell Kaskey and Virginia his wife to Fannie Hirsh wife of Frank
March 8, 1933 Benjamin Weisberg and Rose his wife to Samuel Weisberg    
March 8, 1933 Samuel Weisberg to Benjamin Weisberg and Rose his wife    
May 6, 1936 Benjamin Weisberg and Rose his wife to Samuel Weisberg    
October 20, 1938 Samuel Weisberg and Anna his wife to Benjamin Weisberg and Rose his wife    
1939 Atlas   Atlas showing no changes to building footprints  
January 31, 1939

Fire insurance policy no. 11378 for Samuel Weisberg

"dwellings--apartment houses"

   
March 30, 1945     Frank Hirsh and Fannie his wife to Frank Hirsh and Fannie his wife
June 30, 1947     Frank Hirsh and Fannie his wife to Louis Berkowitz and Esther his wife
November 4, 1948 Rose Weisberg, widow to Samuel Weisberg    
November 29, 1949 Samuel Weisberg and Anna his wife to Rose Weisberg    
November 5, 1952 Rose Weisberg to Samuel Weisberg    
May 4, 1953 Samuel Weisberg and Anna his wife to Samuel Weisberg and Anna his wife    
1956 Atlas   Atlas showing no changes to building footprints