Fire Insurance Surveys
German Schoolhouse

 

Fire insurance surveys have a wealth of architectural information about properities including types of
construction, materials, ownerships, and drawings. For this site, two fire insurance surveys
(Franklin Fire Insurance and Pennsylvania Fire Insurance) were found relating to the site.

Franklin Fire Insurance

Franklin Fire Insurance Survey: an image of the survey for the property behind the site of the
First Reformed German Church, 141 and 143 North Fifth Street.

Policy No. FF 0 50332


Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Click on the above image to view the entire document.

 

 

Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company

Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Survey: a transcription of the structures
found on the property neigbhoring and owned by the Church.

 

Policy No. PA 1 1815

 

Survey of the Ministers Vestrymen & Church Wardens of the German Lutheran Congregation
in and near the City of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania.


Transcription:

Survey of the Ministers Vestrymen & Church Wardens of the German Lutheran Congregation in and near the City of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania.


Four three story brick houses occupied as stores and dwellings situate on the east side of fourth street between Mulberry and Cherry Streets being...Dimensions about 66 feet front inclusive by 38 feet deep. The Piazza to house of which are about 8 by 10 feet. The Kitchen are about 13 by 15 feet deep.

The first story of the south house has two rooms. The front room being the dry good store having a neat fashionable bulk window, the glass 13 by 19 inches and a sash down door, the glass two lights wide. The door folding with moveable shutters. Carolina pine floors. The back room has a plain marle mantle, a...closet, a twin windows back 16 lights, the glass 10 by 17 inches with panels and shutters. Pilaster trimmings throughout.

The second story has two rooms, two windows front the glass 9 1/2 by 17 inches, a wood mantle and closet to each room Carolina pine floor, Grecian moulding, trimmings, a twin window back the glass 10 by 17 inches.

The third story as tow rooms and an entry, white pine floors, two wood mantles, a 13...closet, two windows front the glass 9 1/2 by 12 inches, a twin window back, the glass 10 by 12 inches. The Garrett stairway is partitioned from the front and back rooms and enclosed between them.

The Garrett has two rooms, white ine floors, a closet over the stairs, a segment head. Dormer windows, front 10 by 12 inch glass and a ridge head dormer back 9 bby 11 inches, a double pitched roof covered with slate and brick...These...of a similar kind.

The northern house is 18 feet front is similarly finished as the...described three houses and has an additional back building being the kitchen and the first story finished for a dwelling.

The first story has an entry and two rooms has folding doors, two neat pilasters, mantles, two windows front the glass 9 1/2 by 17 inches, with panels, shutters, and a twin window back the glass 10 by 17 inches. Carolina pine floor.

The Piazza contains an open newell stairway with mahogany handrailing and a turned ballustrade, a window to each story. The Kitchen. First story has heat floor , a fireplace and closet, two windows 10 by 12 inch glass.

The second story in nearly similar and has two closets and a wood mantle. Single pitched roof of slate.

The north house is 18 fe front. The remaining...about 16 feet each including an alley which is built over.

 

Approved May 20th 1831

John N. Bauersachs

Secretary of said Confederation

 

May 19th 1831

 

House paid Church $2600

each of the other 3 $1800 - $5400

 
 
 
 

$8000

 

February 1, 1839 - a Bath...erected in rear of the house next to the Church - and a bath...sometimes...and a Taylor shop in rear of the...from the Church.

Source: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

 

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