A Working-Class House in the Capital City

A Working-Class House in the Capital City (HM5VD)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 56.851', W 75° 8.871'

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Wealth makes all the distinction of classes in Philadelphia.
Duc de la Rochefoucault-Liancourt, 1783
The house of a workman stood here in the late 1700s when Philadelphia was the temporary capital of the United States. Its location is marked by the brick square in front of you. The house had only two rooms and an attic, each on top of the other. Houses like this often served as both residence and workplace.
A shoemaker, a turner, a coachman, a tavernkeeper, and a coppersmith —each in turn—lived here during a ten-year period. Like eight of ten Philadelphians, they rented rather than owned their own houses.
Today the house is gone, and few traces of its occupants remain. Their belongings were inexpensive and commonplace, things easily discarded. No one wrote their biographies. Rarely did their names stand out in history. Yet they made up the vast majority of Philadelphia's population.
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HM NumberHM5VD
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Placed ByIndependence National Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:12am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487369 N 4421942
Decimal Degrees39.94751667, -75.14785000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.851', W 75° 8.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 51.06" N, 75° 8' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 173-199 S 4th St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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