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Man-Full-of-Trouble Tavern and Benjamin Paschall House

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1759; 1963–1965 restored, E. Nelson Edwards. 127–129 Spruce St.

The tavern is a rare survivor and along with its near twin to the west, the Benjamin Paschall house, was built in 1759 and restored in the heyday of the Society Hill restoration. Inns such as this must have been common along the port. Its low gambrel roof and the continuous coved cornices at the roof and under the pent eave are old-fashioned elements that suggest the work of an aged carpenter. Restored by Edwards, it includes an imaginative re-creation of a tavern interior complete with steel cage bar for the dispensing of alcohol in the parlor. It is now owned by the University of Pennsylvania.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Man-Full-of-Trouble Tavern and Benjamin Paschall House", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 67-67.

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