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200 Block of Spruce Street

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1743–mid-19th century

Spruce Street west of S. 2nd Street is a well-preserved mix of two-and-one-half-and three-and-one-half-story houses. Some display the dark glazed headers of the mid-eighteenth century, while others mark the shift toward the uniform red of the Federal style. At number 200 is the Tradesman's Bank, built before 1840 as the Southern Loan Company and one of the handsomest of the Greek Revival buildings of the region (its base is a modern recreation by Henry Magaziner, 1968). Number 220 is the William Arbour house (1743–1745), whose segmental-arched window heads mark it as one of the oldest houses in the area.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "200 Block of Spruce Street", [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, 68-68.

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