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Sparks Shot Tower

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1808. 129–131 Carpenter St.

Just north of “Old Swede's” Church (PH33) is a rare survivor from the city's early industrial days. The tapering brick cylinder of Thomas Sparks's shot tower is where molten lead poured through a coarse sieve was formed into balls and cooled while falling from sufficient height into water. This six- (originally seven-) story tower continued to be used into the early twentieth century and is believed to be the first in the United States.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Sparks Shot Tower", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-PH32.

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, 71-71.

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