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Category:Powel House

Powel House is a historic mansion/museum located at 244 South 3rd Street between Willings Alley and Spruce Street in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Built in 1765, it has been called "the finest Georgian row house in the city." (Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide (2nd ed.)) Merchant and shipmaster Charles Stedman never got the chance to live in his new home, as he fell into financial difficulties, sold the house in 1769 to Samuel Powel, who would become the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule, and the city's first mayor after the Revolution; he was later dubbed the "Patriot Mayor." In the 20th century, the house had become a warehouse, and was slated for destruction, but was saved by the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks in 1931, and restored to its previous elegance as a museum which showcases the daily lives of wealthy Philadelphians at the time of the American Revolution. Noted architect Robert Smith worked on the interior, employing some of the city's best artisans. (Source: Historic marker on site)


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