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Benjamin Franklin once wrote: "if you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." Over the course of his remarkable life, Franklin did both. He was a succes…
The architect who drafted the Parkway plan in 1897 envisioned a grand boulevard like the Champs-Elysses in Paris and those of the 1893 Chicago's World Fair in Chicago. Here, a constellation of art schools and museums would become the city's cultur…
1977 Lorenzo Gonzalez Even on a windless day the cape swirls around this hero of three revolutionary wars. As a young man, Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) commanded Spanish forces in support of the American Revolution. Later the native Venezuel…
Pioneer baseball professional; a great early 2nd baseman. Played for the Philadelphia Athletics, 1865-75. Phillies' first owner & president, 1883-1902. Published "Official Base Ball Guide." His A.J. Reach & Co., maker of sporting goods, was here.
A veteran of the Civil War, he was a leading military historian. Editor & compiler of the two-volume Pennsylvania at Gettysburg. Active in preservation efforts at Gettysburg & Valley Forge. In 1888, a founder of The Civil War Library & Museum
Internationally renowned vertebrate paleontologist and zoologist, Cope lived and worked here in his later years. He wrote many scientific papers describing hundreds of fossils & living animals and is famous for his long-standing feud with O.C. Mar…
Among America's most influential rare book dealers, he helped build many of the nation's great libraries. He and his brother Philip established the Rosenbach Museum & Library to share their personal collection with the public. They lived on this b…
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Opened on June 2, 1927, the Central Library was designed in the Beaux Arts style by Horace Trumbauer & Julian Francis Abele. It was built to serve as the main building of the Free Library of Philadelphia, chartered in 1891.
Soldier, civil engineer. Major general, U.S. Army. Commander, victorious Army of the Potomac at Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. Philadelphia was his family's home; he died at No. 1836 here, in a house given to him for his service to the nation.