[Proposal for the alteration of the front of the Custom House, Philada, Pa.] [graphic]

Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887.
[ca. 1854]
1 drawing : Ink & pencil on paper ; 49 x 34.5 cm.
Banks -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Local subjects:
Chestnut St. (Philadelphia, Pa.). (search)
Philadelphia Custom House (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Alterations & additions -- ca. 1854. (search)
Second Bank of the United States (Philadelphia, Pa.). (search)
This preliminary sketch includes two images: [1. front elevation] [2. partial side elevation] It has been tentatively identified in Laverty as the Second Bank of the United States, from the number of columns (eight) & their style, shown in the front elevation. Comparing the sketches with photos of the building Plates 6A, 6B, & 7A in Gilchrist (1950) William Strickland, Architect & Engineer, the images are similar, but not identical in the side fenestration and the detail at the frieze. Gilchrist, p.53, gives a brief chronology of this building, and states that the building was sold to the federal government in 1844, whereupon it became the Philadelphia Custom House, 1844-1932. A note in Walter's diary dated Dec. 9, 1850 lists "Custom House, Philada. D. To opinion on alteration of front and sketch." and on Dec. 23, "Consultation with Collector of Port, and agreed to put two windows in the front of the Custom House, turned the work over to Mr. Rice ..." Since the watermark dates this drawing as 1854 or later, the sketch might have been made in the context of ongoing renovations to this facility. Walter left for Washington, D.C. in 1851 to become Architect of the Capitol, where he was generally consulted on most federal buildings, as well as his Capitol Extension & Dome. A John Rice is often addressed in Walter's 1854 correspondence, though with no specific mention of this building.
Date from watermark: J. Whatman, Turkey Mill, 1854.
Forms part of: Walter, Thomas Ustick. Architectural drawings collection.
Cited in:
Laverty, v.1, p. 239, WTU*062/001
Rice, John.
Strickland, William, 1787-1854
Contained In:
Walter, Thomas Ustick. Architectural drawings collection.
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