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Powel House, Philadelphia

The Powel House is a historic house museum located at 244 South 3rd Street, between Willings Alley and Spruce Street, in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in 1765 in the Georgian style, and embellished by second owner Samuel Powel (1738 - 1793), it has been called "the finest Georgian row house in the city." As with other houses of this type, the exterior facade was, but the interior was elaborately appointed.HistoryThe elegant brick city house was built for Charles Stedman, a merchant and shipmaster. Before he had the chance to live in it, Stedman fell into financial trouble - eventually winding up in debtors' prison. The house was purchased for £3,150 on August 2, 1769 by Samuel Powel, who would become the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and the city's first mayor following independence. A Quaker who converted to Anglicanism, he supported the American Revolution and was dubbed the "Patriot Mayor."The building is attributed to architect/builder Robert Smith. Powel and his wife Elizabeth (née Willing) lavishly redecorated, creating some of the most ornate interiors in the Colonies. The Rococo plastered ceilings are attributed to James Clow, and the architectural woodwork is attributed to carvers Hercules Courtnay and Martin Jugiez.
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  • I appreciate the house was saved - it almost wasn't. that said, there is not that much to see; basically 4 rooms and the center hall. The guide did a nice job but was a little flummoxed by questions t...  more »
  • If you're in the Society Hill area (near the Physick House), be sure to book a tour of the mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion, Powel House. We were guided through the estate by Meghan, who has an amazi...  more »
  • We received a great tour from Meagan, one of the directors at the house. She clearly knew about the house and the history of the residents, and how they interacted with our nation's history. You will ...  more »
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  • I absolutely fell in the love with the Powel House when I first saw it. It is a gorgeous historical home in Society Hill, Philadelphia that is filled with a such a rich history. We chose to have our small intimate wedding there and were blown away by how accommodating the staff was and how beautifully the house was transformed for the reception. I would highly recommend for a tour or even more so if you're looking to host a wedding or other event. Thank you Jennifer for everything!
  • Lovely gracious house furnished in the style of the 1700's
  • Nice historic place that is often over looked. You should set an appointment with the care taker so she can have a personal tour with you. But walk-ins welcome
  • Simply amazing history and architecture. Great place for an event!
  • Well preserved historic location great for short visits
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